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Self-Directed Search

The Self-Directed Search has been widely used by over 22 million people worldwide. The SDS has been translated into 25 different languages and has been supported by 500 research studies. There are three versions of the Self-Directed Search

  • Form R
  • Form E,
  • Form Career Explorer

Self Directed Search Form R

Form R

Form R Assessment
  • The Form R Assessment Booklet consists of several sections: Ranking Activities, Competencies, Occupations, Self-Estimates, How To Organize Your Answers, What Your Summary Code Means, Some Next Steps, and Some Useful Books. After answering the questions, individuals derive a 3-letter Summary Code.
  • The 198-item Assessment Booklet is written at a 9th-grade reading level.
  • The Self-Directed Search Assessment Form R has four sections –
    • Activities
    • Competencies
    • Occupations
    • Self-Estimates
  • The results from the four sections are placed on a Counting Sheet.  The Holland Code scores are counted.  The three highest scores are placed in the Summary Code Boxes.
Form R Occupational Finder
  • The Occupational Finder lists over 1,309 occupations, including some requiring postsecondary training.
  • From the SDS Assessment, clients search the Occupational Finder for occupations with matching or similar codes–jobs that will be most satisfying to them.
  • Clients write the job that appeal to them on the What Your Summary Code Means page on the SDS Assessment

Self directed Search Form E

Form E
Form E Assessment
  • The Form E Assessment Booklet includes uncomplicated questions about individuals’ likes and dislikes, their competencies, the jobs they find interesting, and their personal abilities. After answering the questions, individuals derive a 2-letter Summary Code (instead of the usual 3-letter code) using a simplified scoring system.
  • The 198-item Assessment Booklet is written at a 6th-grade reading level.
  • The directions are written at a 4th-grade reading level in larger print for easier reading.
  • The Self-Directed Search Assessment Form E has four sections –
    • Activities
    • Skills
    • Jobs
    • Rating Your Abilities
    • The results from the four sections are placed on a Counting Sheet.  The Holland Code scores are counted.  The two highest scores are placed in the Summary Code Boxes.


Form E Job Finder
  • The Jobs Finder lists over 860 jobs, including some requiring postsecondary training.
  • From the SDS Assessment, clients search the Jobs Finder for jobs with matching or similar codes–jobs that will be most satisfying to them.
  • Clients write the job that appeal to them on the What Your Summary Code Means page on the SDS Assessment

Self Directed Search Career Explorer

Form Career Explorer

Form Career Explorer Exploring Your Future Booklet

The Form Career Explorer Exploring Your Future Booklet

  • Explains the Holland Career Model’s.
  • Explains 6 Holland or RIASEC personality types how to use the Summary codes and scores.
  • Explains how to use the Summary codes and scores.
  • Provides additional resources and activities
Form Career Explorer Assessment
  • The Form Career Explorer Assessment Booklet consists of several sections: Careers I Have Thought About, Activities, Skills, Careers, Rating Your Abilities, Counting Your Answers, What Your Holland Code Means, Duplicate Summary Page. After answering the questions, individuals derive a 2-letter Summary Code.
  • The 198-item Assessment Booklet is written at a 3rdgrade reading level.
  • The Self-Directed Search Assessment Form Career Explorer has four sections –
  • Activities
  • Skills
  • Careers
  • Rating Your Abilities
  • The results from the four sections are placed on a Counting Your Answers Sheet.  The Holland Code scores are counted.  The two highest scores are placed in the Summary Code Boxes.
Form Career Explorer Career Booklet
  • The Career Booklet lists over 400 careers, including some requiring postsecondary training.
  • From the SDS Assessment, clients search the Career Booklet for occupations with matching or similar codes–careers that will be most satisfying to them.
  • Clients write the job that appeal to them on the What Your Summary Code Means page on the SDS Assessment

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Comments on: "Self-Directed Search" (4)

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  2. Terence Chiew said:

    I’ve just completed the SDS Form R and my summary code is EAS. Is there anyway I can search for occupations with it online?

  3. Holland Codes Blog said:

    Terence,You can find information about Holland Codes and Careers at CareerPlanner.com and CareerKey.org.

  4. Terence Chiew said:

    Thanks for the reference. Much appreciated.Cheers!

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