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Six (unless I think of more) Rules
About Taking Career Tests
We turn now from personality tests to career tests, also called vocational tests. Before you look at these, you should familiarize yourself with the Six (unless I think of more) Rules About Taking Career Tests. (see "more info" box)
A Guide To Going Online for Self-Assessment Tools
First step: from the WSJ site, an article you should read by jobs expert Margaret Dikel.

The Princeton Review Career Quiz
A 24-question quiz, related to The Birkman Method (which actual test, like the MBTI, is only available on the Internet for a fee). This one, however, is free, and may have some good suggestions for you.

The Career Interests Game
This is a simplified version of “The Party Exercise” from What Color Is your Parachute? and here is a simplified version of it online, at the University of Missouri site. They call it “The Career Interests Game”, and while it lacks the central graphic the exercise originally had, they’ve otherwise done a good job of presenting the exercise in color, with career links, etc. It gives you a good “first guess” at your three-letter Holland Code.

The Career Key
This test also does well in giving you your three-letter Holland Code. There are many useful links on the site, as well as information on occupations that match your code.

Career Briefs
This is a listing of occupations and descriptions; the Holland Codes for each occupation are included, so if you have taken any of the tests here, or otherwise have some idea of your Code, then some browsing through this site can give you some ideas for careers.

HotJobs Career Tests
There are 3 basic tests here, that may give you some career guidance.

Career Planner $$
Career Planner has a Holland-type test on this page; it will cost you from $19.95 to $29.95, depending on how fast you want your results back. If you click on the link that says, “If you decide not to buy right now, click here” you may be taken to their page, which will give you a 25% discount. The discount may not be there by the time you try it, but hey, that’s the Internet.

The Career Values Test
A quick way of identifying the things you value most in a career, from the mind of well-known job expert Dick Knowdell.

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About Taking Career Tests
No test can measure YOU; it can only describe the family to which you belong. Tests tend to divide the population into what we might call groups, tribes, or families - made up of all those people who answered the test the same way you did. It all comes out as: "You are an ISFJ". Or, "You are an SAE", or "You are a 'Blue'". The results are an accurate description of that tribe, that family of people, in general; but may or may not be true in every respect of you. You may be exactly like that group, or you may be different in important ways.

You are unique, and are like nobody else on earth.

Don't pre-determine how you want the test to come out. Stay loose and open to new ideas. It's easy to have an emotional investment that the test should come out a certain way.

You're looking for clues, hunches, or suggestions, rather than for a definitive picture that tells you exactly what you should do with your life. And bear in mind that an online test isn't likely to be as insightful as one administered by a qualified psychologist or counselor, who may see things that you don't.

Take several tests and not just one. One may easily send you down the wrong path. Three different tests can offer a more balanced picture or a more balanced set of clues.

Finally, don't try to force your favorite online tests on your friends. You may take a particular test, think it's the best thing since the invention of the wheel, and try to "sell" it to everyone you meet. Don't. Just because it worked well for you does not mean it will work well for them. If you ignore this, your friends will start running when they see you coming.

As a corollary to this, it might be fun to talk with your friends about the results of qualitative tests, but do not compare scores for quantitative tests; IQ is a classic example. One person's score will always be higher; it's not a situation that brings out the best human qualities.

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