Self-Assessment: Learn What You’re Worth

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Self-Assessment: Learn What You’re Worth

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A self-assessment can help you determine the self-concept you need to achieve your career goals. The formula is simple: self-knowledge + self-awareness leads to job search success. Follow this guide to learn more about who you are and what you are worth on the job market.

What Is A Self-Assessment and Why Is It Important?

Self-assessment is an efficient technique that helps you become more conscious in your decision-making. It echoes your current self-view by measuring your values, skills, and motivations.

You might already be familiar with self-assessment from school or work. But conducting a jobseeker self-evaluation can deliver surprising insights. During this process, work-related characteristics and competencies may come to the surface which you never thought you possessed. 

The Difference Between a Self Assessment and a Self Evaluation

A self-assessment is a more open-ended analysis. Self-evaluation is more goal-oriented. In a self-evaluation, you’re looking at your performance and how those traits manifest in a real-world context. By this logic, a self-assessment is an early step in self-evaluation, where you assess your own work. The insights you gain about yourself through an assessment helps you see the root of any issues or weaknesses you discover during a self-evaluation.

Are You Ready to Assess Yourself? 

Now that you are equipped with the theoretical background of a self-assessment, it’s time to find out to what extent you truly know yourself. 

Below, you will find a handy self-assessment tool. All you will need to complete this is a pen, paper and some focused time. 

Our goal here is to help you determine your motivations and pinpoint your top work values and skills, as well as learning opportunities. But before you get started, make sure to:

  • Take your time. The self-assessment process can take a while. If you can’t dedicate much time to it now, put it aside and choose another day. As you need to digest a substantial amount of information, we advise you to complete this assessment in multiple sittings.
  • Be honest with yourself.
  • Set up in a calm environment so you can stay focused.

Tip: In case you have no work experience, try to translate all the questions and aspects into another scenario where you had to meet requirements. E.g. as a student or volunteer.

Figure Out Your Work Values

These are the work-related values you appreciate the most. We distinguish two work value categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic values are basically your input – every principle and effort you foster in a work environment. Extrinsic work values, the output, include all the outcomes of your input, and the opportunities a workplace might convey.

Professionals looking at a computer screen at the workplace.


Let’s see your input first. What intrinsic values are important to you? Choose five values from the list below. You can also bring your own. Then answer the questions.

Work morale











Personal conviction

  • ______________ is important to me because…
  • I can bring ____________ to the table because… (give an example. Link it to your work history or other fields that can convert into a professional area)
  • How could my (future) employer benefit from my _______________? 
  • When I live ________________, I act/react…
  • When I live ________________, I feel…
  • Does the world need my _______________…?
  • If there were only one value I could sell, would they pay for my _______________?
  • Does my community recognize _______________?

Now try to think of a situation when you (or somebody else) represented or performed this value. The feelings and thoughts this value generated in you were…

  • Awesome
  • Good but nothing special
  • Neutral
  • Not good at all

If your rate for this value is “neutral,” or “not good at all,” don’t put it on your list. 


Next, throw light upon your output. What extrinsic values are important to you? You can find a few examples on our list below.

Working conditions

Work-life balance



Job security

Social contacts


Financial compensations

Choose five values that are important to you and answer the questions:

  • _______________ is important to me because…
  • I can benefit from _______________ because…
  • Does _______________ add to my professional development to a great extent?
  • How does this value influence your decisions, behavior, or lifestyle?
  • When I encounter/experience/have _______________, does it make a difference?
  • How does my current/last employer represent/deal with ________________? Am/was I satisfied with it?

Now think of a time when this value occurred in your career and try to rate it. Was it…?

  • Outstanding
  • Excellent
  • Average
  • Below average

If you choose average, or below average, don’t put this value on your list. 

Pinpoint Your Skills

You need several abilities to excel in a work environment. The ones you specifically need to do your job right are called work skills.

Skill sets can be divided into many different categories. The three main groups are soft skills, hard skills, and hybrid skills (a combination of hard and soft skills).

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Soft Skills

Soft skills carry your personal traits (e.g. adaptability, integrity). If you want to be competitive in a fast-changing job market, you need them as much as technical skills. 

If you would like to learn more our Workstyle Game assesses your soft skills and helps mobilize the features of your personality type. After getting the results you can’t get anywhere else, you’ll have a large amount of fruitful information which you can exchange into benefits.

Hard Skills

Hard skills, or technical skills, can be developed via educational programs (e.g. Math). You can show them with tangible evidence like certificates or qualifications. So, one may assume hard skills are easier to validate.

Skill Inventory

We have listed various skills for you below. You can use these items, Lensa’s Workstyle Game results, as well as your own elements to build your skill inventory.

If you’re ready, let’s expand your insights into your skills by answering the questions below:

  • What are my strongest skills? 
  • How do I demonstrate them? 
  • Which skill am I the most powerful with? Prioritize your assets.
  • What am I not really good at? 
  • Are these my weaknesses, or simply not my TOP strengths?
  • If these are my weaknesses, are these my obstacles as well?
  • Do I need to develop them? Why?

When you’ve finished this task, you will have a better understanding of your skillset. 

Infographic on skill inventory during self-assessment

Your Motivation

Work-related motivation is the desire that urges you to have a career. Motivation can be measured by your attitude and the intensity and quality of your work.

Investigate what does really interest you with the following questions:

  • What do I love doing? Is it a mission? 
  • Do I enjoy what I’m good at?
  • Is the social status of the job important to me? Why?
  • Is corporate culture important to me? If so, how much and why?
  • Is working on a good team important to me? If so, how much?
  • Is professional development important to me? If so, how much?
  • How does it feel when I get a task which seems to be too hard or too easy?
  • Is having flexible working hours important to me? Or would I prefer a 9-5 job?
  • Is it important for me to have weekends off? Why?
  • Is a high salary important to me? Why?
  • Is having access to a benefits package important to me? Why?

After finishing the list take time to reflect and sort out the ones you think drive you the most. Those will be your motivations.

Read through all you’ve learned and focus on your top assets and priorities. Whether you found anything surprising or not, believe in what you want and what you have. 

The Benefits of Self-Assessment

As you become a confident jobseeker, your ability to stand out from the crowd will increase. By sharing your self-knowledge in your resume, cover letter, portfolio, Linkedin, and everywhere else you need to fill in the “About” box, you will be able to catch the attention of your next employer.

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