In a closely watched keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show, Ivanka Trump said Tuesday that workers of the future should be able to access life-long records of their on-the-job skills from a smartphone the way many Americans can see their medical histories at a moment's notice.
'And oh, by the way,' she mused, 'wouldn't it be great, if there was a job vacancy in your ZIP code that matched the skill you have, if it got pushed to you?'
'This is not hard to do. It just hasn't been done,' Ms. Trump said.
Organizers of the annual technology bacchanal in Las Vegas drew online heckling for booking Ms. Trump to speak on its highest profile stage, despite making her appearance part of a concerted effort to focus on women in technology.
Other women with more experience in the tech sector, critics said, would have been better choices. But with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff watching from the front row, the event went off without a hitch.
Ivanka Trump told a polite audience at CES 2020 that workers in the future should be able to quickly access proof of their acquired job skills on a smartphone, the way Americans today can call up their medical records
The adviser to her father President Donald Trump said job openings should be sent via 'push' alerts to people whose verified skill sets match what employers are looking for
Sitting onstage with Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro, she said data about Americans' work histories is often left behind when they change jobs, making it harder for them to find positions that require their acquired skills.
'We need to harness technology and data to enable people to have their information in their iPhone,' she said, referring to 'big government data' as the idea's wellspring.
She noted that while most jobs in America don't require four-year college degrees, it's often difficult to confirm that a job applicant finished high school before entering the workforce.
'Why can't you have your high school degree