Use this Simple Skills Assessment to Identify Your Skills and Abilities

Whether you want to start a home based business or change careers, I highly recommend that you complete a skills assessment.

A skills assessment helps to identify your personal skills, abilities, interests, hobbies, education, and more. Once you identify the skills that make you unique, you can remove anything that you cannot imagine doing daily for work. Once you have your list reduced down to the skills that you would enjoy doing for work, you can match them to existing home based business ideas or come up with new ideas.

Questions to ask yourself to identify your skills and abilities:

  • Are you a self-starter?
  • Are you a procrastinator?
  • Can you work alone?
  • What are your skills, experiences, or other things that you have learned or picked up from past jobs or education?
  • What did you dislike or hate doing at your past jobs or education?
  • What do you truly enjoy doing during your free time? If you are not working, then you are doing these things.

Next Steps…

Identify the skills, experiences, and free-time activities from the questions above that you truly like and could spend every day doing as a job. Cross out the ones that don’t make the cut. This will be your “You” list.

Recommended Book:

Strengths Finder 2.0

If you are having trouble deciding about what you want to do for a career or for life in general, consider purchasing this book.  Every new copy of this book includes access to a skills assessment test that helps you determine your top 5 talents.  I have personally used this book to determine my top 4 talents which were:

  1. Learner (video)
  2. Achiever (video)
  3. Focus (video) & Deliberative  (video)
  4. Relator (video)

I also give copies of this book to friends that are about to graduate from college and need to narrow down their job and career choices.

Image Source: “Datacenter Work” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Leonardo Rizzi

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