LinkedIn Skills: One Year Old (more or less)

March 7th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

Working on the THIRD edition of LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD… so I’m digging into LinkedIn features a bit more this month.

LinkedIn Skills.  Hm.

I didn’t care much about them until December, when I was in Minneapolis doing 14 keynote presentations (in 4 days!!) and one of my hosts was really excited about LinkedIn Skills.  I decided to learn more about what it was, and why she was excited (she is a resume professional and career coach – more from her later).

I’ve dug in and found value out of LinkedIn Skills.  It launched in beta  about a year ago (seems to have been launched in February of 2011).  It seems to still be in beta.

Skills is not showing up in the general search drop down, nor is it in the advanced people search.

It shows up between “Experience” (where you have your work history) and “Education”… I like how each skill is hyperlinked and takes you to that skill’s page… but I think it’s wierd taht some skills are front-and-center (ballet, salsa, etc.) and others aren’t standardized yet – meaning, they aren’t there.  Specifically, “product manager” wasn’t there, but Salsa dancing was.

So, are people not using this?

Like many things on LinkedIn, there can be immense value here, but it might be different than what LinkedIn hoped.

In a nutshell: use Skills for industry/professional research, to learn more, understand the landscape, etc., but I wouldn’t get overly excited about putting skills on my Profile.

BONUS: Want to know who’s behind LinkedIn Skills?  Check out this blog post, and the commentor Peter Skomoroch, “(Lead Data Scientist on LinkedIn Skills)”

  1. 2 Responses to “LinkedIn Skills: One Year Old (more or less)”

  2. By Fred Dempster on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sure, using – but just plunked a few on recently… the descriptions on the h-link for skills are goofy in many cases I looked at, or specific to an industry vs. general. I will be asking neighbor what it adds to his recruiting package he pays LI for.

  3. By Jason Alba on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Fred, let us know what the neighbor says!

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