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Test of Career Marketability for Job-Seekers
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.

 

The more job-seekers strive to improve your marketability and career readiness, the more effective and successful your job search will be. Understanding the key marketing concepts of job-hunting -- including the importance of using career networking techniques to uncover job leads and touting your skills and accomplishments on your resume -- will improve your chances of finding the job of your dreams.

 

Ready to test your career marketability? Take our test and find out where you stand!

 

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Note: Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms mentioned in this quiz by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

Instructions: Answer yes or no to each of the following 25 statements. Record your score as honestly as possible. Use some of the links within the quiz to strengthen your knowledge of key job-search tools and strategies. Enjoy.

 

Part I: Personal and Professional Development

  1. I regularly read key media sources in print and online (including trade journals) to stay abreast of key issues in business and my field of interest.
    Yes
    No

     

  2. I attend seminars and workshops (in person or online) that will add to my knowledge and expertise.
    Yes
    No

     

  3. I belong to at least one professional or industry trade group.
    Yes
    No

     

  4. I have had increasing levels of responsibility, been promoted in the past five years, and seek out new opportunities to showcase my talents.
    Yes
    No

     

  5. I am actively building a professional online identity and career brand.
    Yes
    No

     

Part II: Job-Search Preparation

  1. I have identified my key skills and abilities, as well as my strengths and weaknesses.
    Yes
    No

     

  2. I know proper business etiquette and how to dress professionally.
    Yes
    No

     

  3. I know the key elements of my (the Unique Selling Proposition) that differentiate me from other job applicants.
    Yes
    No

     

  4. I know exactly the kind of job I want next -- or am in the process of determining my next career step.
    Yes
    No

     

  5. I can research companies and industries -- and know how to use the information in all aspects of my job-hunting once I gather it.
    Yes
    No

 

Part III: Career Networking Basics

  1. I understand that the vast number of future job opportunities (job leads) will come from people I know -- people in my network -- rather than any other job-hunting technique.
    Yes
    No

     

  2. I keep in regular contact with colleagues I have worked with (and attended school with) in the past and others I have met through professional and community activities.
    Yes
    No

     

  3. I have several versions of my Elevator Speech prepared so that I am ready for any networking opportunity.
    Yes
    No

     

  4. I attend professional conferences, trade shows, and conventions -- and make contacts with colleagues and leaders in my field during those events.
    Yes
    No

     

  5. I am actively engaged in at least one online networking site (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.).
    Yes
    No

     

Part IV: Cover Letter Essentials

  1. I take advantage of using cover letters -- and when I do, I address all my cover letters to named individuals (hiring managers) when possible and use non-sexist language when I don't.
    Yes
    No

     

  2. I always carefully tell what I can do for the company rather than what the company can do for me.
    Yes
    No

     

  3. I create custom cover letters, tailored to each situation, job, and employer.
    Yes
    No

     

  4. I know how to write a traditional printed cover letter as well as one that is emailed to prospective employers.
    Yes
    No

     

  5. I have eliminated all errors from my cover letters, carefully proofreading and editing them before sending.
    Yes
    No

 

Part V: Resume Necessities

  1. I have a very clear focus to my resume, using either a career/job objective (entry-level job-seekers) or a qualifications summary (and possibly a keywords section).
    Yes
    No

     

  2. I have described at least three key accomplishments (not job duties) -- using action verbs -- for each job I am listing on my resume.
    Yes
    No

     

  3. I have determined my best format (chronological, functional, or chrono-functional), the ideal length, and an attractive design for all my resumes -- printed, online/Web, job boards, and emailed/text versions. (See our Resume FAQ for more details.)
    Yes
    No

     

  4. I update my basic resume regularly, adding new accomplishments, recognition, certifications, or other important information.
    Yes
    No

     

  5. I have eliminated all errors from my resumes, carefully proofreading and editing them before sending.
    Yes
    No

     

      

 

Don't forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.

 


 

Questions about some of the terminology used in this quiz? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

Katharine Hansen, PhD, QuintCareers.com Creative Director Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at kathy(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 

QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


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