LinkedIn has partnered with a handful of online education companies to add accomplishments to users’ LinkedIn profiles.
The company has launched a pilot program with Coursera, EdX, Lynda.com, Pearson, Skillsoft, Udacity and Udemy.
When the user completes a course from one of these providers, they’ll get an email with a link that will let them save a certification or completed course to their profile.
“Your next career-defining opportunity might be just around the corner, and it’s more important than ever to ensure you’re putting your best professional foot forward at all times,” says LinkedIn’s Alexis Baird. “Your LinkedIn Profile is that 24/7 representation of your professional knowledge and achievements.”
LinkedIn announced last month that it has surpassed 259 million users, and that members engaged at record levels. The more positive points of interest you can display about yourself the better. People are always looking at your profile (LinkedIn makes sure your’e aware of that when you visit it).
It will be interesting to see what other sites join the program, and give users more opportunities to show off their skills.