SimonStapleton.com

Discover Yourself: Online Tools for Finding Out the Jobs Will Work For You

Estimated reading time: 3 mins

I’ve been searching high and low for the best, most-frictionless (i.e. no or non-intrusive registration) online tools for self-discovery. Many of these methods have been around for a long time, in some form or another, and now we can access them online (most completely free) and get instant results. You may find them quite eye-opening, like I did! Particularly when I took the Career Aptitude Test…

1. Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBPT) Assessment Tools

Many of us have been subjected to MBPT tools at some point. Lots of employers use them. Although perhaps a little less so nowadays. They’re still great assessors of our personality types!

16Personalities is a Myers-Briggs assessment tool I have use, and recommend to others. What I like about this is the mapping of the standard four-letter personality-type onto a persona. It’s much more fun and engaging because it uses simpler words. It’s free to use and you don’t need to register (unless you want to receive an email with your results.)

Humanmetrics have a MBPT tool you can use right away. It uses more intelligent language (much closer to the original test devised on the theories of Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers. ) Not as funky as the one above, but certainly does the job.

2. DISC Personality Test

DISC tests determine your DISC type and personality profile, based on the DISC factors: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance. These traits predict our behavior towards others and the everyday actions we take.

123Test is free and quick to use. I like the way it’s presented and you select the best answers to statements with the thumbs up or down buttons.

DiscPersonalityTesting has a quick, 12-question DISC test too. You do have to register for free, but so far it hasn’t been spammy for me.

3. Career Aptitude Test

I found this awesome career aptitude test on 123Test which I was impressed with. It asks you to rate the best and worst from four options of job activities. Then add in your education level and it computes the ideal vocations in rank order. This was an eye-opener to me as the top jobs it suggests I should do, at 100% match, are jobs I have never considered: Street Artist, Illustrator, Artistic Painter, Sculptor, Glass Artist or Cartoonist! And ‘Dancer’ came in at 87%! I am beginning to feel like I chose the wrong career path…

WhatCareerisRightForMe.com also have such a test – and this one goes right to the nub of the questions. It’s quick and easy to use, but perhaps requires you to be more self-aware than the above test. This one suggested I become a Bioinformatic Technician – quite the departure from the advice above. It also recommends Video Game Developer, and also Choreographer! Dancing again! I really am in the wrong job!

4. Big Five Personality Test

HR professionals regularly use the Big Five personality dimensions to place employees in the right jobs because these dimensions are considered by some to be the underlying factors of an individual’s personality.

The Big Five personality traits spell out OCEAN, and are:

  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extroversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Psychology Today have a Big Five test that you can take for free, and get snapshot results (and for $6.95 get a detailed report). The snapshot is a good place to start and comes from a very big brand in this space – I haven’t upgraded though.

And once again, 123Test have a Big Five Personality Test, and this one is totally free, and easy to use. There are a lot of questions (as all Big Five tests do) – 120 in all – so make sure you have enough time!

 
  • Discover Yourself: Online Tools for Finding Out the Jobs Will Work For You
This post is part 1 of 1 in the series Self Discovery

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

Post your comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Affiliate Promotion

simonstapleton.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

Polls

When answering Employee surveys, do you always answer completely honestly?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
SimonStapleton.com located at Watledge , Stroud, UK . Reviewed by 18,205 readers rated: 9.8 / 10
My latest book: ACE Your Performance Appraisal$4.99 on
How Am I Doing?

Did this discussion solve your problem?

Then please rate this post or leave a comment.