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This section lists tools that can be used to determine clients’ personality type, career interests and other types of career-related assessments, as well as various career exploration tools, either general or field-specific. You are welcome to add any tool that is not already listed in this section.


What career best fits your personality? This free career test can give you insight into your career personality. Based on a characterization of your personality in terms of Holland Code personality types, you will learn what kind of work environments and occupations suit you best. The results of this career test provide you with a list of professions and occupations that fit your career personality. Choose a career that matches your preferences and you will increase your chances of being successful!

A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments – 6th Edition

A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments continues to be an exemplary resource for counselors, career development facilitators, school counselors, and other career development professionals working in college career centers, agencies, and schools. The 6th edition of this text maintains the key features of previous editions with reviews of instruments and chapters by leading experts in the field. The updated edition has over 70 reviews and now includes qualitative/alternative approaches to standardized assessments. Chapters cover topics such as multicultural considerations in career assessment, selecting a career assessment, and career assessment standards and competencies for practitioners. The book provides brief descriptions and information on over 300 additional instruments. A useful matrix provides a useful cross-reference to search for instruments based on the purpose of the instruments and the population best to use it.  The only publication of its kind, the 6th edition of A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments provides the most organized, practical, and comprehensive guide to the effective selection and use of career assessment instruments.

Aboriginal Construction Careers

The Aboriginal Construction Careers website includes tools and information for Aboriginal Persons exploring and preparing for a career in Construction. It contains a How to Guide to enable employers to develop a workable and sustainable approach and lists programs or initiatives to increase numbers of Aboriginal workers getting a job in the construction industry. Information on ES is integrated throughout the How to Guide. The website also provides numerous ES profiles of industry related occupations.

Academic Transition Tool

Online Academic Transition Tool designed to help students select a career / major that REALLY motivates them and choose a college or university that meets their distinctive learning preferences and behavioral style. Our program includes a comprehensive behavioral profile and interest inventory to help students make better academic and campus life decisions.

ACHE Healthcare Executive 2017 Competencies Assessment Tool

The American College of Healthcare Executives Competencies Assessment Tool is offered as an instrument for healthcare executives to use in assessing their expertise in critical areas of healthcare management.

Alberta Learning Information Services – OccInfo

Search for occupational information based on title, industry, or NOC code.  Check out over 500 occupations and get all the details, from duties, working conditions, salaries and advancement opportunities to personal characteristics and educational qualifications.

Alberta Work Search Online

Looking for work? You’ve come to the right place. Alberta Work Search Online will help you make the most of your online work search. During the work search process, you will: identify the skills and experience you have to offer identify potential employers and job opportunities market your skills and accomplishments to potential employers. Here you’ll find the information, examples, links and exercises you need for every stage of your work search.

Assessment and Development of Competencies

This resource was developed under the Meeting Workplace Skill Needs project. This intervention involves formal career guidance or career counselling that helps employees to identify the competencies they have, identify the competencies they need to develop and explore venues for where those competencies can be put to good use. The Workplace Skills Assessment and Development process (unlike Prior Learning and Assessment-PLAR) focuses both on skills identification by looking to an individual’s past and present learning, and on skills development which has a focus on future career goals and future learning. The intervention consists of a number of skills assessment and development sessions (3 to 10 depending on the person) with significant personal work to be completed by the individual in between sessions. This intervention is delivered by a trained professional career counsellor. MAAP

The 15-minute MAPP test comprises 71 different triads, or three statements. You simply choose which one you would most prefer or least prefer, with one left blank. Since there are so many different combinations of answers, there are literally more than a trillion trillion different test results – more than there are people in the world.

BESI – Barriers to Employment Success Inventory


Identify Barriers to Getting and Succeeding on a Job

Featuring extensive revisions based on customer feedback, Barriers to Employment success (BESI) is now easier to use and more helpful than ever!
Makes an ideal screening tool for administrators and counselors as well as an empowering motivator for clients!
This best-selling assessment gives individuals a quick and easy way to identify the hurdles and obstacles that stand in the way of their job success. Though it takes only 20 to 30 minutes to complete, this powerful inventory not only helps people conduct a more effective job search, it helps them be more successful on the job as well.

Test takers rate 50 simple statements covering five categories: Personal and Financial, Emotional and Physical, Career Decision-Making and Planning, Job-Seeking Knowledge, and Training and Education. After users have identified their barriers, BESI suggests ways to overcome them and helps individuals develop an action plan that can be used in group or individual career counseling.

This new edition has a lower reading level (seventh grade), simplified scoring, new and revised items, and additional validity and reliability data. In addition, BESI’s fourth step now focuses on suggestions for overcoming barriers, while the fifth step devotes more space to developing a plan.

This assessment works well with other JIST-materials, including the Barriers to Employment Success Workbook and theBarriers to Employment Success video.

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