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.

Self Assessment

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?

Assessment Options

  • 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. www.mbti.us
  • Human Metrics Typology Test- A FREE assessment tool that is quick but will provide you with a basic analysis. www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
  • 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

Skills Assessment

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:

  • Research
  • Networking
  • Search Tools
  • Employment resources
  • Interviewing
  • Job Offer
Career Planning Guide

Assessment & Career Counseling - Tools to help you clarify your career choices and identify jobs that might suit you.

Research - How do you find information on the things your are interested.

Networking - Links to other information sources related to careers, job searching, relocation, transition assistance, and more.

Resumes - Preparing your resume.

Interviewing - Communicating who you are and why you can do the job.

Offer Stage - Getting the compensation package you want requires knowledge of the market.