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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. Some are free of charge while others must be purchased. You are welcome to add any tool that is not already listed in this section.

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.

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.

Assess Yourself | CAREERwise Education

Find careers that match your work skills, interests, and values. Career assessment tools ask questions to help you learn about yourself and careers that fit you. These tools will not tell you what to do. They help you explore options and decide for yourself. View

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.

Assessment: How Mindful Are You?

Mindfulness is the ability to stay focused, while being aware of your thoughts and surroundings and being able to recognize and move past distractions as they arise. In our information-saturated workplaces, this mental skill is becoming as important as emotional intelligence and technical skills. Research shows that people spend almost 47% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, which impairs their creativity, performance, and well-being.

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.


The success we achieve can largely depend on how well we understand ourselves and those with whom we interact. Much of our time is spent working with others to accomplish objectives. People skills are one of the most critical we can develop. The Birkman Method® is a scientifically developed, multi-dimensional assessment designed to help you achieve more at work and at home. It integrates behavioral, motivational and occupational data together to predict behavior and work satisfaction across situations. The Birkman Method is the personality assessment for improving people skills and aligning roles and relationships for maximum productivity and success.

Career Assessment Questionnaire (free)

The first step is to take a good hard look at yourself, where you are, what’s important to you, and where you’re going in your career. This Career Assessment questionnaire will help with that. These are important questions that will provide focus and a basis for evaluating alternatives. This assessment will also help you prepare to clearly communicate your skills, interests, strengths and career goals to others, in print and in interviews.

Career Competence: Self-Assessment & Professional Development for Career Development Practitioners

Career Competence is a free self-assessment and professional development planning tool. Through this interactive form, you will assess your competencies against The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs).

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