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Introduction to On-line Career Assessments

Introduction to On-line Career Assessments

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An important part of your career development process is defining your knowledge, skills and abilities and how they “fit” with the jobs that you are applying for. This is usually done through reading the position description and matching your past experience to the qualifications that the potential employer is seeking.

The Classical Greek philosopher, Socrates is often credited with the quote “Know thyself”. This saying has been significantly analyzed over the years and can have many different connotations. Where this statement may find meaning for you, as a job-seeker, lies in the exploration of knowing one's own habits, morals, temperament, abilities and liabilities, and other aspects of human behavior that we struggle with on a daily basis.

A great way to do this is through taking some time to take personal assessments that have been developed to help you “Know thyself” just a little bit better. By doing this, you can assist yourself in understanding your personality, likes and dislikes, learning style and work style. The result – you will better communicate and market yourself to potential employers!

So, as you begin your quest for that next great professional opportunity, take some time to get to know yourself a little better. The time you spend doing this could be the difference between getting the job of your dreams – that is a job that is a great fit for you – and being stuck in the same-old, same-old job.

There are literally hundreds of these types of assessments out there. To help you identify some of them to get a start on “Knowing thyself”, the Career Doctor at has provided links to assessments that we have found to be meaningful in the job search process. We invite you to watch each of the videos that have a brief description of the assessment and then to click on the link to take the assessment.

Please remember, that not one of the assessments is an “end all, be all” that will adequately showcase who you are. Most likely, there will not be a magic light bulb that goes off in your head after taking any of the assessments. Rather, the key to these assessments is to take as many as possible and look for themes that show up in all of them. Each of the assessments that you take has the potential to help you understand yourself just a little bit better.

So enjoy your exploration into yourself. Remember…answer each question on each of the assessments with absolute honesty. In these assessments there are no “right answers” only answers that are right for you…


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