December 5th, 2013
Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses
When conducting a job search, knowing your strengths and weaknesses is extremely important. Before making that next career move, you must first reflect on who you are and what kind of career is right for you. By understanding your skills, values, aptitudes, and preferences, you will be able to clearly explain to an employer who you are and why they should hire you.
The easiest way to figure our your strengths and weaknesses is to start brainstorming. Grab a piece of paper and start making lists. What skills do you have? What skills could you quickly learn? What are your personal values? Do you volunteer anywhere? Who do you admire, and why do you admire them? Then create a list of dream jobs. Pair your skills and values with these dream jobs. Which ones align?
Many people struggle with self-assessing and figuring out this information on their own. Because of this, many career assessment tests have been created to help you learn more about yourself. Although most of these tests cost money, they can help tremendously in learning about who you are as a worker. Some of the results can be a little out-of-date, but the important part is reading into why you were placed with those results. For instance, the test may give you a result of an artistic career. Although the exact position may not be what you’re looking for, the test is telling you that you need a job in which you can express yourself.
If you think a career assessment test could help you, here are a few we recommend. You may have taken one (or many) of these in high school, but it’s time to refresh!
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – This test is probably the most popular and well-known test. This test uses the psychological types of C. G. Jung and applies them to real life. The test reveals 16 distinctive personality types, structure, decision making, information gathering, and extraversion vs. introversion.
- Self-Directed Search – This test developed by John Holland can be found online for only $4.95! Your feelings and attitudes about certain careers align with what you like to do and what you’re good at to create a summary code. You then take the summary code and look it up in an Occupations Finder.
- The Strong Interest Inventory – This one has been around since 1927 and has been constantly updated. Although the results are still slightly out-of-date, this test aligns your interests, preferences, and personal styles to discover which careers are right for you. There are many different packages and tests to choose from, and prices range from, but the average price of the test online is $40.
Contact your local Ajilon Professional Staffing office today and let us help you find the right job for you!