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5 Free Career Reinvention Tools

5 Free Career Reinvention Tools

Nancy Collamer | MyLifestyleCareer/com

June 22, 2010

For years, I’ve been a sucker for those magazine quizzes that purportedly measure your fashion (or dating or relationship) smarts with just a handful of questions.

Even though I know full well that it is unrealistic to expect to glean any meaningful conclusions from these simple tools, I still find the results of these quizzes intriguing. And surprisingly, despite the limitations of this format, I almost always gain a few new ideas and helpful tips from these tests.

In my mind, the free online career tests can benefit you much the same way. They are no substitute for professional counsel (you certainly don’t want to quit your job based on their results), but they can provide interesting insights into your motivating skills, strengths and personality type, along with suggestions of occupational titles and links to resources for further exploration. Think of these freebies as the appetizer in the career reinvention process; a chance to sample the process before committing to a full-course meal.

Here are five tools for you to try out.

Kiersey Temperament Sorter: This test is like taking a mini-version of the Meyers-Briggs (MBTI), a personality indicator that gives you wonderful insights into the types of work environments and situations you find most satisfying. The accompanying site has a wealth of interesting information about temperament and the role it plays in career satisfaction. Free – but they charge for an extensive results report.

MAPP is an interest survey designed to help individuals identify their preferences for working with people or things and it suggests some occupations that match these preferences. The results report is sent to the user via e-mail, outlining his or her “natural motivations and talent for work” and matching these to five occupational descriptions from O*Net. A more extensive analysis is available for a fee.

The Career Interests Game: This quick quiz compiled by the University of Missouri’s Career Center is based on John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be loosely categorized into six groups. Each group has corresponding occupational suggestions, with links to sites that provide more information and resources for exploration.

The Strong Life Test for Women: I was duly impressed by this simple tool that helps to identify your greatest strengths. I blogged about this test last December. Click on this link to read more.

Create a Personal Mission Statement: Although technically not an assessment test, this fun and interactive “wizard” will take you step-by-step through the process of building a unique, personalized mission statement to help add focus and direction to your career reinvention process. A very useful way to jump-start your reinvention activities.

Here is a link to an article by Richard Nelson Bolles that discusses the relative merits and limitations of assessment tests.

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