A "verified skill" mark could carry more weight than an "approval," and it will make it easier for recruiters to search for candidates who have what they are looking for. LinkedIn will also use the tests to point users to free, related LinkedIn Learning courses. The company says this is all about leveling the playing field. "We want everyone to have access to opportunities based on the skills they have, regardless of background or where they went to school," it wrote in a press release.
LinkedIn has added a series of questionable features over the past year. It copied Facebook's response buttons, added voice messages and added QR codes to use. After the sounds of it, the skill assessments can be a more practical tool. The company says it will continue to add skill assessments over the coming weeks, so if you don't see your skills listed, you can come back soon.