There are very few office support positions that are protected from corporate restructuring and layoffs today, therefore, it is important that you know how to plan an effective job search based on your skills, personality, interests and values. A skills assessment will help you learn about yourself and what job opportunities match your unique qualifications. A skills assessment will also prepare you to make better career and school decisions and become a better employee. After you complete your assessment, you'll match your results to a list of careers that best match your abilities
You will use your skills on your resume, cover letter and during the interview.
Take a skills assessment either online or using the forms below. Start with the Basic Skills Assessment and then take the interest and values assessments. The Basic Skills Assessment lets you rate yourself on skills from five different categories (Basic, People, Management, System and Technical Skills) and then see which occupations are a match for the skills that are important to you. Follow the instructions carefully on the forms below. You will be using the results to search for occupations and prepare your resume, cover letter and application.
Online Assessment: http://www.iseek.org/careers/skillsAssessment.
Match Skills to Occupations: http://www.onetonline.org. (From the Advanced Search option, select Skills from the drop down box)
According to John Holland's’ Theory of Career Choice, most people are one of six personality types:
People who choose to work in an environment similar to their personality type are more likely to be successful and satisfied.
What values are most important to you?
Job satisfaction comes from having a job that meets your needs and fits your goals. It is important to choose an occupation that meets most of your work values. Why? You're more likely to enjoy your job and be more motivated to succeed.
Find an occupation that suits your personality by starting with your unique interests.
Match Interests to Occupations: http://www.onetonline.org. (From the Advanced Search option, select Interests from the drop down box)
Find an occupation that fits your unique values.
Match Values to Occupations: http://www.onetonline.org. (From the Advanced Search option, select Work Values from the drop down box)
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
California Employment Development Dept. - http://www.edd.ca.gov/
O*Net – http://www.onetonline.org/
Human Resources Assistants
Office Clerks, General
Office and Administration Support Workers, All Other
Receptionists and Information Clerks
Know Your Work Skills: www.jobseekersguide.org/US/node/21
ii. ISEEK’s Skills List: www.iseek.org/careers/skillsAssessment