PERSONAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS
We guide clients through all phases of the assessment and targeting process, including:
- Evaluating your current situation, goals, and priorities
- Assessing your skills, strengths, and weaknesses through online assessments and written exercises
- Establishing and exploring initial career targets
There are many background questionnaires, career exercises, and online assessments available. We will recommend one or more of these for clients who wish to explore their future career direction. It is not necessary to use all these tools, and your past assessments or similar exercises may serve as a good substitute for some of these.
- Background Questionnaires and Resume/Work History Review. Many of our clients, prior to (or during) their initial meeting, are asked to complete our First Appointment Questionnaire. In addition, clients are encouraged to fill in the Supplemental Client Background Form, which provides more information about their lives to provide context to supplement 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 provide this book to clients).
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 closest to your personality and preferences. Once you know your correct type, you can use Myers-Briggs theory to better understand yourself and how you work with others.
When we understand our type preferences, we can approach our own work in a manner that best suits our style, including time management, problem-solving, decision-making, and dealing with stress. Knowledge of MBTI 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 also find it helpful 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 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® (Strong) to those who have recently graduated as well as clients who wish to look at their career options from scratch. 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. Like the MBTI, we give clients their Strong results in an interpretation session.
CAREERLEADER is an online assessment that you may complete on your own. The assessment takes about an hour and normally costs $95, but clients of Stamboulie Career Consulting receive a discount code that reduces the cost to $75.
(Note: If you took CareerLeader in graduate business school student and you can access the e-mail address/password you used to register, you can get your results from your earlier test for free from the site above. Make sure to use all the career exploration tools available on the CareerLeader 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