assessments are becoming the hottest items in the employee screening process. If you are
looking for a job, you can expect to be tested!
A new program was launched by the Advantage Companies which
helps job seekers prepare for the search by testing themselves through a desktop Internet
connection at www.advantagecareer.com. The Advantage Career Centers Career-Minder
Assessment is inexpensive, easy, even fun and helps job seekers refine their searches to
the areas in which they are most likely to succeed.
"Whether you are looking for your first job
after graduation or making a midlife career change, you can benefit from an analysis
of your core personality traits," explained Chris Smith, president of the Advantage
Companies. "By learning how your personality traits affect your actions and
interactions in the workplace, you can make the choices that will put you on the path to
Choosing the right career path and finding the
right job is as close as your PC, according to Smith. "Learning about yourself gives
direction to your goals," he added. "After you know yourself, you can proceed on
an appropriate course of education or skill training, followed by preparation of a
certifiable resume and broadbased job search."
The Advantage Career Minder assessment, a 48-item
personality inventory, evaluates six core personality traits as highlighting which job
requirements may be the most challenging for your personality type. The results are then
compared with traits frequently found in successful people occupied in 11 job categories:
medical, legal, entrepreneurial, sales, production, counseling, technical, teaching,
management, service and administrative.
"The full report even suggests how to overcome
some of the challenges each job category might pose for you," Smith said.
Advantage also offers a free Career Change
Readiness Assessment. "The readiness assessment helps you see how prepared you are
for a job change," Smith added.
And, because substance abuse is so prevalent in
todays workplace, a Substance Abuse Screening Test allows job seekers to analyze the
attitudes that indicate their level of risk for substance abuse, much as a prospective
Once job seekers know they are on the right path
and that they have accumulated the right education and skill training, the Advantage
Career Center offers certification for their accomplishments.
"The Advantage Certified Employee program
provides documentation that demonstrates your willingness to undergo thorough background
screening, and can give you a substantial edge over other applicants whose background and
personality have never been verified," Smith said.
Advantage Certified employees receive a numbered
certificate that guarantees their education, skills, professional certificates and
licenses and previous employment have already been checked. Through the certificate
number, prospective employers can access a full background check through the Internet.
The Center also provides links to Resume Partners
and Placement Partners who can help job seekers with resume preparation and circulation.
Other delivery options include e-mail, fax, Priority Mail and overseas mail.