Digital Badges May Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills

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“For Job Hunters, Digital Merit Badges” – Digital Badges May Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills @

CLOTH and metal badges have long been worn by Boy Scouts, soldiers and others to show off their accomplishments.

Now the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is putting millions of dollars into a competition to spur interest in a new type of badge — one that people can display not on their clothing but on a Web site, blog or Facebook page while they are looking for a job.

The badges will not replace résumés or transcripts, but they may be a convenient supplement, putting the spotlight on skills that do not necessarily show up in traditional documents — highly specialized computer knowledge, say, or skills learned in the military, in online courses or in after-school programs at museums or libraries.

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Very cool to see “badges” for tech skills, we think is key to sharing and celebrating skills. We’ve had a soldering badge since 2009 and before the end of 2011 we’ll have over 30 electronic / maker-friendly skills badges you can award and earn.

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  1. Again Adafruit is ahead of the curve!
    A new badge suggestion – Dremel!

  2. thanks stephen! we have been trying to contact dremel oddly enough! for badges that have a brand / permissions needed we work with each company/org, etc – slow process sometimes but worth it!

  3. Persevere (as I know you will)! It will be worth the effort!

  4. This is pathetic, but i’ve had a few second interviews at large companies (they pay for hotel and what not).

    Very surprisingly they never look at my website. not a big deal for first round, but offensive for the second round interview.

    So what are the chances a potential employer will look at my site, and what are the chances that he/she will know what the badges mean?

  5. @moser – the article outlines facebook profiles specifically which appear to have a role in hiring. we’re not going to do this with our badge system at launch, but it’s something we’ll consider.

  6. yeah. I find it pathetic that companies pay at minimum 100$ to interview an individual a second time, yet they don’t do any research on the person before the interview.

  7. I’ll have to read the article, but so much signal analysis homework 🙁

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