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What is an Assessment?

Assessments are tools to help you learn more about yourself.

No matter where you are in your career, take time to consider what you like, what you're good at, and whether your job is making the best use of your talents. Career assessments can help identify your skills, interests, values, or other traits. These are then matched to a broad list of careers. Assessments help you find careers that fit you best.

What Can an Assessment Tell You?

An assessment can tell you what you already know about yourself but may not have really considered. Take an assessment to:

  • Understand the strengths (or weaknesses) you bring to your job.
  • Find out about specific occupations that are a good match for your unique blend of skills.
  • Learn where your skills fall short of the requirements for different jobs.
  • Decide whether you need more training or experience in an area.
  • Write a more meaningful resume or cover letter.
  • Reflect on where you want to take your career, and where you want your career to take you.

What Can't an Assessment Tell You?

A career assessment won't tell you whether or not a certain job will make you happy. A job is more than the skills required to complete tasks. It involves an organization, a boss, a group of coworkers, a schedule, a salary, and a commute. All these things that could influence how you feel about your work. Still, your job satisfaction is likely to be higher if your work makes good use of your skills.

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