Improve Your Effectiveness in Your Job Search:
A Questionnaire

By completing the following "job search competencies" questionnaire, you can determine which areas you are strong or weak in.

Instructions: Respond to each statement by indicating which number beneath the statement best represents your situation.

1 = Strongly agree
2 = agree
3 = maybe, not sure
4 = disagree
5 = strongly disagree

  1. I know what motivates me to excel at work.

    1 2 3 4 5

  2. I can identify my strongest abilities and skills.

    1 2 3 4 5

  3. I can identify at least 7 major achievements that indicate a pattern of interests and abilities that are relevant to my job and career.

    1 2 3 4 5

  4. I know what I both like and dislike in work.

    1 2 3 4 5

  5. I know what I want to do during the next 10 years.

    1 2 3 4 5

  6. I have a well-defined career objective that focuses my job search on particular organizations and employers.

    1 2 3 4 5

  7. I know what skills I can offer employers in different occupations.

    1 2 3 4 5

  8. I know what skills employers most want.

    1 2 3 4 5

  9. I can clearly explain to employers what I do well and enjoy doing.

    1 2 3 4 5

  10. I can explain why employers should hire me.

    1 2 3 4 5

  11. I have the support of my family in this career change.

    1 2 3 4 5

  12. I can find 10 to 20 hours a week to conduct a part-time job search.

    1 2 3 4 5

  13. I have the financial ability to sustain a 3- to 6-month job search.

    1 2 3 4 5

  14. I can conduct library, Internet, and interview research on different occupations, employers, organizations, and communities.

    1 2 3 4 5

  15. I know how to best use the Internet in conducting an effective job search.

    1 2 3 4 5

  16. I know which websites are most useful for helping transitioning military personnel find new employment.

    1 2 3 4 5

  17. I can write different types of effective resumes and job search/thank-you letters.

    1 2 3 4 5

  18. I can produce and distribute resumes and letters to the right people.

    1 2 3 4 5

  19. I can list my accomplishments in action terms.

    1 2 3 4 5

  20. I can identify and target employers with whom I want to interview.

    1 2 3 4 5

  21. I'm prepared to fully participate in job fairs and hiring conferences for transitioning military personnel.

    1 2 3 4 5

  22. I can develop a job referral network.

    1 2 3 4 5

  23. I can persuade others to join in forming a job search support group.

    1 2 3 4 5

  24. I can prospect for job leads.

    1 2 3 4 5

  25. I can use the telephone to develop prospects and get referrals and interviews.

    1 2 3 4 5

  26. I can plan and implement an effective direct-mail job search campaign.

    1 2 3 4 5

  27. I can generate one job interview for every 19 job search contacts I make.

    1 2 3 4 5

  28. I can follow up on job interviews.

    1 2 3 4 5

  29. I can negotiate a salary 10-20 percent above what an employer initially offers.

    1 2 3 4 5

  30. I can persuade an employer to negotiate my salary after 6 months on the job.

    1 2 3 4 5

  31. I can create a position for myself in a company.

    1 2 3 4 5

____________________________________ TOTAL:______

Add up the numbers you circled. If your total is more than 80, you need to work on developing your job search skills. If your score is under 50 and it accurately reflects your situation, you may be well on your way to job search success.

SOURCE: Adapted from Carl S. Savino, Major USAR (Ret.), and Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., Military-to-Civilian Resumes and Letters (3rd Edition) (Impact Publications, 2007), pages 10-12. All rights reserved.