Use these tools as a way to learn more about yourself and to help determine what occupations and work environments may be better suited for you. Also find out what types of activities and subjects interest you. Assessments may give you suggestions and ideas for things you have not considered and may warrant further investigation. These tools may point you to possible career options however, they are only one part of career exploration and planning. You may want to gather a lot of information and take multiple types of assessments before making any major career or educational decisions. Taking several tests may also give you some indication of the validity of each one you take. If several tools give similar results, chances are it is something worthy of further exploration. Finally, as things in your life change and you gain more education, work experience, or skills, remember that your assessment outcomes may also change as a result.
There are many online assessment instruments available at no charge or for a fee. These select links are offered solely as a service. The reliability and validity of the "results" of each of these tools is entirely dependent upon how honest one is when completing them. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. The results do not necessarily indicate the "right" careers for you. Other things such as work and family values, labor market information, work history, experience, education, and personal preference must also be taken into consideration with the results of these instruments. Trust your intuition when it comes to results. If you do not feel a suggested occupation suits you, feel free to disregard it.
Use this employability check-up to get a snapshot of your ability to find a similar job at a similar wage if you became unemployed today.
O*NET Interest Profiler™
Discover the type of work activities and occupations you may like and find exciting. Respond to 180 work activities by selecting either like, dislike, or unsure. The tool measures six types of occupational interests that can be further explored. View a demo or download the paper version of the instrument and related materials in PDF files for “Desktop” viewing or printing or PDF “Printshop” files for use with professional printing equipment. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for these downloads.
O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler™
Download the software and User’s Guide to the Interest Profiler so it can be administered by computer instead of using the pencil and paper version.
The Perfect Career Interest Inventory (PCII)
Select work activities which interest you from a list of 252 options. Rate each selection as Strong, Moderate or Weak. Generate a personalized Interpretation Report that identifies your level of interest in 21 major career fields, and a list of occupations to explore that match your interests.
This section of America’s Career InfoNet contains three tools to help with various aspect of your skills. Use the Skills Identifier to build a list of your current capabilities. Use the Skills Explorer to identify and explore specific occupations that use your skills. Use the Gap Analyzer to compare your skills against an occupation you select and to identify any training needs.
ISEEK Skills Assessment
Answer questions about the skills you would like to perform in your daily work by rating yourself on 35 different basic, management, people, system, and technical skills. A list of occupations that are a good match for your skill profile will be available at the end of the assessment.
Use this set of tools and complete inventories of your Interests, Work Values, Lifestyle Values, Transferable Skills, and Personal Traits. Although they make be completed separately, the more activities completed, the better the picture of who you are. In the Career Planning section, complete the Self Evaluation section and move to Career Exploration and Choosing a Career. Some of these subsequent steps may require information from the inventories you completed.
O*NET Work Importance Locator™
Pinpoint what is important to you in a job. Sort 20 cards describing aspects of work into four columns based on how important those aspects are to you in an “ideal job”. The tool measures six types of work values and helps identify occupations that may be satisfying to you based on your work values and characteristics of the occupations. View a demo or download the paper version of the instrument and related materials in PDF files for “Desktop” viewing or printing or PDF “Printshop” files for use with professional printing equipment. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for these downloads.
O*NET Computerized Work Importance Profiler™
Download the software and User’s Guide to the O*NET Work Importance Locator™ so it can be administered by computer instead of using the pencil and paper version.
Quick Work Preference Inventory
Clarify what you value in terms of work style by completing this inventory. This information can help you make more fulfilling and rewarding career and employment decisions. Within a four column chart, select the option that fits you the closest as you complete the phrase, “I like work assignments which enable me to:...”.
Jung Typology Tests
Use this test based on the Jung-Myers-Briggs typological approach to personality to receive your four letter formula type. Choose one of two options for the 72 questions in the inventory. Select the answer based on your most frequent reaction/feeling in the given situation. View specific descriptions of your formula type.
Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI) Sample
Use this sample of the full Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator to determine your Enneagram type. Answer 38 questions (the full test has 144) by selecting the answer that applies to you. There are nine personality types in the Enneagram and, while there is no guarantee, your highest score can indicate your basic type, or it is likely to be among the top 2-3 scores.
Job Skills Quiz
Take this 15 question true/false quiz on basic job hunting skills and strategies to determine how ready you are for a job search.
Job Hunting Etiquette Quiz
Take this 20 question true/false quiz to see if your conduct follows proper job hunting etiquette.
Job Interviewing Quiz
Take this 20 question multiple choice and true/false quiz to determine how prepared you are for an interview.