PERSONAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS
There are a number of background questionnaires, career exercises, and online assessments that we recommend to clients who which to explore their future career direction. However, it is not necessary to use all of these tools, and if you still have similar exercises or assessments that you completed in the past, they may serve as a good substitute for some of these.
- Background Questionnaires and Resume/Work History Review. Almost all of our clients, either during or before their first appointment, complete our First Appointment Questionnaire. In addition, assessment clients are encourage to complete all or part of the Supplemental Client Background Form to give us more information about their whole lives to give us some contest as we help them with the assessment process. While we want to learn about your career and life aspirations, it is just as important that we understand your responsibilities and perceived constraints (i.e. unusually high monthly expenses) in order to help you effectively.
- Written Exercises. We recommend the Seven Stories Exercise, the Fifteen and Forty Year Vision Exercise, and the Brainstorming All Possible Careers Exercise from the Five O'Clock Club's classic book, Targeting a Great Career (we give/send this book to clients).
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI). We find it almost as helpful as our clients do to know the [accurate] MBTI types of the professionals we work with! We administer either the MBTI Step I, the MBTI Step II, or the MBTI®Complete instrument, which clients complete online, and then we facilitate individual interpretation sessions to help them better understand their type and its workplace implications. To get started, please click here. For clients who have taken the MBTI before, we may recommend another process to make sure they uncover their correct, best-fit type.
- Strong Interest Inventory. We particularly recommend the Strong Interest Inventory to clients who have recently graduated from college/school and/or any clients wishing to look at their career options from scratch. Like the MBTI, we give clients their Strong results in an interpretation session. The Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) is a self-report questionnaire used to measure and describe people’s interests in a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities and educational subjects. Understanding your Strong Profile can help you identify career options consistent with your interests, choose education and training relevant to your interests, recognize work environments and specific occupations and career fields you might enjoy, and identify strategies for career development.
- CAREERLEADER is an online assessment that you pay for and complete on your own. The assessment takes about an hour and costs $95, but clients of Stamboulie Career Consulting receive a discount code that reduces the cost by $20. (Note: If you took CareerLeader as a graduate business school student and it was recently enough that you can remember the e-mail address and password you used to register, you can get your results from your earlier test for free at the site above. Make sure to use all the career exploration tools that come on the site.
- Other Services. As needed, we also help clients with personal branding and executive presence.
PRACTICAL TARGETING PROCESS
During the targeting process we look at your assessment results/career aspirations (from the processes above), work experience (resume), and financial needs, and help you to come up with some [fairly] realistic job targets to explore.
We then explain why you should – and show you how to – talk to people in your desired field before you finalize your target and start interviewing. We also explain why every job hunter benefits from a fairly narrow, very specific first choice job target and why this is particularly important for job hunters who are changing job functions or industries.
We will give you specific guidance and tools to help you to:
- Assess your initial targets and knowledge of target areas
- Explore your job target(s) and make an initial selection
- Familiarize yourself with your job target to optimize your interviewing strength
- Use that knowledge to clarify and define your final job target