“Tell us a little more about yourself.”
Some version of that phrase is likely to crop up in an interview, whether it’s followed by a request for more details about professional skills, schooling or personal interests.
Websites like Degreed.com and Accredible.com hope to simplify the answers by providing a complete view of the courses someone has completed, their professional credentials, samples of their work, even the books they’ve read recently.
LinkedIn also allows users to establish a profile, and since 2013 users can post work samples or plug a link to another site in their profile, says a LinkedIn spokesperson.
But there’s room for other virtual showcases: “Accredible is built to be a platform to showcase the evidence behind your learning, skills or knowledge,” says Danny King, co-founder of the site.
“LinkedIn is your online resume, which includes many facets. Degreed’s sole focus is your learning,” adds David Blake, CEO of Degreed.com.
There’s no fee for either site.
Degreed.com explains its three-step process, allowing users to list their college and online courses, and to delineate what they spend most of their “time and effort learning about.”
At Accredible.com, users can share listings of the actual curriculum for online courses they’ve taken, and the score achieved if the user completed the work and online exam.
For both sites, the aim is to attract many employers who will search for workers with certain skills and interests. “We anticipate that one hundred plus employers will be using the site by fall of this year,” says Blake of Degreed.
Right now, Accredible has 20 tech companies in a trial use, and “we are aiming to bring in a much larger group of employers by the end of the summer,” says King.
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