Assessment & Career Counseling
Assessment of yourself and your skills are the first step toward developing a Career Plan that will lead to the type of
position that you really want and in which you will be the most successful.
Evaluate yourself. Take the time to consider what you really want to do. Consider what your personal, family and career
needs are. Have a clear understanding of your skills, interest, abilities, and values before you plan for a new career.
Consider the following questions:
What are my goals and objectives?
What do I really want to do?
Where do I want to live? Work?
How does my spouse feel about moving?
What jobs have I enjoyed the most?
What have I been the most successful at?
Do I want to continue in my current specialty?
Do I want to work for a large or small company?
How much money would I like to make?
Do I need additional training or education?
- What are my skills?
- National Career Development Association- The oldest career association in America offering resources and
recommended counselors. www.ncda.org
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator- One of the most recognized interest and abilities test available. This site
will educate you on where to go to take this exam and how to interpret the results.
- Human Metrics Typology Test- A FREE assessment tool that is quick but will provide you with a basic analysis.
- Keirsey-Temperament Sorter II- A FREE assessment of your personality type. Provides a basic analysis. www.keirsey.com
- Holland Typology- Probably the most recognized researched theorist on career behavior. It lists six types
of vocational identities and corresponding environments. www.self-directed-search.com
Review the skills and experiences from your military service and civilian employment. Consider significant accomplishments,
training, certifications, and awards received. When you register with CivilianJobs.com you will complete a profile where
much of this information will be utilized in matching your skills with the appropriate opportunity. By assessing your skills,
you will better be able to know the job categories or classifications that you’re qualified to pursue.
Develop a Plan
Once you have done a self-assessment and you have reviewed your skills, you will have a better awareness of what you want
to pursue and how your skills relate to the various job classifications. You are ready to plan for your career search. Your
plan should include the following:
- Job Offer