Self Assessment

Conducting a self-assessment provides a methodical approach to understanding your unique skills, values and interests and what directions you can take them within Kaiser Permanente. The results of this assessment will provide a lens through which you can evaluate various career paths. Keep these traits in mind as you make decisions to investigate and pursue different job options.

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Professional History and Skills

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  1. Describe your educational background.
    1. All degrees/certifications and licenses
    2. Vocational programs attended
    3. Special training classes
    4. Any self-study completed
    5. Awards
  2. Describe your technical skills. Make a list of:
    1. Computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
    2. Keyboarding, 10 key, cashiering, coding, etc.
    3. Medical terminology
    4. KP systems (e.g. Epic)
  3. Write your job history. List:
    1. Job titles and job departments
    2. Start and ending dates
    3. Names and titles of managers
    4. Key job duties and responsibilities
  4. Identify six accomplishments. List instances where you went above and beyond your job responsibilities to help a member, complete a project, make a special contribution or solve a problem. Think of these accomplishments in terms of PARs (problem, action, result).
    1. The problem/circumstance sets the stage for the accomplishment you are describing
    2. The action is the action you took to address the problem
    3. The result is the resulting solution/benefit of your specific action
  5. What special knowledge/skills have you acquired through working at KP and in the medical field?
  6. What skills have you have you gained through special training and/or mentoring in your career?
  7. What are your natural talents and abilities? Which of those talents and abilities do you prefer to use? What skills would you prefer not to use anymore?
  8. What activities, committees, volunteer experience, assignments or responsibilities outside your regular job duties have you been involved with?
  9. Have you been involved in professional associations? Held a position or contributed to a professional publication?

Personal values and interests

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  1. What are some personal values that drive you in your personal and professional life? Some example values might be: integrity, helping others, community, teamwork, creativity, expertise, etc.
  2. What are the personal priorities influencing your career search ie. work/life balance, schedule, commute, physical requirements, job stability, work environment, colleagues, advancement opportunities and willingness to get more training/education for a new position, etc.
  3. What are you willing/not willing to compromise on in a new position?
  4. A manager can sometimes bring out the best or the worst in us. Describe your ideal manager/management style. Now describe the type of manager/management style you'd like to avoid in the future.
  5. What motivates you to excel?
  6. What aspects of your personality/style have made you successful?
  7. What are your interests/passions?

Transferable Skills

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  1. Place a check next to the skills you possess.
  2. Circle those skills which you enjoy using and would like to use in your career/job.
    1. Verbal Communication
      • Perform and entertain before groups
      • Speak well in public appearances
      • Confront and express opinions without offending
      • Interview people to obtain information
      • Handle complaints ___in person ___over phone
      • Present ideas effectively in speeches or lecture
      • Persuade/influence others to a certain point of view
      • Sell ideas, products or services
      • Debate ideas with others
      • Participate in group discussions and teams
    2. Nonverbal Communication
      • Listen carefully and attentively
      • Convey a positive self image
      • Use body language that makes others comfortable
      • Develop rapport easily with groups of people
      • Establish culture to support learning
      • Express feelings through body language
      • Promote concepts through a variety of media
      • Believe in self worth
      • Respond to non-verbal cues
      • Model behavior or concepts for others
    3. Written Communication
      • Write technical language, reports, manuals
      • Write poetry, fiction plays
      • Write grant proposals
      • Prepare and write logically written reports
      • Write copy for sales and advertising
      • Edit and proofread written material
      • Prepare revisions of written material
      • Utilize all forms of technology for writing
      • Write case studies and treatment plans
      • Demonstrate expertise in grammar and style
    4. Train/Consult
      • Teach, advise, coach, empower
      • Conduct needs assessments
      • Use a variety of media for presentation
      • Develop educational curriculum and materials
      • Create and administer evaluation plan
      • Facilitate a group
      • Explain difficult ideas, complex topics
      • Assess learning styles and respond accordingly
      • Consult and recommend solutions
      • Write well organized and documented reports
    5. Analyze
      • Study data or behavior for meaning and solutions
      • Analyze quantitative, physical and/or scientific data
      • Write analysis of study and research
      • Compare and evaluate information
      • Systematize information and results
      • Apply curiosity
      • Investigate clues
      • Formulate insightful and relevant questions
      • Use technology for statistical analysis
    6. Research
      • Identify appropriate information sources
      • Search written, oral and technological information
      • Interview primary sources
      • Hypothesize and test for results
      • Compile numerical and statistical data
      • Classify and sort information into categories
      • Gather information from a number of sources
      • Patiently search for hard-to-find information
      • Utilize electronic search methods
    7. Plan and Organize
      • Identify and organize tasks or information
      • Coordinate people, activities and details
      • Develop a plan and set objectives
      • Set up and keep time schedules
      • Anticipate problems and respond with solutions
      • Develop realistic goals and action to attain them
      • Arrange correct sequence of information and actions
      • Create guidelines for implementing an action
      • Create efficient systems
      • Follow through, insure completion of a task
    8. Counsel and Serve
      • Counsel, advise, consult, guide others
      • Care for and serve people; rehabilitate, heal
      • Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and patience
      • Help people make their own decisions
      • Help others improve health and welfare
      • Listen empathically and with objectivity
      • Coach, guide, encourage individuals to achieve goals
      • Mediate peace between conflicting parties
      • Knowledge of self-help theories and programs
      • Facilitate self-awareness in others
    9. Interpersonal Relations
      • Convey a sense of humor
      • Anticipate people's needs and reactions
      • Express feelings appropriately
      • Process human interactions, understand others
      • Encourage, empower, advocate for people
      • Create positive, hospitable environment
      • Adjust plans for the unexpected
      • Facilitate conflict management
      • Communicate well with diverse groups
      • Listen carefully to communication
    10. Leadership
      • Envision the future and lead change
      • Establish policy
      • Set goals and determine courses of action
      • Motivate/inspire others to achieve common goals
      • Create innovative solutions to complex problems
      • Communicate well with all levels of the organization
      • Develop and mentor talent
      • Negotiate terms and conditions
      • Take risks, make hard decisions, be decisive
      • Encourage the use of technology at all levels
    11. Management
      • Manage personnel, projects and time
      • Foster a sense of ownership in employees
      • Delegate responsibility and review performance
      • Increase productivity and efficiency to achieve goals
      • Develop and facilitate work teams
      • Provide training for development of staff
      • Adjust plans/procedures for the unexpected
      • Facilitate conflict management
      • Communicate well with diverse groups
      • Utilize technology to facilitate management
    12. Financial
      • Calculate, perform mathematical computations
      • Work with precision with numerical data
      • Keep accurate and complete financial records
      • Perform accounting functions and procedures
      • Compile data and apply statistical analysis
      • Create computer generated charts for presentation
      • Use computer software for records and analysis
      • Forecast, estimate expenses and income
      • Appraise and analyze costs
      • Create and justify organization's budget to others
    13. Administrative
      • Communicate well with key people in organization
      • Identify and purchase necessary resource materials
      • Utilize computer software and equipment
      • Organize, improve, adapt office systems
      • Track progress of projects and troubleshoot
      • Achieve goals within budget and time schedule
      • Assign tasks and sets standards for support staff
      • Hire and supervise temporary personnel as needed
      • Demonstrate flexibility during crisis
      • Oversee communication, email and telephones
    14. Create and Innovate
      • Visualize concepts and results
      • Intuit strategies and solutions
      • Execute color, shape and form
      • Brainstorm and make use of group synergy
      • Communicate with metaphors
      • Invent products through experimentation
      • Express ideas through art form
      • Remember faces, accurate spatial memory
      • Create images through, sketches, sculpture, etc.
      • Utilize computer software for artistic creations
    15. Construct and Operate
      • Assemble and install technical equipment
      • Build a structure, follow proper sequence
      • Understand blueprints and architectural specs
      • Repair machines
      • Analyze and correct plumbing or electrical problems
      • Use tools and machines
      • Master athletic skills
      • Landscape and farm
      • Drive and operate vehicles
      • Use scientific or medical equipment
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