Identifying applicants One potential barrier to employers’ wider recognition of alternative credentials is automated applicant tracking systems, which have no standard approach to collecting this information. (Photo: Shutterstock)

What if you’ve been out of the workforce for some time and are looking to re-enter it? What if you were serving in the army or had some other reason for working but in a less traditional setting? You might find certain skills difficult to put down on a resume or use as employers look for conventional credentials to assess your skills.

However, U.S. workers are turning to alternative credentials as a way to enhance and demonstrate skills and work readiness, according to a new report from the Society of HR Management (SHRM), The Rise of Alternative Credentials in Hiring. Nearly half (45%) of workers say they have some form of alternative credential and for those who don’t have one, 49% are considering earning one.

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