Can taking a personality or aptitude assessment help you find the perfect career?

As a career coach and trainer I have been using psychometric tests a.k.a. personal assessments to help clients identify their personality type and natural talents and abilities. These assessments are one way to learn about yourself and help you focus in on what type of job/career is going to make you happy. We all know that if you go towards your strengths, natural abilities and skills you will be more successful and prosperous. Most of us don’t know how to communicate our value and/or our core competencies to future hiring managers/employers. These assessments/tests will provide you with reports and information that is accurate and useful to you during your job search. Please check out the links below and the information about Marcus Buckingham.  (free site) please take the Jung typology test and then go get the book, “Do What You Are,” and copy the chapter that describes your type, i.e. ESFJ. It’s fun and informative reading. ($6.95 per month) Go to this site and take the IQ, Aptitude, and their version of the Personality Test. It is based on the DISC methodology. (I only ask people to take the IQ test if they tell me they think they are stupid or not very smart.) I BELIEVE WE ARE ALL BRILLIANT no matter what your background is. You don’t have to be “double ivy” and grow up with a trust fund and be friends with Al Gore or George Bush to get into a great college. Ok don’t get me started. The two most widely used Personality assessments in corporate America are the Meyers Briggs and the DISC.

The information below came from Marcus Buckingham’s website. He wrote a book called Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton, The Free Press, 2001); This book has been widely used by individuals in corporations, universities, high schools and colleges.

 It’s About Results”

“Our company’s greatest asset is our people!”

It’s a nice motto, but it’s meaningless without introspection and application. And the truth is, people aren’t your greatest asset, unless they’re in position to leverage their greatest strengths – those things they do well consistently and energetically.

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6 Responses to Can taking a personality or aptitude assessment help you find the perfect career?

  1. Jennifer October 12, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    Rebecca!! I was so happy to see this. What amazing material! I read everything and even took that test :). I have been thinking of you a lot, so this is awesome to see. And guess what….I could DEFINITELY use your services!! Yay. I know you got my e-mail that I have graduated and I finally have that degree and I now need the job to go with it. I would also love to catch up with you personally, but will save that till we can meet. Are you available? Congrats on the business and I can’t wait to hear from you!!


  2. Nick Siewert October 12, 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    Hiya Jane,

    If you are interested in Buckingham’s work, you might also want to check out a book by an educator named Jenifer Fox MEd. called Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them (Viking, 2008) In it she brings the principles of strengths development into the school and home setting. Why should people wait until they are into or on the verge of the job market before they examine the most critical question of what activities energize and sustain them? Start exploring that young with the help of parents and teachers. Buckingham wrote the forward.

  3. rebecca October 12, 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    Hi Nick, Thanks so much for the tip. I will be featuring your website in one of my future posts. I love what your company is doing in the world.

  4. rebecca October 12, 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    Jen thanks for reviewing the blog and I am so glad that you took something away that helped you in your new career search.

  5. rebecca October 28, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    Hi Electra, Thank you for reading our blog. Good luck in your career!

  6. Bobbi July 6, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    This arlitce achieved exactly what I wanted it to achieve.

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