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#1 Career Test For 2019


JobQuiz isn’t like the old-fashioned career tests from ten years ago. It’s based on key elements that people care about when choosing a career. When you take JobQuiz, you’ll see the difference. We don’t ask irrelevant questions or put you into a few psychological buckets; we ask the right questions that make a difference to you.

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Why are Career Tests important?

Career tests provide one of the most important aspects of career planning—they help you narrow your list of potential career areas to a manageable few. Without this guidance, many people find it incredibly difficult to choose their career wisely.

An investment in your future:

The cost of a bachelor’s degree at a private four-year college is over $32,000 per year. That extraordinary expense begins with the selection of a college major that will lead to your desired career. Astonishingly, nearly 75% of college students begin as either an “undecided” major or they change majors partway through their degree program. From this statistic, it’s clear that most students would benefit from additional time in the career planning process. JobQuiz and other professional career tests provide you with the needed guidance with a minimal amount of time, effort and expense.

Who should take Career Tests?

We believe that everyone could benefit from one or more career tests. Even if you believe you are 100% sure of your career choice, you would likely profit from the experience. Who knows what new piece of valuable insight you might discover? However, it is the people who are less sure about their future direction who will most benefit. It is simply not worth the financial risk to begin college without taking the time to explore potential career areas. In fact, many people find it worth the expense to hire a career coach in their local community who can guide them in making these big decisions.

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Career Personality Types

Career Personality Tests

For many career tests, your basic personality forms the complete basis of their career recommendations. Even on its face, this is hard to believe. Keep in mind that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of separate career choices, and yet somehow these tests are able to predict your exact career based on four or five or 16 personality styles?

Let’s be clear, I enjoy personality tests and have been certified in some of the largest tools over the years of my own career. The DiSC tool with its four main styles (Dominant, Influence, Steadiness and Compliant) is easy-to-understand and has some real value to enhancing communication and interaction within corporate and professional environments.

Dr. Taylor Hartman’s “Color Code” personality indicator has the benefit of moving beyond behavioral elements of personality and digs deep into the person’s psychological makeup by focusing on the person’s earliest memories and the so-called “motive” behind the feelings. This tool works in corporate environments as well as within counseling settings.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with its sixteen personality styles is one of the best tools available, especially when interpreted by a professionally-trained facilitator. With the higher number of personality styles, as compared to other tests, Myers-Briggs does a solid job of converting personality to careers, but it still lacks the details to focus on exact career choices. That’s why personality is only one part of the JobQuiz experience.

The JobQuiz Personality Test

The personality component of JobQuiz is based on a tool that was developed for use in corporate and professional environments. It has been used by some of the largest corporation in the world and has been administered tens of thousands of times in live professional-development training sessions. It is a behavior-based tool rather than a psychological instrument and focuses on how people think and act in a real-world work setting.

In the corporate environment, this instrument is presented as a training tool for educational purposes only. It is not used nor intended for hiring, selection or other human resource functions; however, it has real value in helping people to understand their own behavioral personality and how their personality interacts with others. There are five Career Styles within this instrument, as follows:

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Five Career Styles

The Five Career Styles

Counselors are kind, thoughtful, quiet listeners who are sensitive to the feelings of others and always take the time to offer a kind word. Their organizational strengths are based more on interpersonal skills than technical skills. They get pleasure out of working with people and add team spirit to any workgroup. Counselors lead through building relationships and providing service to others. They are strong mentors who enjoy helping others to grow in their careers.

Examiners are most often quiet and reserved, especially in a team situation, but can become outspoken if challenged. Because of their desire to share detailed technical knowledge, they may be perceived as somewhat tedious by less detail-oriented styles. They are known for their analysis, risk avoidance, accuracy and precision. They are most comfortable in a technical support role where they can act as a consultant to a leader who values their critical thinking skills.

Rocks are easy-going, team players who avoid interpersonal conflicts and focus on getting the work out. They build relationships based on trust by consistently doing what's right for their organization whether it benefits them personally. They solve problems in a proactive manner that gets the problem solved while minimizing risk. If they are placed in a leadership role, they will perform in a mature manner that maintains the status quo by assertively holding people accountable for their job responsibilities.

Seekers use a quick, assertive communication style that focuses on achieving results. They can be abrupt and tend to cut people off. They are often better speakers than listeners. Seekers tend to be knowledge generalists rather than technical specialists and, therefore, may become bored with technical information. Seekers are natural leaders and will actively seek opportunities to demonstrate their leadership ability. They enjoy organizing and controlling people and situations. They are ambitious, goal-oriented achievers focused on success.

Uniters are known for their personalities and build their organizational success through strong, friendly work relationships. They are typically well-liked and see friendliness and interpersonal relationships as more important than tasks. Uniters are highly optimistic, energetic, passionate motivators who achieve results through people. They tend to be flexible, innovative problem solvers who seek win/win solutions. Uniters lead through passion and excitement and believe that with enough team-based energy, work can be fun.

Matching Personality to Career Choices

As you can see from these brief descriptions, the personality component of JobQuiz begins the process of matching your overarching personality to certain major categories of careers. It isn’t difficult to see how different types of personality would align with certain careers.

For example, people with high Counselor personality scores may be drawn to careers such as adult literacy, child care, educational counseling, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, or home health care.

Those with high Examiner scores may find they have an interest in accounting, engineering, architecture, science or computer programming. Their strong analytical skills would serve them well in any of these career categories.

People with the Rock personality style are highly flexible in their abilities and thus have a broad range of possible careers. This group could be described as a “Jack of all trades” who demonstrate solid work performance in many different areas. Possible career areas would include mechanical, operational, service, support, supervisory, trades and construction.

In comparison, the Seeker personality style is strongly driven toward high achievement and leadership roles. As a group, they enjoy the challenge of demanding and difficult careers. Seekers would show interest in careers such as entrepreneur, healthcare professionals, management and executive, law, administration, and high-stress careers such as air traffic controller.

Finally, the Uniter style is drawn to careers that reward energy and creativity. They thrive is roles such as education, sales, and marketing. Specific jobs might include school teacher, musician, public relations, training specialist, graphic designer, and author. If the job involves generating creative ideas and sharing those ideas with others, the Uniter style is the place to start.

Matching Personality to Career Choices

Intellectual Capacity

Intellectual Capacity

A second important aspect of JobQuiz which separates it from other tests is the willingness to ask hard questions about intelligence. Because our test focuses on the real world, it’s only fair that it deals with the reality of intelligence. It would be nice to say that everyone is born with equal capability, but even first graders know that is not true.

Raw intelligence and processing power are innate biological gifts that cannot be learned. We can certainly become educated, but the underlying intellectual capacity will remain unchanged. This section of the test is not meant to discourage anyone from reaching for a high goal, but it does add an element of realism.

We include this section to help people avoid pursuing a completely unrealistic career. For example, a person’s personality and preferences may show a real interest in basic science and astronomy; however, a career as an Astronomer typically requires a Ph.D. in physics. If you’re a high school student who struggles in math and science, that career path may be overly optimistic. However, it may be comforting to know that our decision model eliminates relatively few careers based purely on intellectual capacity.

In comparison, those who self-report a high level of intellectual capacity through our series of questions receive a corresponding score increase that drives them toward careers that reward intelligence.

Educational Attainment

The next element of our decision matrix involves the willingness and ability to attain higher levels of education. If a person shows a commitment to pursuing a college degree, it opens the door to many desirable career paths.

But JobQuiz goes beyond the simple question of college. We differentiate potential careers based on the level of degree pursued. For example, an associate degree would certainly increase the number of possible jobs as compared with only a high school diploma, but a bachelor’s degree would enable the person to pursue many more. Our test differentiates between career paths for each of the major degree levels.

In addition, we categorize the college degrees into major groups such as STEM careers, business, medical and others. This helps to align a person’s educational interests into careers that share those same skill sets and abilities.

Educational Attainment

Entrepreneurial Assessment

Entrepreneurial Assessment

One of the most difficult career paths to assess is a person’s ability and interest in owning and operating his or her own business. The path of a successful entrepreneur is not often a straight one, but the mindset of this person typically contains certain values and abilities.

They are often optimistic and see opportunities. They are more driven and determined than non-entrepreneurs and they love talking with people about new ideas. They have enormous self-discipline and can work long hours without supervision. They are risk-takers and don’t mind failure if they can learn something from the experience.

Our test evaluates each of these points and calculates an entrepreneurial score as one of the key outputs of the test results.

Practical Matters

Finding a job that you love is one of the main reasons career tests exist, but we must also incorporate a significant level of realism into a decision of this importance.

Practical elements deal with the mundane but critical elements that make a real difference in people’s lives. Each person has a different level of interest in these practical elements of work. For some, the idea of extensive overnight travel may be exciting, while for others, a job of that nature would be impossible due to child care and other issues. Some people might enjoy the fast-paced world of a high-stress career, while others would be exhausted and miserable. Some might want a physically intense job that leaves your back and muscles sore, while others might enjoy a mentally exhausting job.

There are other considerations such as level of competition, number of jobs in the field, growth rates, work environments, and seemingly simple choices such as sitting at a desk or standing on your feet all day.

Money, Work Ethic and Personal Drive

If you ask most people if they’d like more money for the work that they do, you would get a resounding Yes! People are strongly motivated by money and if all else is equal, they will pick the higher paying career.

But at what cost?

For many people, the idea of a higher paycheck is limited by the amount of effort and stress that the high income demands. JobQuiz evaluates work ethic and personal drive as it relates to higher levels of income. Specifically, how much effort and difficulty is a person willing to endure to achieve the higher levels of compensation?

This examination of work ethic and personal drive also extends to the willingness to pursue multiple years of higher education. In other words, is the person willing to expend the amount of energy and effort to achieve a career that pays at the highest levels?

Money, Work Ethic and Personal Drive

Career Preferences

Career Preferences

The final section of JobQuiz focuses on specific tasks, activities, people and situations that a person would like (or dislike) about a specific career. In this section, we explore interests and desires that would shape your daily work activities, including specific functions you would enjoy, and those activities that you would very much like to avoid.

One of the challenges of making career recommendations is that people’s interest and desires are so profoundly different. For one person, the opportunity to speak before a crowd of ten thousand would be the highlight of his or her career. For another person, the idea of sitting alone and quietly thinking would be perfection.

This section addresses the specific people with whom you would like to interact. It also evaluates specific activities you’d like to avoid such as having a quota, getting dirty at work, enforcing rules, or feeding others. Of course, we address the opposite as well—those things you most enjoy. For example, analyzing, healing, managing, teaching, writing, researching, or serving others.

Ready to Start?

The JobQuiz career test is a sophisticated tool designed to help you make positive life choices about your career. It helps you make a realistic assessment of your intellectual capacity, your educational plans and the impact of your personality on your career ambitions. It attempts to get into the details of what you want to do daily, and perhaps more importantly, what you don’t want to do every day.

JobQuiz is not magic. Our decision-engine can only calculate based on the inputs that you provide, but we believe that the process will provide real value in helping you think through a very challenging and important decision. In our small way, we hope we can help you find not just what you want to do for a living, but what you want to do for a life. We wish you all the best in your career search!

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