complete the updates, but now we know all job applicants to our
organization are responding to the clearest possible requirements.”
Amy shared a checklist of places where the term “GED®” might be
confused with “HSE.”
• Outreach and Recruitment Documents
• Job Applications
• Job Descriptions
• Company Education Programs
• On-the-Job Training Programs
• Internship, Apprenticeship and Occupational
Below are real-life examples that might deter strong candidates
from applying to your organization along with suggested edits that
can be made to your documents to ensure you are providing the
clearest requirements needed:
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A high school equivalency (HSE) credential is
a portable, nationally recognized credential.
In every state, it is treated in the same way
regardless of which test you took to earn it.
It is the first step toward admission to college
programs, acceptance by the military, and
is a qualification for employment and
If your organization o;ers tuition support to
employees pursuing postsecondary education,
you might want to consider o;ering the same
opportunity to employees who wish to pursue
their HSE credential by taking the HiSET exam
through the Work2Career™ Program.
This yearlong program provides learning tools
where employees can:
• work at their own pace developing skills
and knowledge in a personalized, adaptive
online learning system called the
HiSET Academy™ program
• develop behavioral and soft skills
through a video-based training program,
the WorkFORCE® Program for Career
• receive HiSET test vouchers for the exam
covering the test and local fees
This low-cost employer-sponsored program
helps employees and human resource
managers demonstrate their commitment to
workforce development for under-credentialed
This employee benefit will:
• make your organization more attractive to
• help you attract a larger pool of applicants
• reduce turnover rates for entry-level jobs
• help your organization fulfill its social
• develop your employees for advancement
in your organization
Type of School Name of School/City/State No. of Years Completed Diploma or Degree?
College or Trade
Add category for “High School Equivalency
(HSE).” The HSE credential is as portable as
a high school diploma to demonstrate a
candidate’s skills and knowledge.
From Employment Application:
Replace with “high school equivalency
(HSE) credential.” The GED® test is one
of three that lead to this credential.
From Customer Service Representative Position Description:
Education or Equivalent Experience
High school diploma or general education development (GED®) is required.
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