Surfer GirlKnowing what skills, character traits and interests each of you bring to the job search is vital to the process. Knowing who you are and learning from third party assessments can help frame the discussion.

Identify Distinguishing Traits and Skills

  • Self assessment can be an ideal starting point for a job search.
  • There are a number of free or inexpensive assessment tests available online. Most insightful will be assessments that offer the whole battery of skills, values, and personality tests. The more information, the better.
  • Before pursuing third party assessments, do some self-reflection. Ask and answer the following questions- two things you are really good at, two things you like about yourself, two positive words you would like people to use in describing you. Own those before you get input from outside sources.
  • The outside assessment tests assist in identifying personality traits, skills, and values – all of which are useful when thinking about a job that will best suit you.

Review and Understand the Results

  • While the results are by no means concrete, they can point out distinguishing characteristics and preferences. Test results can highlight your strengths and identify various kinds of work you might enjoy.
  • Some tests will recommend areas of potential “fit”. They are merely suggestions. They should not be considered definitive or binding.

Incorporate Results Into Your Plan

  • Once you understand your results, we can decide what action to take.
  • Confirm or adjust what you highlight on your resume
  • Weave the skills and traits in to the language on your resume and in your interview prep
  • Explore whether these revelations change your perceived job direction

Do This

Go take some assessments!

  • There’s a huge variety of self-assessment tests out there. Some will focus on personality and learning style, some will try and identify your skills and interests, some will offer a combination. Many are free, many are not – do what works for you.
  • Because of the abundance, take more than one. See where there’s overlap, see where there’s disconnect.
  • Take the results with a grain of salt, but think about how and why those conclusions came about and use that to help guide your search.