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What’s your CIQ?

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The more you know about you—your strengths, your values, your skills, your dislikes—the more likely you’ll be happy from 9 to 5. Why? Because you’ll be better at directing energy toward what you like and what you’re good at. If most days you feel like you’re slogging through work, it could be time for a little self-assessment.

A web site called Career-Intelligence (career-intelligence.com) has enough self-assessment tools to fill a handyman’s tool belt. Register and click “Assessment” on the left side of the site to discover your Career Intelligence Quotient (CIQ). You’ll find:

Personality tests. Tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help clear up career quandaries by shedding light on who you really are and what your strengths are. So will quick (free) exercises like the “Personality Worksheet” and the “Quick Color” test.

Interest inventories. Your dream job may be closer than you think. Try these two self-assessment exercises to get the best fit, based on your interests.

Skills work sheet. Now it’s time to figure out what you’re good at. Resourceful? Check. Able to motivate others? Check. Articulate speaker? Not so much.

Inventories using the “Things You Love” exercise will help you determine your values, which is the final piece of your self-exam.

With your newly boosted CIQ, you’ll be sprinting toward 9 to 5 bliss.

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