Self-Assessment: Get to know yourself

Self-Assessment:  Get to know yourself

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Conduct a self-assessment:  get to know yourself.

Personal Interests/Values Questions

  • What do I like to do?
  • What are my hobbies?
  • Am I a self-starter or do I like direction?
  • What would I do if I could do anything?
  • What is my preferred lifestyle?
  • Do I like my work to engage me all the time or do I like time for family and friends?
  • How much money do I need or want?
  • Where do I want to live?
  • Do I want to live in a big city or more rural area?
  • Do I want to make a difference in the world? If so, how?
  • Do I care about fame and prestige?
  • What issues do I care about?
  • What do I value?

Skills Questions

  • What am I good at?
  • What do others tell me I do well at?
  • What hard skills do I have?
  • What soft (people) skills do I have?
  • What skills would I like to develop?
  • What skills would it be useful for me to develop?
  • What can I do to develop the new skills I desire?

Work Environment Questions

  • Do I like working alone or with other people?
  • Do I like working outside or inside?
  • Do I like competition or a more relaxed environment?
  • What work hours do I like? Do I like to get an early start or work late in the day?
  • Do you being affiliated with a big business or a small shop?
  • What part of the work environment did I like in prior work experiences?
  • What part of the work environment did I dislike in prior work experiences?

Once you’ve conducted a self-assessment – do what it takes to match your skills to the work environment you enjoy.  As you do this you will bring about the career success that you desire!

Evaluate your career strategy

Evaluate your Career Strategy

 

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Take the time to evaluate your career strategy. There are several steps to conduct a good assessment.

  • First, assess yourself.

 

Take the time to reflect and evaluate what you are good at, what you like doing, and what types of jobs hold an interest for you.

  • Second, evaluate the job market.

 

Consider what opportunities are available in your areas of interest. Look at local as well as other geographic areas to see how competitive it is to get a job in your area of interest.

  • Third, set a career goal.

 

Maybe you have always wanted to be a manager or go into teaching. Consider whether there is a gap between your capabilities and the skills needed for your desired job.

  • Fourth, make a plan to close the skills gap.

 

Take classes, get training, volunteer, or take other action to close the gap between your current skills and your desire dream job.

  • Fifth, take action.

 

Find, interview for, and land your dream job once you have the skills in place to do the job.

Here are some web links that may help you as you evaluate your career strategy.

As you use these processes to evaluate your career strategy, you will soon find yourself working in your dream job!

Evaluate the Job Market

Evaluate the Job Market

 

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Evaluate the job market.  This will allow you to determine which areas of the market you want to target for a successful job search.

Read about the job market

Prepare for the job market

Consider ways you can be prepared to be part of the future job trend. Prepare for a great job in the future.  Take the time to evaluate the job market in order to reap big financial dividends. This means you need to do some research to know what jobs are out there.  Look in your local community to see who is hiring.  Evaluate the national marketplace and job trends.  Find out what industries are “hot”.  Consider where the good jobs will be in ten years.

Once you know what is going on, evaluate what you can do to keep your skills strong in the marketplace.  Can you take a class? Learn a new skill? Move to a different location? Network? Share your  with knowledge someone else?  Do what it takes to evaluate and prepare for the job market and you will always have a good job.

Take time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

Take time to evaluate

your strengths and weaknesses

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Take time to evaluate  your strengths and weaknesses so that you can target a job that utilizes your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses.  By knowing your weak spots, you can set goals to improve those areas where you need a bit of improvement.  This can put you in a strong position in the job market.  Here are a few questions to ask to make the evaluation.

Questions to identify your Strengths

  • What are my strengths?
  • How do I use my free time?
  • What kinds of things can I do well without even working at it?
  • Which things are easy for me to do?

Questions to identify your Weaknesses

  • What are my weaknesses?
  • In what areas would I like to improve?
  • What things are hard for me?
  • Which things  do I see others do, that I can’t do?

General Questions

  • How good am I at using technology?
  • What are my people skills like?
  • How well do I communicate?
  • What skills do I have to problem solve?
  • How well do I work with others?
  • Do I follow directions?
  • How do I influence others?
  • What management skills do I have?
  • Which  skills could I develop that would help me on the job?
  • What skills would help me move to the next level in my organization?

Once you have asked yourself these questions, consider what to do next.  When you take time to evaluate  your strengths and weaknesses, you then want to take action to improve your weaknesses.  Find ways to work to your strengths.  Do what you do best every day at work.

8 Questions for a self-assessment to do what you love, love what you do

8 Questions for a self-assessment to

 Do what you love, love what you do

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Here are eight self-assessment questions to determine what you love to do, so you can love what you do!  A little thought and evaluation can lead you to your dream job as you identify things you love and want to do most.

  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What is easy for you to do?
  • Which skills do you have that you don’t even need to work at?
  • What would you like to try to do and would regret not trying?
  • Which things do you  do even when you don’t have to?
  • What would you do if you could do anything?
  • How would you spend your time if you only had 6 months to live?
  • What do you do best?

Take the time to really contemplate your answers.  Once you have the answers, look at the things you have identified as interests, skills, and capabilities.  Consider how they match jobs in the job market.  Evaluate whether you will need further training to meet job demands. If there is more than one job you could do, then consider which pays most and prepare for the one with the higher pay!  As you take action based on your self-assessment, you will soon find yourself in a position to do what you love and love what you do!

 

Explore Career Options

Explore career options

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In making a career tune-up it is always a good time to explore career options.  Consider different careers and what you would be good at.  Take a class, read a book, talk to an expert to find out which career is best for you.

As you explore career options you will find the career that is best for you!

 

 

Is your job right for you?

Is your job right for you?

 

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As part of a career tune-up ask yourself: Is your job right for you? Here are some questions to ask to evaluate if you are in a job that is a good match for your skills.

 

  • Do you love going to work?
  • Do you look up to and admire the leaders of your company?
  • Do your values match the values of the organization you work for?
  • Does your job provide opportunities for growth and development on the job?
  • Are you proud to work for the company?
  • Do you feel valued and appreciated for what you do?
  • Does your job require you to use the skills you do best?
  • Does your job challenge and encourage you to expand your skill set?
  • Does your job provide a good work/life balance?
  • Do you enjoy the people you work with?
  • Is the company you work for financially strong and stable?
  • Are you treated with respect and consideration on the job?

 

If your answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then you have found a good match between your skills, the needs of the job in a stable company.  On the other hand, if you have identified more than a few no’s, you may want to consider looking for a position that is a better match.

You may want to read more about finding a good job match.  Read about 3 signs you should definitely quit your job, 14 signs it’s time to leave your job, 5 signs you’re in the wrong job, 10 more reasons you need to quit your job right now!, and Know when to quit your job by watching for these signals.

 

An important part of a career tune-up is to know: is your job is right for you?  If it is, then stay and enjoy it!  If not, consider ways to find a better match between your job and your skills and interests.