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Clarify your personal preferences

Light and easy exercise

Though your profession may not be as an artist, like artists, every worker, given a choice, applies and expresses him or herself through some kind of medium*. =

One way of categorising mediums is as either ideas, things or people.

The following simple exercise might help you identify more closely which category interests you.

  1. Write each of the words in the mediums list below on its own note or card.
  2. If you enjoy a medium that's not included, add it.
  3. Sort the notecards...(continued)

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Richard Bolles's Flower Diagram

What color is your parachute?

The most well-known and regarded job-hunting guide for the past twenty years or more remains Richard Nelson Bolles's book, What Color is Your Parachute? (Ten Speed Press, New York). Along with its accompanying websites, including jobhuntersbible.com, the book is updated at least every year and offers comprehensive but accessible approaches to job hunting and career strategy.

WCIYP is written in a chatty, casual tone, so you don't always get quickly...(continued)

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What about personality testing?

History of tests

The modern history of personal intelligence tests dates back to statistician Francis Galton's now often ridiculed efforts in the 1880s. In the late 1880s and early 1900s, psychologists, Alfred Binet and Thodore Simon developed more convincing IQ testing methods . During World War One, the United States Army became the first large scale user of workplace testing.

While questions remain about the effectiveness and applicability of all such tests, test types have proliferated,...(continued)

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