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How to Use Digital Badges to Get a TEFL/TESOL Job

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When you complete a Bridge online course, you’ll not only be able to immediately download your TEFL/TESOL certificate, now you’ll also receive a digital badge for TEFL/TESOL. Digital badges are dynamic icons that represent your achievements. Because they’re digital, they can be shared anywhere online – share your badges on LinkedIn, a personal blog, or your online resume.

When employers click on your Bridge digital badges, they’ll be taken to a unique landing page where they can easily see the full picture of your accomplishments, including verifiable skills and achievements. For this reason, digital badges are becoming the new standard in training and certification and the future of e-learning.

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How to claim and share your Bridge digital badge

It’s easy! When you complete any Bridge course, you’ll receive an email notification to claim your digital badge. This is done through the Credly platform, which is used to manage your badges throughout your career.

  • If it’s your first badge, you’ll be instructed on how to create your Credly account via the link in the email.
  • Within your new Credly account, you’ll see the option to accept your badge.
  • Once you accept your badge, you can share it on social media, embed it in your email signature, and more!

1. Add your digital badges to your LinkedIn profile

a LinkedIn post showing a digital badge.
LinkedIn has an incredible repository of recruiters, job postings, and ways to connect with potential employers. Digital badges help them screen candidates and help you showcase your skills.

Displaying your digital badges on LinkedIn is the ideal place to start! Since LinkedIn is specifically aimed at professional networking, digital badges carry a lot of weight as credentials. Badges on LinkedIn will get a lot of notice.

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Here’s how to add your badge to the “Certifications” section of your LinkedIn profile. First, go into your Credly account, open your digital badge credential, and select “add to profile.” Then, you can fill in the required information on the form that pops up (log into LinkedIn at the same time to easily copy and paste this).

Badges on LinkedIn are a popular choice for users who are actively searching for jobs and want to grab the attention of recruiters and potential employers. Posting your experience via a LinkedIn digital badge is a great way to improve the visibility of your profile and create an eye-catching alternative to plain text.

2. Share your digital badges on Facebook

a Facebook post showing a digital badge added to a profile.
Facebook isn’t just for family photos! Having a professional teacher account is a great place to link achievements, classes, and resources from your teaching community.

Sharing your Bridge digital badge as a post on Facebook is an easy way to let everyone in your social network know about your latest accomplishments. Share your badges to your timeline and your friends’ newsfeeds (depending on how your settings are enabled). Once posted, friends can click the badge image or the URL and they’ll be taken to a page to learn more about the course and what you did to earn the badge.

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3. Share your digital badges on Twitter

Show off your hard-earned credentials in 160 characters! Twitter, now X, has a unique algorithm that allows users to self-promote using trending phrases and topics.

Like Facebook and LinkedIn, sharing your badges on Twitter, or X, offers yet another way to make your accomplishments known! When you share your badge on Twitter, feedback from your followers will be instant, and your digital badge can easily be re-tweeted, favorited, and commented on. When one of your followers clicks on the badge image or the URL, they’ll be directed back to Credly to learn more about what your badge represents.

Find out what achievements your digital badge can showcase.

4. Add your digital badges to your resume

How can you make sure your online teacher resume catches the eye of a TEFL/TESOL hiring manager? Include your digital badges! These colorful icons are more than just images. With a simple click, they allow employers to look inside the online TEFL training you completed to see details such as:

  • The learning objectives you met to earn the badge
  • Evidence that you completed those objectives (such as key assignments)
  • Your core competencies
  • Bridge’s standards and accreditation, including ACCET accreditation, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

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5. Embed your digital badges on your personal website

Do you have a personal or professional blog about teaching English? You can easily embed your digital badge directly on your website to showcase your accomplishments.

Each online certification program comes with a unique digital badge. These badges are recognized industry-wide and can be a deciding factor in landing a new teaching job.

6. Include your digital badges in your email signature

By adding your digital badges to your signature, your digital credentials will be on display every time you send an email and can be easily clicked for more information about your accomplishments.

an email signature with a digital badge.
Digital badges look great in a signature block and show that you’re constantly improving and expanding your skills as an English teacher.

To add your digital badge to your Gmail, Outlook, or other email account signature, you’ll first log into the Credly platform. Once there, choose the badge you want to use and click “share.” From there, you adjust the size of the badge image and then download it. You’ll also want to copy the badge URL. Then open your email, go to Settings, and then Signature. From there you can upload the badge as an image, which you can then hyperlink with the URL you copied.

7. You can even print your digital badge!

printed badge for the 120-hour Master Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Paper resumes are still a must-have, and printing your digital badges is a great way to elevate the look and feel of your teaching resume.

Just because they’re digital doesn’t mean you can’t print your digital badges, too! This can be especially effective for teachers who work with private students, particularly online teachers. Display your digital badge next to your TEFL/TESOL certificate as your class background when you’re teaching English online. It’s just one more way to showcase your hard-earned TEFL certification and accomplishments for all they’re worth.

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Back in her hometown in the Philippines, Krzl worked as a writer at a TV station before moving to Chile. After she completed her TESOL certification, she worked for language institutes and then decided to become an independent English teacher to business professionals. When she’s not giving classes, she’s either surfing along Chile’s long stretch of coastline, traveling, or practicing photography by the beach.