Self-assessment and Career Management

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

May 13

A critical skill for successful career management is your self-assessment of your career strengths. But, if you’re like me, doing a self-assessment is tough. Perhaps it is a “guy thing,” but I’m just too close to what I do to assess the good, bad, and ugly.

In addition, what a person considers the simplest gift in the world – think of Barbra Streisand’s voice – is viewed by that person as a given and nothing special. Yet others see the power and strength of that quality for the person.

It’s clear we need a place to start our self-assessment. And a great place to start is Barbara Seifert’s list in “Self-Assessment is a Key Factor to Successful Career Management.” In it, she lists evaluating four areas:

  1. Values
  2. Interests
  3. Personality
  4. Talents

Of these, Values was most interesting list:

There are six values we have: theoretical, economic, aesthetic, religious, social, and political. It is important to assess what we value in each of these areas and how they impact us in our career choices. For example, if you have high social values, you would do better to work in an environment where you have people interaction, such as in customer service.

Still, I come back to “the guy thing.” It’s tough to evaluate ourselves because we are too close to what we do.

I’d take this list and work with another trusted person and together develop your self-assessment. Once completed, you’ll have a better way of evaluating choices in your career and your current work.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.