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In today’s ever-changing business environment, it’s essential to keep your skills current and be a lifelong learner.
According to new LinkedIn research, 69% of professionals think their skills are more important than college education when job seeking and more than 76% wish there were a way for hiring managers to verify their skills so they can stand out amongst other candidates.
LinkedIn recently started rolling out Skills Assessment quizzes. These assessments are a new way for you to validate the skills you have.
LinkedIn Skill Assessments
The short, standardized tests allow you to show your knowledge about everything, from programming languages to Photoshop and various Microsoft Office programs. If you score at or above 70%, you will have the option to add a “verified skill” badge to your profile. LinkedIn hopes this profile addition will benefit both job seekers and recruiters.
Each skill assessment is developed through a rigorous content creation and review process in partnership with LinkedIn Learning industry and subject matter experts.
Show off your skills
To find the Skill Assessments, go to your profile and scroll to the Skill section. Select one of the available Skill Assessments you’d like to take. Any results are kept private to you, and if you pass (in the 70th percentile or above), you will have the option to add a “verified skill” badge to your profile. If you don’t pass, you have complete control over the visibility of their results and can brush up on your skills so you can pass next time.
Regardless of if you pass an assessment, you will receive feedback on how you did, and relevant LinkedIn Learning courses will be unlocked for free for a limited time to help improve your skills. This means you can continue to brush up on the skills you’re interested in to feel more confident and motivated, as well as to set yourself up for the future when it’s time to look for your next opportunity. LinkedIn says this is about leveling the playing field. In a press release, they said, “We want everyone to have access to opportunities based on the skills they have, regardless of their background or where they went to school.”
Is a “verified skill” badge necessary? It might be.
Anything you can do to help your profile stand out does help. I have questioned the value of others “endorsing” your skills. However, a verified skill could carry more weight than a simple “endorsement,” and it will make it easier for recruiters to search for candidates who have what they’re looking for.
LinkedIn will be rolling out on-demand assessments globally, so if you don’t see them in your profile, be sure to check back. Skill assessments currently include coding languages like C++, design software like Adobe Photoshop, and everyday business tools like Microsoft Excel. LinkedIn does plan to keep expanding the available Skill Assessment portfolio to help you show off your skills and unlock more opportunities.
What skills would you like to include in your LinkedIn Profile?