If you’re stuck in a career rut and looking for a way out, then perhaps you’ve been searching for a new dream job or even more realistic ones. I have tested 6 free online personality and career assessment tools that can actually be beneficial to your search.
Whether you need help finding the right path for you or want to learn a little more about your working style to help you improve the job you already have, my simple selection of free online personality and career profiling tools can certainly help to point you in the right direction.
FREE ONLINE Personality, EQ, Career Path and Employability Test Tools
I love any kind of personality test! The fact that you can put yourself into a category (or categories), just like that, is so sweet and self-satisfying. I’m an introvert – leader type / future change maker. I’m totally sensitive but focused and strong-minded! The last thing I read this morning was that I’m going on a world trip! (Alright, that was a random horoscope and just plain dreaming.) No seriously – Check these out!
Personalities is based on C. G. Jung’s study of psychological traits (i.e. introversion and extroversion) and the well-known Myers-Briggs test. It covers the “Big Five” personality trademarks of individuals: mind, energy, nature, tactics, and identity. It’s the most popular online personality test, and with over 26 million tests taken, it’ll cover everything from your basic qualities to your romantic relationships to your workplace habits, strengths, and weaknesses.
My tip: Open a bottle of wine, or put the headphones on and play a nice soundtrack, this one takes a bit of time.
This EQ test is inspired by Daniel Goleman, the renowned author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, a book discussing the many reasons why EQ shapes who we are. Instead of being direct, it presents stories and asks you to answer how you’d normally respond in that circumstance.
My tip: Read this blog if you want to understand why EQ matters more in today’s workplace.
This fun and easy, in-depth assessment takes you through a variety of career situations, testing both your skill level and interest. What I liked about it most, was that it provides you with several options for your ultimate career. I am not suggesting that it knows you perfectly, but you might enjoy knowing which jobs you could “totally” do.
My Tip: Take the test twice, maybe 1 week apart, and tell me if I was right about the “totally” can do part?
Career Assessment Tools
It does not take much to work out that the 21st century workplace and our careers have changed, from our skills to how we collaborate to the technologies we use. Current news regularly suggests that roughly half of Australian jobs will be potentially affected by automation and technology change in the near future. Career assessment tools help you to assess your own career skills before you consider a take that big step and consider a career change…
This collection of activities, developed by Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation for Oprah, will test your strength level across different skills, from inductive reasoning to structural visualisation. If you do well, you can see which jobs require that skill and get a sense of what types of careers might be a fit for your abilities.
My Tip: This test requires genuine self-assessment. So, I encourage you to read the questions twice and refrain from overselling yourself if you want to achieve a good sense of your real career abilities.
Pymetrics uses a series of simple mind games to measure different cognitive and social traits (think your level of risk aversion or your attention span). The results detail your strengths and weaknesses, which can give you some hints as to what kinds of roles you might excel at.
My tip: The test is very intuitive and simple yet surprisingly challenging. Try to figure out what the core of the question is. Avoid fact reading.
The MAPP test is, to my knowledge, one of the most comprehensive career assessments out there, giving you feedback on what sorts of tasks you like best, how you like to perform them, and how you deal with people, data, things, reasoning, and language. Best of all, the test gives you a list of up to 20 possible career areas for you. As part of the free sample, you’ll receive information about your top trait in each category, as well as 10 possible career areas, so even if you don’t feel like paying, you can still get some valuable insights.
My tip: It is the most comprehensive test, and I regularly recommend it to our clients who want to find their “true calling”. You need to go to pricing to access the free test.
So, if you are unsure what you want to do with your life, or you need some career direction, then a personality and/or career assessment is a great first stop along your career journey. Take your time, avoid fact reading and when you get your results, re- focus and remember to hunt wisely!