Self Assessment and Why it’s Important

Self-assessment is the first stage and it’s probably the most important stage, Why? Because if you don’t have a path to follow you will probably not find a job in Asheville that you want.  Self-assessment is not a test. It’s not a pass or a fail.  It is the path to learning more about your life values, work-related interests, talents, skills, and personality type.  Your goal should be to find occupations that are suitable based on the results. Once you do this it will guide you to finding the right company to approach.

When you are trying to choose a career path, there are two things you should do that will assist you in making a knowledgeable, decision. First, you must learn about yourself, in other words, self-assess.  Then, you need to explore careers that might be a good fit based on what you have learned about yourself.  Learning about yourself will take a lot more effort, but it will be well worth the time.  You can go online and search for different career options, but if you don’t know who you are and what you love doing then no amount of research on varies careers will help you make an informed decision.

Why Should You Do a Self-Assessment?

If you are like most people, you probably have not even thought about who they are and what you really want in life. You might know what your hobbies are and whether you are or are not a people person.

You probably couldn’t explain fluently what work-related values are important to you and, while you may know some things that you excel at, you may not have a complete list of all your skills and talents. Even if you could provide a complete list of every one of your characteristics, there’s a good chance you don’t know how to use that information to help you find a career that is a good fit.

Let’s help you find a great job in Asheville.  But first – remember this very wise statement:

“Know yourself to improve yourself”  – Auguste Comte

As discussed, you must take into an account an individual’s life values, work-related interests, skills/talents and personality type. These traits make up who you are.  Utilizing a variety of self-assessment tools will help you put together all the pieces of the puzzle and help you evaluate what companies will fit into your life plan.  Let’s look at all the available self-assessment tools:

Life Values:

Life values are made up of Family, Friends, Health & Fitness, Home, Leisure Pursuits, Personal Growth, Public Service, Spirituality, Work Satisfaction

The best way to get personal feedback is to ask your friends and family. Ask them what they think would be the best job for you. Ask the people who know you intimately when you seem the happiest. They may give you some amazing insight and help you decide what direction you should take.

Taking a personal assessment test can help as well. This test will help you gain insight into your personal priorities by establishing which core values are most in need of your attention in your life.  You can take a FREE Life Values test here.

To identify what you’re passionate about, ask and answer these questions:

  1. What do you spend your time doing? What do you read, watch or follow?
  2. If you could take one college level course or program for free on anything, what would it be?
  3. If you could choose to volunteer, where would it be?
  4. What experience in your life can be turned into a “message” for others?
  5. If you knew you couldn’t fail and it would all work out financially and otherwise, what would you try?
  6. What did you like doing as a child?
  7. Is there anyone in your life that is holding you back from pursuing what you want most?

Work-Related Values

Your values are beliefs that are important to you in a work environment. Your work-related values can include having independence, importance, security, interpersonal relationships, serving others, flexible work schedule, and a respectable salary. If you take these things into account when choosing a career, you have a better chance of achieving job satisfaction.

Think about what you enjoy and what you do well.  An example would be, if you love to work out and love that feeling of accomplishment. If all you think about is going to the gym, then why don’t you become a certified personal trainer or even open a boutique gym?  If you love working with your hands and you dig the sense of accomplishment when you create something out of nothing, you may want to research classes on your interest.  Write down your ideas and focus only on the things that you both love and do well at. Then, narrow the list to the top three.  Research how other people make a living doing your top three.  Click here to take a FREE Work-Related Values test.


Ability refers to an individual’s natural talent, learned ability, or capacity to acquire a skill. Examples include verbal or written communication, art, science, graphic art, music, reading comprehension, logic and reasoning and mechanics, to name just a few.

You may have multiple abilities. It is important to keep in mind that having an ability for something, doesn’t mean you will necessarily like doing it. Or you may enjoy doing it, but not for work. That is something to keep in mind when you choose a career.

Personality Type

Your personality type is made up of your motivational drives, social traits, and attitudes. Knowing what your type is can help you choose an occupation because personality types are better suited to certain careers, as well as work environments, then are others.  You can view and take this quick personality test to help you figure out your personality type.

Self assessment is half the battle in finding true happiness in life and it will help you find a job in Asheville that you will truly enjoy.  You will spend at least 60% of your time at work, isn’t a small portion of your time worth it to assess yourself and find that excellent job you deserve?   To quote one of the world’s most famous slogans; “JUST DO IT”.

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