Using your Skills Assessment Results
Have you ever asked yourself “Do I have the skills needed to succeed?”
Some skills are specific to the job, like using a jackhammer or understanding a complicated computer program. But many skills are transferable – or used in a lot of different jobs.
Assess yourself no matter where you are in your career, you'll benefit if you take time to consider what you like, what you're good at, and whether your job is making the best use of your talents.
Assessments are tools to help you learn more about yourself. They can 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.
- 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 the Skills Assessment tell you?
The Skills 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 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.
Skills needed by almost all workers in all types of careers. Writing, for example, is a basic skill that can get you into a good job.
Examples of Basic Skills
- Learning new things
- Thinking critically
Sometimes called “Soft Skills”, these are some of the skills employers say all job candidates need the most. These skills enable people to work easily and effectively with customers and coworkers.
Examples of People Skills
- Being aware of others
- Coordinating with others
- Helping others
- Teaching others
Not just for managers anymore, if you can organize big or small projects, money, and your time, you’ll be a more valuable member of any team.
Examples of Skills
- Managing money
- Managing people
- Managing things
- Managing time
Can you understand how parts and wholes work together? For example, can you predict what would happen to your organization if a particular employee left? Or how a new tax law might affect prices at the grocery store? Then you have system skills.
Examples of System Skills
- Evaluating a system or organization
- Understanding a system or organization
- Making decisions
Almost all jobs today require some comfort with equipment and technology. Computers are common and most employers expect that, from entry-level to advanced positions, employees will work with computer applications and technology.
Examples of Technical Skills
- Choosing equipment or tools
- Controlling quality
- Designing equipment or technology
- Installing equipment or programs
- Maintaining equipment
- Monitoring equipment
- Operating equipment
- Programming computers
Skills can be learned and you will gain experience using them on the job.
As you conclude the Skills Assessment test--you will see a list of jobs ranked in order of best skills match up. You will also see the medium wages, outlook,educational training and a Career Profile for each of the jobs.