Career Development Investment Appraisal™
How Comprehensive Is Your Career Development Strategy?

Developing an effective career development strategy requires a good understanding of how to invest your time and resources in the activities that comprise that strategy. CraftMASTERED’s Career Development Investment Appraisal™ (CDIA) is designed to increase your awareness of the scope of investment you are making in your career development and help you understand where your efforts might need a boost.

In taking the assessment, consider the career path that is of interest to you currently. For example, if you are a student who has not yet started your career or a professional with a current career but interested in changing careers, take the assessment from the perspective of the career path of interest. Review the assessment questions and select the response that best applies to you. There are no wrong responses. The quality of your personal appraisal and resulting recommendations depend on the accuracy of your responses, so do your best to be as accurate as possible.

Your personal CDIA results will be emailed to you along with recommendations for improving your career development strategy based on your results.

Please Note: This assessment should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and should be completed in one sitting. If you exit the site prior to submitting your assessment your answers will not be saved.
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1. How would you describe your current career stage? *
2. If you are currently employed, please select the option that best describes the size of your organization. *
3. Please select the option that includes your age below *
4. What is your current occupation or occupation of interest? *
If Other - Please Specify
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5. At various stages in their careers most people experience feelings of satisfaction, dissatisfaction and everything in between with their careers. On a scale of 1 (could not be more dissatisfied) to 10 (I have found my calling and hope to be doing what I’m doing currently for the rest of my career), how would you rate your satisfaction with your career? *
Could not be more dissatisfied
I have found my calling
6. Have you ever completed any assessments aimed at helping you understand, your abilities, how you interact or work with others, how you solve problems or provided insights on your personality (e.g. Myers-Briggs, DiSC, CliftonStrengths Assessment)? *
7. Which assessment did you complete? Select all that apply. *
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8. People have differing views on the importance of psychometric assessments in career management. On a scale of 1 (I don’t believe these assessments have any bearing on career success) to 10 (I think they are crucial), how important do you believe these assessments are or could be to your career planning? *
I don't believe these assessments have any bearing on career success
I think they are crucial
9. How often do you take some time to think about the kinds of challenges or problems you like to work on in a professional setting? *
10. What are the challenges or problems you feel most drawn towards solving? List the 5 you are most passionate about below. If you cannot think of 5, list however many you can think of below. *
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11. How many of these challenges or problems do you get to work on in your current profession? *
12. How often do you survey the profiles/resumes/experiences of professionals with career paths of interest to you (for example on LinkedIn)? *
13. How often do you review job listings (e.g. on LinkedIn, Indeed or Glassdoor) to gauge potential career directions? *
14. How often do you review company information for an organization that is aligned with a career path of interest to you? *
15. How often do you conduct informational interviews with others working at organizations or in roles aligned with a career path of interest to you? *
16. What is your education level? *
17. How would you rate your level of education in terms of what is required to be competitive for a career path of interest to you? *
18. How often do you look at job postings to discover the skills you need for a career path of interest to you? *
19. How long during the past year were you enrolled in course work to develop skills needed for a career path of interest to you? *
20. How many times over the past 5 years did you attend a conference or workshop where you were exposed to content that contributed to knowledge or the development of skills that you believe are important for your career advancement (continuing education units or credits can be considered)? *
21. How often do you visit your online professional social network of choice (e.g. LinkedIn)? *
22. How many connections do you have on your online professional social network of choice (e.g LinkedIn)? *
23. What percentage of your connections on your online professional social network of choice are in your area of career interest? *
24. How many of your connections on your online professional social network of choice do you believe will invest their time to assist you with your most important career goals (for example help you with your job search, recommend you for a position, or help you set up an informational interview)? *
25. How many of your connections from “24” above are in an industry of interest to you? *
26. How many of your off-line professional connections do you believe will invest their time to assist you with your most important career goals (for example help you with your job search, recommend you for a position, or help you set up an informational interview)? *
27. How many of your connections from “26” above are in an industry of interest to you? *
28. How many of your connections from “24” and “26” above work at organizations you might be interested in working for should you need to find a new position within 3 months? *
29. While most professionals increase the knowledge they can call on in their respective fields through experience and training, many rarely revisit the fundamentals of their respective fields. How often do you review key theories or fundamentals of your field? (Note: these are the key pieces of knowledge that every practitioner in your field has been exposed to at some point) *
30. How often do you read articles to keep up with developments in your field? (Note: please include continuing education credit activities if applicable) *
31. A career value thesis (CVT™) statement is a concise narrative of no longer than 2 to 3 pages used to facilitate one’s ability to describe how they can uniquely create or add value as an employee. The statement should reflect a good understanding of one’s personality, values, strengths, problem solving styles, educational or training background, relationships, skills and domain expertise. Have you written a statement that can be considered a CVT statement? *
32. How well do you think you can you integrate “29” and “30” above and apply the concepts to show how you might uniquely add value to an organization in a job interview type situation? *
33. Over the last 5 years, I have given organization-wide presentations that expose the rest of the organization to my work and/or capabilities. *
34. Over the last 5 years I have given presentations at industry-wide conferences such as at an industry or professional development conference (e.g. a presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Social Workers). *
35. Over the last 5 years, I have written articles for a publication associated with my industry or a professional development organization I am affiliated with. *
36. Over the last 5 years, I have written articles on LinkedIn or Medium related to my profession or expertise. *
37. When was the last time you updated your resume? *
38. When was the last time you received feedback on your resume by someone who is not a family member? *
39. Does your resume reflect the most current best practices on the most effective way to compose a resume for someone in your field and with your level of experience? *
40. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? *
41. When was the last time you received feedback on your LinkedIn profile by someone who was not a family member? *
42. Does your LinkedIn profile reflect the most current best practices on the most effective way to compose your LinkedIn profile? *
43. An elevator pitch within a career development context is a short concise and rehearsed statement about how an individual is positioned to uniquely create/add value to an employer. As the name suggests, the elevator pitch must be short enough to be delivered to someone sharing an elevator ride with you. Have you prepared an individual elevator pitch? *
44. A stock cover letter is a document that you’ve prepared that contains the essence of how you could uniquely add value to an organization or in a professional setting. It is written with the goal of introducing yourself to a potential recruiter or hiring manager. The stock cover letter serves as a starting point, which is typically customized for a particular employer when preparing a cover letter that will accompany a resume. When was the last time you prepared a stock cover letter? *
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