When was the last time you did a diagnostic check-up on the health of your career? Since today (Nov. 17) is National Career Development Day (it only comes once a year!), why not start being proactive about managing your own career development?
In addition, you can use their online assessments to find other job possibilities and potential new career fields based on your skills and your work experience. Here are three that are particularly useful:
This tool helps you determine the likelihood of your finding employment with a specific occupation at a specific wage and location. You select specific information, including an occupation and industry, a state and locality, an education level, and a wage level. When you enter all the information requested, the system generates an Employability Profile. You can repeat this process to find your best prospects as you change certain parameters, such as industry, state or locality.
Using an integrated, step-by-step process, this survey enables you to create a list of your skills and then matches them to job types that require those skills. You can use the resulting Skills Profile to identify careers that use your current skills or to determine training and/or experience gaps you would need to fill to be considered a qualified candidate in another field.
My Skills, My Future
Probably the easiest to use, this tool finds job titles that match current or previous job titles you have held. The premise is that the skills you used in past jobs are similar to skills required in jobs with other job titles. Having multiple job titles allows you to expand your job-postings search on aggregator sites like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com. This can potentially lead to more search results.
Think about how to develop your career in ways you want it to grow, rather than taking a default position of “whatever”. For example, you may want a career that uses more of your motivated skills (the skills you do well and enjoy doing) or that is more aligned with your interests and passions. Even in a bad economy and a tough job market, jobs that could really be a best-fit match for you do exist and someone needs to fill them. Why couldn’t that someone be you?