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Step One: Know yourself

If you do not know or are unsure of the job or field you are interested in, there are assessment tools that can help guide you. The more focused the job search, the greater the chance of success. The two assessment tools used the most by career counselors are the MBTI and the Strong. The MBTI is a personality assessment and the theory for utilizing this tool is that people who have similar personalities would go into the same jobs. The Strong assesses a person's interests and research shows that people with similar interests are in the same jobs. Both of these are useful tools to get started. They do not tell you what you should do; instead, they tell you where to start your research.

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Minnesota Careers

This is an extensive career website with information, resources, and no–cost assessment tools.

Similar Minds


Provides a 58 question survey that identifies where you fall on five scales: Extroversion, Emotional Stability, Orderliness, Altruism, and Inquisitiveness. From these scores possible professions are suggested for your personality profile.



On this website job seekers can use self–assessments to gauge their skill levels and find where improvement is needed.

Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP)


Provides a personal assessment that takes 15 minutes to complete. MAPP identifies your true motivations toward work and allows you to match yourself to job categories to see where you best fit. And receive your FREE MAPP Sample report and 5 free Job Matches. Once you complete your free sample, you will have the option to purchase a more comprehensive assessment, with prices ranging from $19.95 to $129.95.

The Career Key


The Career Key, developed by Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., is based on Holland's work. Users sign in and are asked to take a few quick surveys of jobs that might interest them, what they like to do, their abilities, how they see themselves, and what they value. A RIASEC score is generated based on the answers, and users are encouraged to explore the areas with the highest scores and the occupations related to them.

Self Directed Search


The Self Directed Search (SDS) was developed by Dr. John Holland, whose theory of careers is the basis for most of the career inventories used today. Holland's theory states that most people can be loosely categorized with respect to six types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.