On Tuesday, LinkedIn announced that this platform is going to introduce LinkedIn Skills Assessments which is a tool that validates members’ proficiency for potential employers.
This new feature requires users to take tests in skills that are associated with their profiles. Skills could include proficiency with a program, such as knowledge of a programming language, like Java and Adobe Photoshop.
The Microsoft-owned professional network will roll out tests for design software, coding languages, and commonly used business tools over the coming weeks.
First up are English-language tests covering some 75 different skills, all free to take, but the plan, according to American Dogan, the group product manager in its talent solutions division, is to “ramp that up aggressively” in the near future, both adding in different languages and more test areas.
By using this feature, LinkedIn will let users post a badge on their profile in Recruiter or Jobs.
Passing requires a score of 70% or more. LinkedIn will also send users suggestions for jobs that require those skills.
This professional network discovered in a survey that 69% of its users think about their skills more important than their college education when it comes to job-seeking.
It also mentioned that around 76% of those surveyed requested a way for hiring managers to verify their skills.
Currently, LinkedIn has around 645 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.