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Self-Assessment Steps


Successful corporations would not be profitable,
if it were not for their personnel (management and employees). The
skills, abilities and attitudes possessed by the employees directly provide a
distinct competitive advantage for the organization. Some added benefits to the
organization are low turnover, increase brand recognition, innovative ideas and
providing above average returns to stakeholders.

This video
explains the steps necessary to complete a successful self-assessment. Gone are
the days when career development and training were looked upon as a burden on
the budget or were the first budgetary item removed as cost-cutting actions. Many
organizations have recognized the potential in increasing profits and managing
cost through Career Development Programs. These programs are designed not only
to provide a career path for employees, but also to align an organization’s
goals and objectives with the employees’ goals. Competitive strategies are thus
enhanced with improved competencies and a motivated workforce.

Successful career
development comes from the organization, the employee’s supervisor and the
employee. The phrase “growth opportunity” is used a lot during the interview
process by employees. It is great to join an organization that not only talks
about career growth, but practices it. Unfortunately, once hired, many
employees do not take advantage of the Career Development Program in their


After the completion on this
discussion, you will be able:

- Recognize the importance of
self-assessment in career planning

 - Define self-assessment

 - Understand the steps necessary to perform self-assessment

 - Perform self-evaluation

 - Create a self-assessment list

 - Identify your strengths

 - Match self-assessment list to jobs

 - Identify competencies needed to achieve

does not matter how proactive an organization may be in establishing Career
Paths and implementing Career Development Programs, it is ineffective if
employees do not utilize these resources. The choice to initiate a career plan
falls on the individual. It is time consuming and involves sharing your dreams
and ideas. Nevertheless, only YOU, the individual, can choose to begin this

Once the decision
is made to engage in a career plan, individuals begin by setting goals and
objectives. Even though those are significant, the first and most important
step is the self-assessment phase. It is imperative to known where you are
before you can move forward. Self-assessment can be done by an individual or by
a professional. Self-assessment is simply assessing one’s self. The process,
however, is not so simple. Self-assessment is defined
as analyzing one’s own competency level. Through this process an individual’s
knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude is identified.

suggest creating a list under four headings:

 - Interests - things that a person is
enthusiastic about or attentive to

- Things

 - Information

 - Concepts

       - People

- Accomplishments
– successful achievement of a task

 - Situations,
challenges and problems

 - What you did

 - Goals achieved

 - Skills Inventory – the ability to do
something well

 - Example –
Organizing, training, motivating, planning, leading

 - Values – what is important to you

 - Examples -
Achievement, challenge, creativity, responsibility, integrity

Once your list is completed, match like interests, skills
and strengths and values to jobs. The job with the most matches is the right
job for you.


The opportunity for career
growth within an organization with management and employee developmental
programs attracts most people. Organizations create these programs because they
recognize the benefits to the bottom-line in training and developing future
leaders. Most individuals’ career choice
is based on their skills,
interests, accomplishments, and values. In beginning a career path, most
individuals embark on developing goals and a plan-of-action and have never
completed a self-assessment. Self-assessment is integral to developing a successful
career plan. Your direction is improved by knowing where you are.




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