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10 Top Career Exploration Tips 2018

for Selecting the Right Career Assessment or Test
Tip 1:  Decide the type of career test that you are interested in!

Are you interested in just a printed or online career test?


After taking the career test will you be satisfied with just a career list, or are you looking for more?

Tip 2: Look at a Career Test Rating Chart!

The Test Rating System is –

UU= somewhat useful    UUU = very useful    UUUU = extremely useful

Tip 3: Complete Career Test Checklist.

Instructions: Use the Career Test Checklist to gather the information about career tests.

Format: (Place an “X” to the right of the format of the test.)

Format answers the question how do you take the career test?

•    Printed:
•    On-line:
•    Download, Other (Please specify:     )

Tip 4: Understand the three career planning steps.

•    Discover who you really are and understand your likes, dislikes, and interests.
•    Match your likes, interests, skills, and personality styles to careers.

Tip 5: Focus on identifying your strengths.

You become aware of, know, and identify your –

•    Holland Vocational interests
•    Abilities
•    Skills
•    Values
•    Occupations
•    College Majors

Tip 6: Build awareness of your Holland Personality Types/Codes.

The Holland Interest Areas or Codes are –

•    Realistic
•    Investigative
•    Artistic
•    Social
•    Enterprising
•    Conventional

Tip 7: Research potential careers!

During Step 2 Educational and Occupational Exploration,

•    Perform career research.
•    Identify potential careers.
•    Begin narrowing career options.

Tip 8: Gather information about training programs and colleges!


In Step 3 College Major Exploration

•    Discover possible college majors or training programs
•    Create strategies to put plans into action

Tip 9: Learn about our best, comprehensive, validated, reliable printed or online tests and tools!

The catalog has information about –

•    Printed career tests
•    Online career tests
•    Other career resources
Tip 10: We have a variety of networks to share career information!

Here are ways to connect and share ideas with us.

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10 Top Tips Adopted by Counseling Professor!

Key for Selecting the Right Career !!!!

Career guidance booklet provides you answers to your questions.

The tips help you find tools to discover your interests, abilities, and skills.

Learn about the careers that match your interests.

Discover the degree programs that are needed to help you reach your goals.

1. Finding the Right Career Test

2. Holland Career Model


Holland Codes matches personality types to jobs and college majors.

3. Holland Career Tests


Here is information about some popular career tests.

4. Detailed Career Test Rating Chart


The Test Rating Chart has the following details –

  • Assessment
  • Format
  • Factors Measured
  • Ease of Use
  • Audience
  • Rating

5. Hollandcodes.com Catalog


The catalog has detailed facts about career tests and other resources.

More Questions!
Get the Career Planning Booklet!

Here are some of the topics from 10 Top Tips Booklet

  1. Follow The Road Map To Career Planning
  2. Recognize Your Interests, Abilities, Talents and Values.
  3. Learn Your Holland Personality Types and Codes.
  4. Explore Careers.
  5. Identify Potential College Majors.
  6. Get The Quick Career Test Facts!
  7. Use Career Test Rating Chart.
  8. Get Detailed Information from the HollandCodes.com Catalog.
  9. Put All of the Facts Together. Use Career Test Checklist.

Discover who you really are and understand your likes, dislikes, and interests. Identify our interests, abilities, and skills.


Read more about 10 Top Tips for Selecting the Right Career !!!!

Looking for more than a career test!

Are you having trouble setting career goals? In searching for the right career, there are so many options and decisions. Hollandcodes.com has the tools that will help you to make the right career decisions.


There are three steps in career planning cycle that will help you achieve your career goals and search for a career.

Step One: Get a Clear Career Goal

The first step in search for a job is setting a career goal.

In order to set a career goal, you have to take inventory of yourself to determine what you can offer an employer.

You need to –

  • Build awareness, knowledge and understanding of our strengths, interests, abilities, and skills
  • List your ambitions, values, education, and experiences
  • Determine your job preferences –job duties, salary, geographic location, and work conditions

Step Two: Explore Career Options

In order to identify potential careers, you may use career exploration and
social media resources to gather the following occupational information –

  • Labor market
  • Work industries
  • Companies, organizations, or agencies
  • Specific careers

Use online career exploration resources to identify potential careers.

Step Three: Overcome Career Roadblocks

When you are trying to reach a career goal, there will always be
obstacles. You solve career problems by completing the following steps –

  • Identify educational and career planning obstacles
  • Create solutions or courses of action
  • Set achievable goals
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Commit to reach our goals

Problem solving should take into consideration personal interests, skills, values, and financial resources. Big problems are broken down into smaller, more
manageable steps. Achievable goals result in the production of new
competencies, attitudes, and solutions.

As an individual, you:

  • Set, formulate, prioritize, and rank goals
  • Clearly state our vocational interests, abilities, and values
  • Derive plans or strategies to implement the solutions
  • Make a commitment to complete the plans
  • Understand decision-making processes
  • Evaluate the primary choice
  • Consider a secondary occupational choice, if necessary

Decision-making processes include:

  • Develop a career plan
  • Identify potential occupations
  • Select appropriate educational programs
  • Figure the costs of educational training
  • Consider the impact of career decisions

Step Four: Execution

You execute your career plans when you use different strategies –

  • Reality testing
  • Social Media
  • Job Search Strategies – Resume Writing and Interview Preparation

Reality Testing

While implementing and, you translate vocational interests, abilities, and
skills into job opportunities. You do reality testing by implementing
the following strategies –

  • Informational interviewing
  • Networking
  • Job shadowing
  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Full-time employment
  • Volunteer work

We have a variety of different topics that we use different career/ academic advising sessions –

  • Selecting Career test
  • Different career tests
  • Other career topics – social media, resume writing and interviewing

Different Career Tests

We offer assistance with interpreting the following tests –

 Get more details about our career and academic coaching

Design Your Career Test!

We developed Build my career test so that you can choose the best FREE career test that suits you.  

  • Find tests that help you tap into your hidden potential
  • Get resources that provide inspiration and motivation to explore your interests
  • Access to tools to identify potential careers and training options.
  • Discover who you really are and understand your likes, dislikes, and interests.
  • Match your likes, interests to careers.
  • Find training programs that are matches to the careers that you are interested.
  • Succeed in planning a career.
  • Explore careers and training options.

Career Decision Making Tools

With Build My Career Test, you will learn about –

  • Self-Analysis, Self Awareness, or Self Assessment
  • Career Exploration Tools
  • College Major/ Training Program Exploration Tools

Each section comes with online resources and supplemental activities.

Awareness, Assessment, and Knowledge section gives you access to different free career tests  –

  • Interest test
  • Transferable Skills test
  • Values test
  • Personality Styles test

You choose which tests that you take.  Then, you use the results to identify potential careers and college majors.  We give information about the best resources that are available.

Career Exploration tools provide the following information –

  • Overview
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Outlook
  • Earning
  • Interest Profile
  • Working Conditions
  • Contact Info
  • Areas of Study

College Exploration resources lists the following facts –

  • Location of School
  • Majors Areas of Study
  • Name of School
  • Size and Cost
  • Region in the USA
  • Type of School

Build My Career Test

Build My Career Test has the following activities –

  1. Identify values, transferable skills, personality traits, and interests
  2. Access FREE career tests
  3. Explore careers
  4. Explore degree/ training programs
  5. Explore colleges
  6. Create a portfolio that summarizes your results
  7. Utilize career planning strategies to create achievable career and academic goals

For more information, go to Hollandcodes.com/buildmycareertest.html

Career Social Media connect on Instagram and Tumblr!

Careerandsocialmedia.com has Instagram and Tumblr channels/ networks that broadcast information about –

  • Career development
  • Social media
  • Job search



Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. (Wikipedia)


Career Social Media has a variety of career, job search, and social media Instagram graphics.

The Omnichannel graphic lists to an interactive image that highlights all of the Career Social Media networks/ channels.

How to Sign Up for Instagram

To Sign-Up for Pinterest, use the Wikihow How to … Instagram articles –


Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website allowing users to post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos to a blogging platform.



Career Social Media introduces different career, job search, and social media Tumblr topics.


On the Archive page, you see thumbnails of all of the Tumblr graphics and posts.

How to Sign Up for Tumblr

To Sign-Up for Tumblr, use the Wikihow How to Tumblr articles –

Follow us on Instagram and Tumblr.

Twitter – A Gold Mine for Job Seekers


Twitter is an information network, an online social networking service, and a microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”.

How to create a Twitter account

Here are links to create Twitter account –

Twitter uses Hashtags.

According to Twitter, “the # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.”

Get detailed information about hashtags at https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309-using-hashtags-on-twitter#

Twitter – Job Advice

Other Twitter Accounts– Job Search

NACE created a Career Counselor’s Guide to Twitter in the job search.

Learn more about the different social media channels or networks.

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