The specialist badges are suppose to indicate you are highly active in a particular area.

How about highlighting this fact in the career pages? Or maybe even update the flair box to show this off.

It is one thing for me to list a tag as something I like, but there is much more weight if the careers website shows that I earned it. I don't think many of the HR people on careers will be browsing through profiles to see what badges people earned.


Maybe a solution might be this one :

  • for each tags that are in the "likes" list of a user,
  • if a tag corresponds to a specialist bagde on SO,
  • do not display that tag, but, instead, display the badge.

For instance, considering I have the "specialist" badge on SO for "php", my CV could appear this way in the search results employer view :

(source: pascal-martin.fr)

And, of course, the same could be done for the view CV page, and public view, I suppose...


You could highlight it in your Personal Statement... maybe just add a list of badges at the end that you are proud of (there used to be some ways to generate badge images, but these appear broken now).

You could also try to do it in a sneaky way so that the employer doesn't even realize you put it there. Adding an image of the badge(s) to your Personal Statement (which I'm pretty sure you can do) would make it look like it's simply a part of the careers site:

Specialist badges

matlab silver badge

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    I mentioned mine in my SO profile. If I were on Careers, I'd probably do the same.
    – mmyers
    Dec 2 '09 at 16:57
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    I could highlight it in my personal statement, but I think having it as a feature of careers gives the statement more weight because I didn't put it there. The site recognized it.
    – Bob
    Dec 2 '09 at 17:04
  • I agree it would be a nice built-in feature, but you usually have to wait 6-8 weeks for those. ;) Dec 2 '09 at 17:32
  • I'm in no rush :)
    – Bob
    Dec 2 '09 at 18:10

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