When you are considering a change in career or looking to identify skills and attributes you can highlight in your resume online assessments can be useful tools.
Generally career assessment tools fall into 3 categories
- Personality profiles which can identify personal strengths and areas for development, the most familiar versions of this are, Myers-Briggs, Holland Code, and Gallup’s Clifton Strengths
- Skills finders which can help you identify transferable skills that you have developed via paid or unpaid work
- Career finders which can produce a list of career options for you to consider, the results from these can be highly variable and sometimes hilarious
We will start today with a few personality profile assessments and move on to the others of the next few days.
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is self assessment questionnaire which indicates the psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions, (I’m an INFP)
A similar assessment that can be done for free
The Holland Code is based on a theory that your occupational preferences are an expression of your underlying character. (I’m ‘creating’) Unlike Myers-Briggs this one does then link your character type to occupations.
The Gallup Clifton Strengths ranks your talents across 34 themes under 4 domains with the premise that when you focus on strengths you can utilise your skills to excel in your chosen occupation. (Most of my strengths are in the relationship domain) I’m not aware of any free versions of the Clifton Strengths assessment.
Some other interesting ones to have a look at are:
DFA Project Officer – Employment
The information contained in this post is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.