Recently, we added some new features to the Acclaim platform - one of which you really seem to like: Suggest a badge. We've received some great suggestions and will follow up with the organizations who own the certifications you'd like represented as badges. Haven't suggested a badge yet? Log in to your Acclaim account and head over to your profile page. You'll see this button - click and suggest away!
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled,"Can Digital 'Badges' and 'Nanodegrees' Protect Job Seekers from First-Round Knockout?" got us thinking about the current role of badging in the process of searching for jobs. As the article points out - at this moment in time - the standard resume is still the most-used tool for HR recruiters to receive and assess job applications.
Many companies rely on algorithm-based software to comb through resumes in the early stages of the application process, tossing out any that don't include specific keywords relevant to the job posting. So how can badges offer an advantage to job seekers?
Badges are an effective networking tool
Although it's a natural tendency to spend lots of time scouring job posting sites, hoping to hit upon a few opportunities that fit your career path, most job openings are not actually published. Networking with friends, family and former co-workers is a great way to find out about those hidden opportunities. The key is to package yourself in a way that is succinct and easily understood by both a former colleague and your Aunt Susan. That's where badges come into play.
Be clear about what you can do and how you can contribute
Badges provide clarity around terms that might not have much meaning to someone not directly connected to a particular industry or academic field. They do this by clearly stating
When you share a badge from Acclaim to networking sites, we provide the option of including a customized message because we think it's important for you to provide further context about your achievement and what you can offer an employer as a result.
For example, someone sharing her Professional in Human Resources badge, conferred by the HR Certification Institute, might customize her message to say: I've mastered the technical and operational aspects of HR management, which makes me a great fit for companies seeking a Compensation and Benefits Manager.
Your credentials and skills can be verified, instantly
It's easier than ever for an employer, a manager, or anyone else you share your badge with to verify that the skills you have were gained through meaningful activities and conferred by a respected organization. All they have to do is click your badge to verify who issued your credential or recognition, when and why.
As badges become more mainstream, employers will begin to seek them out during the hiring process. Badges will provide HR managers with the kind of verified information that will help them make more informed hiring decisions - and will help you better articulate the value you can offer a company.
Issuing badges for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) program has been really rewarding because we've had the chance to get to know the talented, creative individuals who are certified associates. ACA is the leading certification for validating entry-level digital communication skills - you can learn more about the program here.
As each ACA badge earner shares his or her badge on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, on thing shines through: these folks are pretty proud of their achievements. And they should be!
Certiport - the official exam delivery provider for the ACA program - has gathered stories about the impact that ACA certification has made on individuals. They're calling this collection My ACA Story (#MyACAStory).
You can check them out here, though be aware that you might get sucked into these stories and suddenly have one less hour in your day. Or read a few of our favorites:
Nahil Riad Shadid - Nahil is a freelance graphic designer who shared that her ACA certifications add a level of trust between her and clients.
Oaishe Khandoker - Oaishe is a high school student who credits her certifications for helping land a graphic design internship.
Oscar Ivan Corzo - Oscar's path through ACA certification helped him discover a passion for mobile app development.
We've heard you guys loud and clear: you want to earn badges. Not just any badges. You want badges that will help you navigate a career path, whether you're
Notice a theme here? No matter where you are, professionally, it's never a bad idea to keep an eye on what's ahead. One way to do that is to take a professional personality assessment.
Acclaim has partnered with ClearFit to offer you a psychometrically sound survey that will help you understand how you work best, how you cope with professional demands, and what kinds of careers might be a good fit.
This information, coupled with ClearFit's Career Finder, can help you figure out what's next. And as an added bonus, you'll earn badges through Acclaim for your top three professional traits.
Take the survey, claim your badges, then share them with your network so they can see what you have to offer the workplace.
A couple weeks ago, the Acclaim team was invited to present at the Pearson Learning Leaders Forum in Chicago. The forum was titled The Power of Digital Badging in Professional Training and Development and featured three experts in the training industry who lent their unique perspectives to the topic.
When you work for an employer who not only sees the value in providing you with new learning opportunities, but wants to make sure your abilities are clearly communicated throughout the organization, you’re being set up to succeed.
And by recognizing what you can do with a badge, your employer ensures that you’re in control of that achievement. Wherever you go within the company, or if you choose to make a move elsewhere, your badge goes with you. Badges ensure that skills and learning outcomes aren’t just a moment-in-time but can support you over the course of your career.
Last week, we talked about how badges can help you land a new job. Of course before you start employing the power of badges, you have to earn one first. However, some professionals aren’t sure that obtaining certification for their skills is valuable.
“I know how to create a spreadsheet. I don’t need to take a test to prove it.” “Going through the course was enough. I’m not going to pay more money to get my certification.” “It’s not like anyone really pays attention to certifications.”
Investing the time and money into learning new skills that will strengthen your marketability and contribution-level is incredibly important. But telling an employer or your network that you know how to do something is one thing. Proving you can do it is something else entirely.
Set yourself apart.
A professional certification can set you apart from everyone else who merely checks the box on the job application that indicates they have a particular skill. And when that certification is represented with a badge, you’ve just made it that much easier for a recruiter to verify your skill.
Which of your certifications would you like to see represented with a badge? Let us know in the comments below.
After spending any amount of time on YourAcclaim.com, you’ve hopefully noticed that we’re interested in one thing: helping you get a better job. The definition of better is entirely up to you and could mean anything.
Your career is moving forward. So should your resume.
The beauty of a badge is that it’s not static, like a bullet point on a resume. It’s not vague or comprised of industry buzz words. A badge is as robust with details of your achievement as it is portable.
Although most job postings still require that you send in a traditional resume, you can increase your potential for being found by sharing your badge through Acclaim to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
If you include a personal website as part of your resume, you can embed your badge right on the site. And sharing your badge over email is a quick way to ensure current employers stay up to date on your achievements.
Show - don’t tell - what you can do.
Job titles and descriptions can be confusing. Make an HR recruiter’s job easy by showing what you’re capable of executing. With one click on your badge, an HR recruiter or someone within your network can see:
Getting a job is still a challenging process. Managing and sharing your badges online can give you an advantage, though. And that’s definitely better!
As more and more individuals claim their badges through Acclaim, a common question we’re asked is, “What do I do with it, now?”
Given the newness of Open Badges that’s a fair question, and one you can think of like this:
What do you do with the paper certificate issued after earning a credential?
And you always intend to keep that profile of yours updated on LinkedIn. But sometimes, you just don’t quite get there. That’s the beauty of sharing your badge through Acclaim.
“LinkedIn recently introduced the Add to Profile pilot service that allows members to add certification information from trusted partners directly to the LinkedIn profile. This is a very valuable service to LinkedIn members since a profile with professional certifications receives twice the views as those without.” - Mike Kim, leader of Global Business Development, LinkedIn
When you share your badge on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, you’re expanding the reach of your credential in a way that a paper counterpart simply can’t. And sharing your skills, especially over a professional platform like LinkedIn, can turn into great opportunities thanks to the power of networking.