Make your LinkedIn profile really stand out with the new Skills Assessment tool. When someone is reviewing your profile or resume, you can prove you have the goods to get hired. LinkedIn rolled out the new tool in September 2019, and it’s a great way to add badges and build a stronger profile.
Why You Should Take Skills Assessment Tests
Test your skills, ranging from everyday business tools like Microsoft Office products to coding languages, using short-form or multiple-choice assessment tests. If you pass, you’ll not only get a verified skill badge, but your profile will be more discoverable in opportunities.
Don’t worry if you don’t pass as your skills assessment–will only be visible if you allow it. You can also take free, relevant LinkedIn Learning courses to improve your skills.
LinkedIn claims that early results show a 30% increase in the probability that you’ll get hired if you take skills assessment tests. Here’s what LinkedIn had to say about the new tool when it was rolled out to the public:
“Each Skill Assessment, whether it’s 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 candidates have completed an assessment, a badge will be displayed on their profile in LinkedIn Recruiter and LinkedIn Jobs so hirers are able to quickly identify and verify skill proficiency.”
How to Get Started
Log in to your LinkedIn profile and scroll down to the skills section of your profile. Select the “Take Skills Quiz” link and choose from the available skills assessment tests. They have a large selection of skills to choose from, so you’re sure to find at least a few where you can shine.
You’ll need to score in the 70th percentile or above to pass and when you do, you’ll have the option to add a “verified skill” badge to your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t pass or you simply don’t want to show off your skills, you have complete control over whether the results are displayed on your profile.