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Longer Career Fitness Test
 
  This test is for your personal self-discovery, and the results will be private. Answer the questions carefully, honestly, and quickly by clicking on the checkboxes. Don't get stuck on any one item. Complete the entire questionnaire and then return to difficult items.

Time: 15 Minutes.

 
   
 
  1. Do you keep an ongoing diary of your work accomplishments?   Yes No  
 
  2. Do you have an updated resume?   Yes No  
 
  3. Have you attended a meeting of a professional organization lately?   Yes No  
  Are you a regular member?
  Yes No  
  Have you attended more than 50% of the meetings this year?
  Yes No  
  Have you served on a committee?
  Yes No  
  Have you given a presentation?
  Yes No  
  Have you held an office?
  Yes No  
 
  4. Have you attended a business meeting outside your industry in the last three months?   Yes No  
 
  5. Have you had anything published in a newspaper or professional journal in the last six months?   Yes No  
 
  6. Are you burning out? (Exhausted from overachievement)   Yes No  
 
  7. Are you rusting out? (Trying to do as little as possible)   Yes No  
 
  8. Are you plateaued? (Feeling there's nowhere "up" to go)   Yes No  
 
  9. Does the grass elsewhere look greener?   Yes No  
 
  10. How much energy are you devoting to your present job?    
 
  11. Can you type?   Yes No  
 
  12. Can you operate basic business software like word processing and file management?   Yes No  
 
  13. Do you dress as well as your peers/colleagues?   Yes No  
 
  14. Do the values of your company match your own personal values?   Yes No  
 
  15. Do you have a written list of your personal contact network—with names, addresses, and telephone numbers?   Yes No  
 
  16. Have you bought lunches for two non-company friends this last month?   Yes No  
 
  17. Have you read a book on creativity lately?

Examples:

    A Whack on the Side of the Head
    A Kick in the Seat of the Pants
    Mental Jogging
    Conceptual Blockbusting
  Yes No  
 
  18. Have you had a poor performance evaluation in the last year?   Yes No  
 
  19. How do you get along with your boss?      
 
  20. Have you lost touch with your original dreams and ideals?   Yes No  
 
  21. Do you have a personal mission statement?   Yes No  
 
  22. Do you subscribe to your local business journal or some other business publication?   Yes No  
 
  23. Do you know your market value in dollars?   Yes No  
 
  24. Are you actively seeking a job in another organization?   Yes No  
 
  25. Are you in an ongoing learning program?   Yes No  
 
  26. Are you reading a business-related book now, or taking a business-related course?   Yes No  
 
  27. Are you a "complainer"? Do you talk a lot about what isn't working?   Yes No  
 
  28. Do you hate your job but feel too scared to leave?   Yes No  
 
  29. List the two most important "Likes" about your present job:

a. _______________________________________________

b. _______________________________________________

     
 
  30. List the two most important "Dislikes" about your present job:

a. _______________________________________________

b. _______________________________________________

     
 
  31. Count the number of boxes you've checked "YES" and "NO." In general, answering "YES" is positive for your career, while answering "NO" may be a red flag that your career needs more attention. Take a few moments now to summarize the things you have learned about yourself and the thoughts and feelings this questionnaire has raised:

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