Career Assessment Tools & Tests: Assessments for Students, Job-Seekers, Career-Changers
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Does your job score a 10 on the satisfaction scale? If not, it may be time for a career checkup to determine “what ails you.” Where do you start? Career assessments are an excellent way to do some diagnostic work. Here are seven “S’s” that underscore the benefits of career assessments to you and your career:
- Speed: Career assessments jumpstart the career reconnaissance process, cutting off hours of time soul-searching and spinning your wheels;
- Structure: Assessments provide a framework or blueprint for thinking and planning action steps;
- Self-Esteem: You can quickly spot your top talents and boost your self-confidence with the right combination of assessments. Appreciate what you have to offer and unearth the tangible evidence of your value to employers!
- Stance: Need a new or different view of your career? Career assessments can help you gain a whole new perspective about your strengths, your options, and your possibilities!
- Simplify: Career assessments can simplify the transition process by helping you narrow down from the 12,000+ types of careers what will work best for you. If you’re overwhelmed about where to start or what to focus on, the right assessments will be of immense value;
- Safeguard: Assessments can also help safeguard or protect you from pursuing a career that may not be the best match for you;
- Suited: Ever wish you could find a career perfectly suited for you and your unique DNA? The right combination of assessments will provide you with evidence of the ingredients you need to know to tweak your career so that it does, indeed, fit you like a glove.
Career assessments are tools that are designed to help individuals understand how a variety of personal attributes (i.e., data values, preferences, motivations, aptitudes and skills), impact their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Career assessments have played a critical role in career development and the economy in the last century (Whiston and Rahardja, 2005). Assessments of some or all of these attributes are often used by individuals or organizations, such as university career service centers, career counselors, outplacement companies, corporate human resources staff, executive coaches, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and guidance counselors to help individuals make more informed career decisions.
Types of career assessments
Career assessments come in many forms and vary along several dimensions. The assessments selected by individuals or administrators vary depending on their personal beliefs regarding the most important criteria when considering career choices, as well as the unique needs of the individual considering a career decision. Some common points of variance are:
Methodology - Some assessments are quantitative in nature and precisely measure key attributes believed to influence an individuals potential success and satisfaction with a career. Others are qualitative exercises designed to help individuals clarify their goals and preferences, which can then be used to make more informed career decisions.
Measured attributes - Assessments vary with regard to the specific personality attributes measured. Some assessments focus on an individual's interests, and perhaps aptitude, while others focus on skills or values. More robust assessments use key development indicators (KDIs) that define measurements for specific types of careers and match individual career aspirations with the needs of companies.
Validity - Many assessments, particularly those offered on the internet, lack evidence for "validity," which is the degree to which interpretation of the results of the assessment or decisions made from the results are useful.
Target customer profile - Some assessments, such as the Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Careerscope and Traitify are designed to serve broad markets i.e., virtually any individual choosing a vocational program or Career Clusters, starting their career or considering a career change.
Career assessment interview - A career assessment interview with a trained career counselor or a psychologist who is trained in career counseling can be crucial in helping to integrate tests results into the broader context of the individual's passions, personality, culture and goals.
Career Assessments Tools
Behavioral / Personality Assessments
Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI®)
Work Personality Index® Assessment
Psychometric 360 Assessment
Our behavioral assessments help you identify how individuals will set goals, complete tasks, interact with others, provide leadership, deal with change, identify solutions and manage stress.
Helping an individual understand their personality type is the first step to personal and professional growth. The MBTI® assessment helps individuals understand their strengths, their preferred working styles, and ultimately helps them see their potential. Used individually to provide self-awareness and clarity of purpose, the MBTI assessment also helps create a better understanding and appreciation between team members and colleagues – enabling them to work better together.
89 of Fortune 100 companies use the MBTI® assessment to maximize individual and team effectiveness from entry to executive levels. Researched for over 50 years and used by millions each year, the MBTI assessment is proven to provide effective results. Using the authentic version of the MBTI assessment ensures you are providing the world standard of personality measurement.
The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI®) helps individuals resolve inter-personal conflict and refocus energy on achieving shared business goals and business outcomes. Individuals will identify their preferred method of dealing with conflict, and learn appropriate ways to approach conflict with others. Reduce stress in your organization by addressing relational issues while improving productivity and performance in your organization.
The Work Personality Index® assessment provides a clear framework for understanding the impact of personality on job performance. It helps you identify key motivators and behaviours – essential for hiring the right people, developing employees and supporting great leaders. Unlike other personality assessments the Work Personality Index® assessment only measures personality traits that are directly related to the work environment and on-the-job behaviours.
The Psychometric 360 assessment provides straightforward and intuitive multi-source feedback to help leaders quickly identify their strengths and developmental needs. The clarity of the Psychometric 360 report lets leaders easily recognize key themes in the feedback from others and take actionable steps for growth.
Assessing 24 leadership competencies, the Psychometric 360 report improves self-awareness in three key areas:
The Psychometric 360 assessment has a simple and easy-to-use interface, ensures rater confidentiality, and collects feedback from supervisors, coworkers, direct reports and others, providing concrete feedback on leaders’ behaviors and how these behaviors affect their colleagues.
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