Professional certificates and credentials are important for boosting your career prospects. They show employers that you have taken the time to learn a specific skill or area of study and have successfully passed an evaluation. It’s essential to note that certificates and credentials are different from accredited degrees, which involve a longer and more costly course of study.
Some training institutions offer so-called “micro-degrees,” but these are essentially just another name for a credential and do not equate to a full degree. Additionally, it’s crucial to register your certification with the appropriate credential management agencies, such as IBM’s use of Credly.
Now, let’s discuss how to add a credential to your LinkedIn profile. If you have completed a certification, you can do so by following these steps:
1. Ensure that you have a LinkedIn account.
2. Register your certification with the appropriate credential management agency.
3. Add the credential to your LinkedIn profile by clicking “Add Profile Section” on your main profile page and selecting “Add licenses & certifications.”
Once you have filled out the credential entry form, your certification will be visible on your LinkedIn profile for prospective employers to see.
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