PERSONAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS

We help clients with all phases of the assessment and targeting process, including: 1.) evaluating your current situation, goals, and priorities, 2.) assessing your skills, strengths, and weaknesses through online assessments and written exercises, and 3.) establishing and exploring initial career targets. 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 context 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 classic book, Targeting a Great Career (we give/send this book to clients).

  • Assessments:
    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI).The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-report questionnaire for understanding one’s preferences and personality. The MBTI is used by 79% of Fortune 100 companies and has been taken by over 50 million people, making it the world’s most widely used assessment instrument.There are sixteen Myers-Briggs types and one of them is the best-fit (closest) of the 16 for your personality and preferences. Once you know your correct type then you can start using Myers-Briggs theory to better understand yourself and better understand and work with others.

      When we understand our type preferences, we can approach our own work in a manner that best suits our style, including how we manage our time, problem solving, decision making, and dealing with stress. Knowledge of type can help us deal with our career selection, work culture, the development of new skills, understanding our participation on teams, and coping with change in the workplace. If your work involves persuading or selling, knowledge of type can be particularly helpful in understanding what clients and colleagues need from us, especially how they best like to learn about products and services and how they like to interact during the process of gathering information and making decisions.

    • 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 contact us. 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 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 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