LinkedIn has added a new feature to its Linkedin Learning, It will now offer a new feature called Skills Assessments: short, multiple-choice tests that users can take to verify their knowledge in areas like computer languages, software packages, and other work-related skills.
LinkedIn tells us that 2 million tests were taken and applied across the platform. That’s a sign of how the full service might well be a very popular, and needed feature.
According to LinkedIn 69% of professionals think their skills are more important than college education when job-seeking, and more than 76% wish there was a way for hiring managers to verify their skills so they could stand out amongst other candidates.
LinkedIn Skill Assessments, a new way for you to validate the skills you have. When skills are validated you can showcase your proficiency and become more discoverable to opportunities.
The skills assessment tool is coming at an important moment for LinkedIn.
The Microsoft-owned company now has nearly 650 million people around the world using its social networking tools to connect with each other for professional purposes, most often to network, talk about work, or find work.
Each Skill Assessment, whether its Adobe Photoshop to showcase your design skills or Java to land a developer role, is constructed through a rigorous content creation and review process in partnership with LinkedIn Learning industry and subject matter experts.
Once you have taken these tests and you score within the 70th percentile or above, you will have the option to add a “verified skill” badge to your LinkedIn profile.
Show off your skills
Simply scroll to the skill section of your profile and 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.
In addition, LinkedIn also said in coming weeks they will be rolling out in-demand assessments globally that you can choose from, spanning from coding languages like C++, to design software like Adobe Photoshop, to everyday business tools like Microsoft Excel.
Linkedin also plans to keep expanding our Skill Assessment portfolio to help you show off your skills and unlock more opportunities.