It was announced this week that Acclaim will begin issuing badges for Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). The association's mission is to empower capable and informed professionals to transform humanitarian action. To that end, PHAP offers digital badges for several certifications and in recognition of association membership.
As a software architect and developer, Saint-Paul Tinga is a believer in the value of IT certifications and the badges that represent them. Saint-Paul is an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, working for Pindelia. “Pindelia is a Gold-level member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program. The company works on software integration and designs new software for companies,” he explained.
Java skills are in-demand by employers, and Saint-Paul felt that earning his Oracle certification would help him stand out in a crowded field. “By becoming certified, I learned about new APIs which helped me update different parts of my programs and improve some of our software performances. It also adds credibility to my knowledge.”
Saint-Paul was issued a digital badge through Acclaim to represent his Oracle certification, and was able to create new opportunities once he shared it online. “After getting certified and adding the badge to my LinkedIn profile, two CEOs from local companies got in touch with me to work with them on a project,” Saint-Paul explained.
The badge also generated a positive response from his employer. “The CEO of Pindalia congratulated me. I can say he trusts me more now that I am certified, and he can see exactly what I did to earn that certification.”
The accolades and positive reinforcement also come from his peers and co-workers. “I’ve received feedback from others in the IT industry. They say, ‘Great job! You’re Java certified, keep going!” Saint-Paul plans to take the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 exam and then move on to reach the enterprise architect level.
In addition to all the external recognition he has received, Saint-Paul revealed that his certification and badge also provide him with inner confidence, especially when working on projects with consultants from countries around the world. “I’m now confident in my skills and am not afraid to share and defend my viewpoints.”
He believes that getting certified is worthwhile, and he encourages others to pursue certification, too. “With the badge from Acclaim,” Saint-Paul adds, “everywhere you go, people will see that you are credible in your field.”
Adding a hyperlinked badge image to your email signature is a great way to make sure your professional network is aware of your certifications, credentials and other badge-worthy recognition.
We've heard from many of you who've felt frustrated in trying to do this because email clients such as Outlook require a resized image in order to appear nicely within the email signature. That's why we've made it easy for you to download a resized version of your badge image.
Use the Large size for documents, like your resume, and the Small size for your email signature. And don't forget to copy your badge URL and hyperlink it to the image so your badge can be viewed and verified.
How to download your badge image
From your Acclaim profile page, click on the badge you'd like to download.
Click the Share button from the badge details page.
Click the Download icon from the share options.
Then select which size you'd like to download.
Choose Small Image for your email signature.
Click the URL icon from the share options. Click the Copy to Clipboard button, then hyperlink to your badge image within your email signature.
Your badge image will appear nicely within your email signature.
Have you added your badge to your email signature? If so, has anyone in your network ask you about your achievement?
If you've embarked on a job search in the past several years, you know two things to be true:
"From the hiring manager perspective, they want to see skill sets, they want to see endorsements, they want to see the complete profile of that candidate, and that now does include these microcredentials," says Jason Weingarten, co-founder and CEO of Yello, which provides software to help with recruitment.
Weingarten also points out that one possible challenge around digital badges is an employer's ability to validate the badges in order to consider them as part of the hiring process.
Seamless, real-time verification is one very key benefit to the badges issued by Acclaim. It's essential that we make it easy for employers to understand exactly what you can do as a result of the learning outcome, competency or credential that your badge represents.
What can you do to help increase employers' awareness of digital badges? If you've got one, share it. The best way for anyone to understand what this badging stuff is all about is to see badges in action.
Now, you can do more than ever with digital badges issued through Acclaim. Until recently, digital badges have largely been a tool for sharing your professional qualifications with your network and potential employers. But now, you can get something new back from those badges. You can search for jobs related to your badges and your skills.
Acclaim offers badge earners labor market insights, directly connected to the skills represented by badges. These insights are pulled in real-time from job requisitions:
Fast Company article explores how Acclaim and our partners are fueling an evolution in learning credentials
Read the full article on the Fast Company website.
"We're all going to be lifelong learners; we need to get credit for that in a way that's demonstrable." - Pete Janzow, Sr. Director of Acclaim
Recently, we walked you through how your badges will appear when shared from Acclaim to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn does not display badge images in the Certification section of the LinkedIn Profile. Since then, LinkedIn has added a new feature to profiles that we think you'll be interested in.
With their Add Media capability, you can add documents, photos, links, videos and presentations to your Summary, Experience and Education sections of the profile.
Use this new feature to add your badge image to one of the applicable sections of your LinkedIn profile. The easiest way is to:
We know you'd like to see your badge image populate within the Certifications section of your profile after sharing your badge from Acclaim to LinkedIn. While that's not a capability that LinkedIn supports right now, this is an alternate way to increase your badge visibility of your LinkedIn profile.
Sharing your badge through Acclaim to the online destination of your choice is a fast, easy way to let your professional network know about your achievements. You can share your badge during the acceptance process, and you can also go back into your Acclaim account any time and share it again. Here's how.
During the acceptance process
Click the slideshow to see how to share your badge.
Share any time
Click the slideshow to see how to share your badge.
To learn what to expect when you share your badge over LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, read more.
Adding a hyperlinked badge image to your email signature is a great way to make sure your professional network is aware of your certifications, credentials and other badge-worthy recognition. Watch this video for a quick tutorial on how to add your badge to an email signature, using Outlook and Gmail as examples.
These instructions are for PC users. If you're on a Mac, click here for instructions on adding your badge to email using Gmail. Are there other email clients you'd like help with? Let us know in the comments.
Step-by-step instructions: Gmail
If you're on a Mac and use Gmail, here's how to embed your badge in an email signature. The instructions vary slightly from those found in our video, which features Gmail and Outlook on a PC.
Step 1: Copy Image Address
Step 2: Navigate to your email signature within Gmail's settings
Step 3: Paste image URL address
Step 4: Resize the badge image by clicking on it, then selecting Small.
Step 5: Back in Acclaim, copy the badge URL from the Share Badge menu
Step 6: Time to hyperlink the badge. Highlight the badge image over in Gmail.
Step 7: Click on Change.
Step 8: Paste the link you copied from Acclaim.
Step 9: Your badge is now hyperlinked and ready to be verified by anyone you send an email to.