Boston.com is just one site I cruise for job listings, and today I noticed a link to take a "self assessment" test called "JASPER." It wasn't unlike other self-assessment tests I've taken, it reminded me of both the Strong Interest Inventory and the MBTI.
Here's what the test had to say about me:
Kate, your answers indicate that you are a Visionary when it comes to your overall work personality. Your JASPER type is a combination of your most prominent work traits and a good indicator of what you're like at work.
"I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big." --Donald Trump
What you want out of work:
To dream big and to foster your creativity and knack for innovation.
Your colleagues think of you as:
A creative, abstract thinker who is fun to watch in action.
What you have to offer:
Not only new and better ideas for how things can be improved, but also the courage to pursue them.Courageous. Your leadership style can be characterized as Courageous. You tend to be a very dynamic and brave person who embodies a sense of adventure and are quite comfortable taking risks. However, when you're the leader, you act with wise responsibility and steady restraint.Expressive.You are more Expressive than Introspective when it comes to your work personality. You have an energetic aura about you and are quite gregarious and outgoing. At work, you draw energy and motivation from social interactions and relationships with others.
Communication skills. You likely are an articulate person, and you probably have received positive feedback on your writing ability or your skill speaking to groups. Even if you don't regularly use this skill, you nevertheless have confidence in your communication abilities.
Questioning. While you trust the decisions of your superiors, you feel better when you understand the reasons why certain decisions are made. You aren't comfortable simply accepting things at face value but would rather take time to assess them and offer your own opinions.
I sound pretty good on paper, don't I? All of this makes me think I should start injecting this sort of assessment into my interactions with potential employers. When asked about my working style I could say, "Well, I've been categorized as a "Visionary" thinker, and my working style reflects my way of focusing on the big picture. I can offer you my innovation and my leadership, and energize those around me into working together as a team."
I think it needs polishing. But some of these traits, having been isolated and highlighted, will definitely help me in carving out my system of self-promotion.