Ask a Coach

Q: I don't want to have to keep starting a new search for the same positions every time I go onto USAJobs. What can I do?

A: You are in luck! There are several ways to save searches. First, run a search on USAJobs as usual. Once the search results pop up, look to the left of the page, scroll down past the blue boxes to refine your options, and look to "You can also." Press the button to "Save this Search," log in with your personal information and you'll be taken to an advanced search screen containing all the search terms you entered. Not only can you name your search, you can even arrange to be sent emails on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis whenever a new position opens up per your saved search. If you want to set the search up without running it first, log in to your USAJobs account, go to "Saved Search" on the left of the page and create a new search there with the ability to save it and receive the emails.

Assessments to Help Guide Your Career Search

If you've decided you wanted to explore new career options, both within TSA and elsewhere, but you're uncertain which career fields you'd find interesting or which would utilize your skills and abilities, the TSA Career Coaching Program offers three career skills assessments that will help you to figure out what career fields might be a good fit for you.

You'll first need to contact the Career Coaching Program and be assigned a career coach; once that occurs you will have three different assessments you can choose from – the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; the Skillscan inventory; and the Strong Interest Inventory.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The first assessment offered is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, also known as the MBTI. One of the most well known assessments, it has been used in many different industries to fit employees in positions that are optimal for their personalities. This assessment is based off psychologist and psychotherapist C.G. Jung's theory that there are four psychological types: sensation; intuition; feeling; thinking. The MBTI evaluates your dominant psychological types versus your personality preferences you have stated in the questionnaire and uses that information to suggest career fields that are in line with your personal interests, needs, values and motivations.

Skillscan

The second assessment, Skillscan, identifies your transferable skills in order to target career options that utilize those skills. Transferable, or "soft," skills are not position-specific; they are skills that can be transferred from one position to another. You can develop transferable skills both through your work and through everyday experiences. Transferable skills include things like leadership, adaptability, problem solving and attention to detail. By targeting both the transferable skills you possess and your career preferences, the Skillscan inventory can help you identify careers you might be successful in.

Strong Interest Inventory

The last assessment, the Strong Interest Inventory, is based upon six psychological themes formulated by the psychologist John Holland. These themes are realistic; investigative; artistic; social; enterprising; and conventional. Holland believed that most people can be categorized into these themes and that different job environments can also be divided into these six same themes. What the Inventory does is take in your personality preferences and matches them up with the job environments that fit with those preferences. This will allow you to explore various careers that work well with your personality.

So which ones should you take? It's not necessary to take all of them, but since each assessment gives a unique set of results, it'll be worth your time to take all three to get a well-rounded idea of career fields that will be a good fit for you. You can evaluate all three sets of results and see if they lead you to a career you might like to pursue. Who knows? While you're at it, you might just find out a little more about your personality that you never realized. There might be new options opened to you that you never thought about exploring, and the perfect job might be just around the corner!