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Considering a Change or Want to Develop your Career?

Taking a step back and looking at yourself with a fresh perspective can be very helpful at this stage.  Often, we have worked and attained skills that we may have forgotten about or haven’t taken a moment to acknowledge.  Many times we forget to add those skills to our Resume or Skill set list.  One of the ways to assist you with the process of compiling your skill set list or discover where your interests may lie is to consider career assessments and tests. 

Types of assessments include:

Career or vocational aptitude tests use a series of questions about your interests, about your style of working, and how you interact with other people. A career or vocational aptitude test can help you figure out your natural preferences and strengths. Aptitude tests then try to match these preferences and strengths with a large database of careers. They are useful tools to help narrow down your choices or open up avenues you might never have thought about before.

A career or vocational aptitude test might consist of an instrument that assesses an individual's abilities, personality characteristics, and interests, and compares the individual's responses to those persons considered to be successful in their occupations and professions, noting points of similarity and dissimilarity. Aptitude tests are a form of psychometric test and are administered by trained users.

Personality assessments. Personality assessments look at how your personality affects your behaviours and actions. 

Values assessments. Values assessments take into account your personal or work values.

There are many great assessment and testing tools available.  Many are administered by Career Coaches or Employment Services or Agencies.  Some Assessment and Testing tools have a fee attached and others are free if you are unemployed and taking an agency’s program.

Other assessment and testing tools are available on the internet. Some are fee based, while others are free.  Most of the free tools give you a portion of the results and many times that is enough to help you move forward.  Some of the free tools are a gimmick to get you to pay the full price for the information, so caution is suggested, as most of them ask for your contact information.  The federal and provincial government websites listed on the Job Links page also offer good assessment and testing tools.  Specifically, refer to the sections on that page entitled Resource Links and Assessments of Tests Links for further information.

What Employers Want

Now that you know more about you and what you want, it’s time to learn more about what employers want. In 2006, The Business Council of British Columbia asked its members to fill out a survey that asked what attributes and skills they look for in an employee.  The results for the top 10 attributes and skills are:

Top 10 Attributes
  1. Accountable/Responsible
  2. Enthusiastic/Positive Attitude
  3. Honest/Ethical
  4. High Performance Standards
  5. Demonstrates Initiative/Self-Starter  
  6. Flexible/Adaptable
  7. Customer Service
  8. Diligent/Dedicated
  9. Demonstrates Common Sense
  10. Creative / Innovative
Top 10 Skills
  1. Interpersonal Skillls
  2. Teamwork
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Speaking/Listening
  5. Critical Thinking
  6. Writing
  7. Planning/Time Management
  8. Reading
  9. Leadership
  10. IT/Computer Skills

When you look at your resume, does it demonstrate that you have these attributes and skills?  If not, then go to the Job Search page for ideas on how to do that.