This Self-Assessment page focuses on resources and strategies to help you figure out who you are by answering questions such as:
- What are your strengths?
- What are your innate talents?
- What do you dream about doing?
- What do you want more than anything?
It’s about helping you find out where you are right now, and then taking some small and simple steps towards creating a mental map and action plan for where you want to go from here.
TOOL #1 — VIA CHARACTER SURVEY
When working with students or clients, it is essential to have a set of tools that provide or encourage a feedback flow.
Tools like the VIA Character Survey open communication channels so that we can start a conversation about what really matters most to the person seeking information or assistance. These assessment tools can also serve as a starting point in the interview process. Once the conversation is flowing we can start to identify important issues so we can form a collaborative plan.
One of the best (free!) tools I’ve come across is the VIA Character Survey. (see link)
The VIA Character Survey is a fun and revealing way to get to know yourself and others. The survey was developed by a team of psychologists including Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology” and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish. The survey has been taken by over 2.6 million people in over 190 countries!
Learners and clients can take the survey to self-evaluate character strength, such as curiousity, gratitude, humor and zest. The survey results help individuals understand the top five character traits that reflect their “true” selves.
My top five character traits are: Gratitude, Spirituality, Hope, Love, and Curiosity.
What are yours? Give it a whirl and share what you learn!
TOOL #2 JOB-CAREER-PURPOSE STRATEGIES
50 Ways to Get a Job – GREAT SITE!
This is by far the best job search strategy site I have reviewed in years!
If you are looking for work, are ready to ramp up your career, or are in the stage of life where you need suggestions about connecting with your life purpose, you will enjoy this fun and visual site!
Go ahead! Click on the link and have fun exploring!
TOOL #3 JT O’DONNELL’s CAREERHMO ASSESSMENTS
There are so many fabulous bits of information in this latest email blast from one of today’s top career specialists, JT O’Donnell, Founder of CareerHMO. Click the link above for the full monty!
JT offers up great questions to ask yourself so you can evaluate what a “good” job means to YOU, keeping in mind that we are all unique and one size does not fit all.
The categories she recommends include:
Life Balance – How satisfied you are right now with the 8 key areas of your life. (They are Mental Self, Physical Self, Career, Finances, Significant Other, Friends & Family, Physical Surroundings, Hobbies & Recreations.)
Core Values – Your personal definitions of success for each key area and the priority they hold in your life. (Hint: No two people have the same definitions or priorities.)
Interaction Style – The way you communicate at work and how it is perceived by others. You can learn your interaction style by taking this FREE test.
Work Style – The manner and preference in which you like to accomplish tasks.
Learning Preferences – The ideal resources and methods for you to learn on-the-job.
Unique Gifts – The things you excel at naturally. Many people struggle to determine this accurately because what makes us ‘unique’ feels so normal, that we don’t see it as special.
Passion & Interests – The opportunity to observe how your unique combination of values, strengths and preferences are used when you do things you love.
JT sends out daily advice for job seekers, so sign up for her free newsletters while you are there!