Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the June 5, 2006 issue of QuintZine.
Writing on BostonWorks.com, Penelope Trunk flouts the kind of mentality job-seekers demonstrate when they take career assessments and try to get to know themselves better so they can choose the right career. Instead, Trunk suggests there’s no way to know a career is right for you unless you try it. Rather than figuring yourself out, Trunk says “You should just start doing something.” She indicates that it’s not so bad if it turns out to be the wrong job for you because you’ll still learn from it and take something away with you. Trunk doesn’t mention that there are ways to try out jobs before making a long-term commitment — such as job shadowing, internships, and informational interviews. Read Trunk’s full article.
- There is no single gold standard despite the fact that every company touts its assessment as such.
- It takes considerable time and a sizable investment to create an assessment that is credible, predictive, and clear in interpretation.
- Most of the Internet freebies lack, or at least, don’t publish such credentials; the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ probably applies. The upshot: online freebies are more fun than fact; many are simply a teaser with limited reporting — as enticement to pony up for a fuller assessment.
- Higher-priced assessments don’t necessarily mean better or more valid; they may be more proprietary and therefore, require a greater level of interpretation and support.
- Career experts unanimously recommend taking several tests for a well-rounded, vocational picture. You end up with expanded self-awareness, more options, and less risk than by taking a single assessment.
- Professional interpretation of results is one of the best investments you can make in your career-change process.
Soldati’s favorites: For personality assessment, the classic Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); for interests and preferences, the Strong Interest Inventory, and if you think you want to run a business, add Strong’s Entrepreneur Assessment. She also likes the Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP).
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