PROJECT MANAGERS: TUNE UP YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE WITH DIGITAL BADGES
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According to a report by the Project Management Institute, the project management labor force is expected to grow by 33 percent over the next few years, adding nearly 22 million new jobs. The report, titled Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027, says by 2027, employers will need nearly 88 million individuals in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and construction, information services, finance and insurance, management and professional services, and utilities.
The 2020 pandemic lockdowns meant that companies in almost every industry had to rethink the way their employees did business and how they delivered value to customers. Skilled project managers are often the first professional staff companies engage when they consider making changes like these on a large scale.
That all means it’s a great time to be a project manager. Whether you’re looking for a full-time job or seeking independent projects, the key to getting hired is to let companies know up front that you have the skills and experience they need. Digital badging can help you get noticed.
Digital badges are visual representations of your accomplishments and training. Most are linked to pages that give more information about the earning criteria.
Some approved PMI course providers award digital badges that can add a verifiable credential to your LinkedIn profile, Facebook page, or Twitter account. This instantly validates your professional and technical expertise with potential customers, employers, and your network.. Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities that is simple, trusted, and can be easily verified. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.
One PMI Authorized Training Partner ® is Prodevia Learning. The company offers project management learning programs in leadership, business strategy, and technical skills such as agile practices, data gathering and modeling, governance, lifecycle management, performance and requirements management, project schedule management, scope management, change management, risk planning, and time, budget, and cost estimation.
Potential employers and clients can easily verify your credentials by clicking on your digital badge and reviewing details about specific skills you have developed. You’ll be making their job easier by allowing them to learn about your capabilities before they bring you in for an interview. You can spend the time you have with them talking about what really matters – your success on important projects – rather than spending it proving you qualify for the job.
If you’re worried about how secure a digital badge is (who are we kidding – you’re a competent project manager – of course, you’re concerned about security) you’ll be glad to know that the badge is hosted at a site that links to your data. This link to verified data makes digital badges more reliable and secure than paper-based certificates. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.
Here’s another advantage of digital badges: the platform allows you to access labor market intelligence based on your skills. You can learn about which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. You can even search for active job listings and apply for them with just a few clicks.
Being good at what you do is important, but so is letting people know what you can do. Digital badges help employers and clients find you faster and can cut down the time it takes to make you an offer. That’s a win for both sides.
With 740 million members, LinkedIn remains one of the most powerful tools available for ambitious professionals. Properly represent your skills with digital badges is a great way to get noticed.