Career Self Assessment

Anonymous Feedback from Friends and Co-workers

Using this online service, you can request constructive, confidential feedback on your work performance from the peers and colleagues who know you and your talents best. Hiring companies pay to use the service (to automate the reference-checking process), but for job-hunters, it's free. Visit the site.

Strength Assessment with Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham's books and workshops show people how they can determine which are their strongest skills, then best apply those skills to their work and personal life (or find another job that's a better fit). Since creating the StrengthsFinder test in 2001, more than one million people have used it to discover their strengths and begin leveraging those skills in their everyday lives. Marcus is the author of three books on the subject, and he teaches related workshops worldwide. Articles about Marcus and his training program have been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and USA Today, and he is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and obtain and sustain personal success. Much of this site is devoted to his expensive training workshops, but it also offers links to purchase his books. Visit the site.

Online Personality Tests

Personality tests like those featured on this site can benefit a job-search candidate in two very important ways. After taking a personality test, most candidates will find those traditional interview questions much easier to answer. And secondly, candidates who have taken the time to assess their likes and dislikes are usually much better at choosing job opportunities with the highest likelihood of success. That said, experts believe most online personality tests — especially those that are free — are a weak substitute for a professionally administered version (like the Myers-Briggs). Visit the site.

Online Career Assessment Tests

For those who want to make a career change, but aren't sure what it should be, this site offers information regarding a number of helpful career-assessment tests. Most experts agree that the best approach is to take more than one of these assessments, then compare the results. Also, experts recommend these tests be used as a supplement to a career counselor's help — but not as a substitute for it. Visit the site.

The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)

David Campbell, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of career exploration, and his Campbell Interest Skill Survey is widely used by career counselors, schools and state employment centers to help people find their calling. The test can also be taken on this site for a nominal fee. NOTE: Most experts agree that the best approach is to take more than one career assessment, then compare the results. Also, these tests should be used as a supplement to a career counselor's help — not as a substitute for it. Visit the site.

 

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