Add a Badge: LinkedIn’s Newest Skill Assessment Feature

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Add badges of skill to your Linkedin profile that recruiters will notice.

HOW?

With LinkedIn's newest feature: Skills Assessment.

WHAT?

33 skill tests are currently available mostly for tech-related skills. If you pass the multiple-choice skill quiz you earn a badge for your profile verifying that skill. The tests are on the honor system and have to be renewed annually to retain the profile badge.

A sample assessment question, per LinkedIn Help, for JavaScript at the beginner level, for example, is: What is the HTTP verb to request the contents of an existing resource?

WHERE?

You can find the skill tests available as a button in your skills and endorsements section.

WHEN?

Now! The new feature rolled out globally this week. More tests coming soon!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH?

A competitive edge. Recruiters will be using badges as a new way to filter the candidate pool for matches to job openings.

You'll be found. Companies will also be able to target paid job ads for candidates with a verifiable skillset.

Want to learn more? Read TechCrunch’s take here.