Self Assessment


Know Yourself

To successfully navigate to your next job or career transition, you need to know yourself – your strengths, your passions, and your goals.

  • Are you ready to start a job search or career transition?
  • What do you want to do next?
  • What type of culture or environment do you seek?
  • What strengths and skills can you provide to a future employer?
  • An understanding of how others view your strengths, contributions, and value

There are several different tools available to help you address these questions, and no one “best” tool. All offer insight that may be helpful to you.

Do the Required Self-Assessments 

During Orientation, you will be asked to complete some self-assessment homework to discuss with your Mentor. It is in the Orientation packet, and available below:


  1. Your Goals: 5x5x5 (WORD, PDF)
  2. Transferable Skills (WORD, PDF)
  3. Self-Assessment Summary Table: Answer some additional questions and summarize all your self-assessment work in this Self-Assessment Summary Table (WORD, PDF). Send it to your mentor prior to your first meeting.


Explore These Optional Assessments


Hiring become more skills-focused. Understanding how your strengths and skills connect with future jobs, especially if you are considering a career change, is becoming even more essential. Here are several assessments that can help you to dig deeper into your skills and strengths: 

**CliftonStrengths (aka StrengthsFinder) - highly recommended

CliftonStrengths is a fee-based assessment helps you to understand your core strengths and how they interact to define your unique value. The High 5 Assessment is a less expensive option, but it is not as useful. Leverage your CliftonStrengths results using these guides: Quick Reference Guide, Translator for Resumes and LinkedIn

CareerOneStop Skills Matcher

Use CareerOneStop’s Skills Matcher to rate your expertise on 40 key workplace skills, then review a list of career options that are a match for your highest-rated skills. 


Use CareerOneStop’s mySkillsmyFuture tool by entering your current or previous occupation. You’ll get a list of jobs that match, how much they pay, educational requirements, and job listings.

LinkedIn Career Explorer

LinkedIn’s Career Explorer tool works a bit differently. With this tool, you enter your current occupation and LinkedIn will then show you similar jobs, how your skills overlap with the skills required for the new job, and openings in your area. Here's a great article about how to use it.


Use the Skills Search to select from six major groups of skills to create a customized list of your skills. Then you’ll be able to view a list of occupations that use those skills, and see how close a match you are to the job. Also check out My Next Move, a comprehensive site from O*NET that helps you to explore careers by keyword, browse careers listed by industry, or take a free interests assessment (what do you like to do?) to guide you to better-fit jobs.



These assessments are not specifically career-related but may provide helpful insights about how you relate to others at work.


PrinciplesYou helps you learn about yourself and better understand your relationships: with your employees, teammates, friends, and even your partner or spouse. 

VIA Character Strengths

This free assessment helps to identify key strengths that are more broadly applicable than to just your career, but can help especially if you are in a career transition. Read this article for more information and access the list of 24 character strengths and the assessment here.

Values Assessments

What's important to you? How would your career and life be different if you were living your values? This site has a simple framework for selecting your top values and an exercise to help you explore them. And here is another Values Assessment you can use. 

DARE Communication Style Assessment

The Dare assessment can help you to understand how to better communicate with others. Decoders for DARE: Communication Styles, Strengths and Vulnerabilities, Summary Table

Find additional content on our website

Read this very helpful article for a guided path forward: How To Choose A Career: Tips For Picking The Right Path

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