LIB 8 - Information Competency for Job Seekers & CalWORKS Students

Identify Your Skills

Before deciding on an occupation or starting a job search, it is useful to explore your skills and occupational interests. There are a variety of books and web sites to assist you with this task. You may want to start by making use of an online assessment to learn more about your likes, dislikes, and personality traits. Each of these factors will help you decide whether a specific job or career would be a good fit.  The Riley Guide explains the various kinds of assessments available and offers links to a wealth of online assessment tools.

Here are some additional resources:

Web Sites


Bolles, Richard N. What color is your parachute?
HF5382.7. B64 2002

The Internet: a tool for career planning (ordered)

Jansen, Julie. I don't know what I want, but I know it's not this : a step-by-step guide to finding gratifying work.
HF5384 .J36 2003


Download and print the following activity sheet,  then answer each of the questions. The PDF version requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader,, to display and print the handout. The RTF version may be displayed and printed from any word processing program.


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