1.Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Cost: $49.95 or free online knock-off
Applicable across all areas of your life, the MBTI is probably one of the most used assessments by career centers and managers alike. The MBTI gives you a sense of your personality preferences: where you get your energy, how you like to take in information, how you make decisions, and what kind of structure you like in the world around you. While these preferences can certainly point to careers that might suit you well, they can also give you a lot of valuable information about what kind of workplaces might be best for you, what your working preferences are, and how you can best relate to others at the office. If you don’t want to pay to take the official test, you can take a pretty good (and free) online version here.
2. My Next Move O*NET Interests Profiler Cost: Free
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this tool uses a method similar to Self-Directed Search to help you identify where your career interests lie, then points you towards career pathsthat might feed those interests. The results section even has the option to search different careers by how much preparation is necessary to get into them, meaning you can find options that are a fit to your current skill le
3. Pymetrics Cost: Free
Pymetrics uses a series of simple (yet surprisingly challenging) mind games to measure different cognitive and social traits (think your level of risk aversion or your attention span). The results detail your strengths and weaknesses, which can give you some hints into what kinds of roles you might excel in.
4. Career Strengths Test Cost: Free
This collection of activities, developed by Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation for Oprah, will test your strength level in a variety of different skills, from inductive reasoning to structural visualization. If you do well, you can see which jobs require that skill—and get a sense of what types of careers might be a fit for your abilities.
5. The Big Five Personality Test Cost: Free
Learn more about how you work and relate to others with this quick test. You’ll get information on how open to new experiences you are, how self-disciplined you are, how extroverted you are, how agreeable you are, and how you handle stressful situations.
Resources: theMuse and WELFARE TO-WORK PROGRAM BENEFITS AND COSTS A Synthesis of Research David Greenberg Victoria Deitch Gayle Hamilton February 2009