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Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.
Jeff Layton: How useful are personality tests or assessments? It seems like there's a lot of them out there when you're looking for a job. Valerie Sutton: Personality assessments or any type of sort of strength-based assessments gives you a framework to have a conversation. And so I think that oftentimes people think of them as putting themselves in a box, and that's not what it's about. It about understanding yourself better and understanding why you fit in an organization or why you may not fit within an organization.
So really, I think they're very helpful if you don't have a really good understanding of why something is not working out. But if you have a really good knowledge of yourself and what you like to do and what you don't like to do, it may be less helpful. Jeff: Personality tests don't necessarily translate to, this is your career now; this is your job choice. Valerie:, No they don't transfer directly. One of my firm beliefs is no matter what personality type that it says you are, you can always learn skills associated with different types of careers.
And you may just work differently than other people, but the more you know about yourself, the more effective you can be in any work environment. Jeff: Hmm... That's good advice!
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