Employment Readiness Assessments

Unpaid Work Experiences, Volunteering & Internships

This resource does not contain assessments, but instead provides guidelines on the role of volunteer activities, internships, and unpaid work when assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities. This information is based on interpretation of various federal and state requirements. Questions regarding specific situations should be directed to the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and/or the Ohio Department of Labor to ensure compliance with all applicable labor laws and regulations.

This resource was developed by State Employment Leadership Network. Download Unpaid Work Experiences, Volunteering, and Internships (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Photo: A Young man is working with a car wheel assembly.


Photo Career Quiz

Photo Career Quiz is a photo-based assessment that measures career interests in 6 key areas as described by Dr. John Holland: Building, Thinking, Creating, Helping, Persuading, and Organizing. Users will learn their career type, which is based on their highest interest area, as well as their scores in the remaining 5 interest areas. The average time to take the assessment is five minutes.

The Photo Career Quiz is available from Truity Psychometrics LLC in San Francisco, California.


123 Test (Picture-Based Employment Preference)

123 Test is a picture-based career test presents fifteen sets of four pictures that show specific work activities. Students choose one work activity that appeals the most and one that appeals the least. Upon completion (average 5-10 minutes) it will give suggestions for professions based on a characterization of personality in terms of Holland Code personality types to learn what kind of work environments and occupations may suit the student best.

123 test is from 123test, a Netherlands-based company located at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.


Virginia Career VIEW (Students Grade K-8)

Virginia Career VIEW (Vital Information for Education and Work) is a colorful, interactive website that offers student, parent, and professional resources for career exploration, transition assessments, goal setting and more for students Grades K-8. The abundant resources here include places to get ideas on how to incorporate transition planning and awareness and exploration with students as well as numerous paper, web, and game-based assessments and information, including a section on “Unusual Occupations” that includes realistic details on what it takes to be a Video Game Designer, work for NASCAR, Forensic Crime Scene Investigator, etc.

Recognized as the Commonwealth’s Career Information Delivery System for all students in grades K-8 in Virginia, Virginia Career VIEW is located in Virginia Tech as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in the School of Education.


Employability/Life Skills Assessment (ELSA)

The Ohio Employability/Life Skills Assessment (ELSA) is for teachers and parents. It is a frequently-used assessment tool for students whose skills for employment should be measured when developing IEP goals and Transition Plans. This assessment offers both a teacher and parent version.

Employability skills are those personal social behaviors and daily living habits that have been identified by employers and young entry-level workers as essential for obtaining employment and for success in the work place. These are life skills that must be taught with the same rigor as basic skills. The development of such skills is a lifelong process, with performance being relative to a student’s ability and age. Teachers at all age levels have the responsibility to teach employability skills.

This resource is through the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. The age-appropriate forms are in portable document format. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Age-Appropriate Forms


Job Site Analysis Survey

The Job Site Analysis Survey allows teachers, students, parents and employers to evaluate a current or potential job site by its physical demands, social characteristics/atmosphere, environmental characteristics and natural supports. This is a very good tool to use when discussing specific employment possibilities with students.

This survey was developed by the Transition Community Network through the Oregon Department of Education.

Download the Job Site Analysis Survey (DOCX). Microsoft Word files can be accessed through the Microsoft Office program or a free, open source software program like Apache Open Office or LibreOffice.


The Environmental Job Assessment Measure: E-JAM

This is an assessment tool that has been used extensively with adolescents with emotional disturbances or disabilities and those with high-risk behaviors (Bullis & Davis, 1999). E-JAM was designed to assist in determining an employment placement and the support and accommodations that might be needed.

The E-JAM survey allows a teacher to evaluate and document a student’s general work behaviors/attitudes, accommodations/modifications, and supports based on the expected physical, educational, and social demands of the job/workplace location in question. The “additional materials” link provides other transition-based pamphlets and such that could be distributed to the student and/or other involved parties.

This resource was developed by the Transition Coalition.

Download the E-JAM survey (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Additional Materials are also available.


Employment Related Questions

This is a basic introductory survey that can be given to students to help them learn about their current and future employment considerations and goals.

This resource originated from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assessment Center (NSTTAC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Download the Employment Related Question document (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.


Task Analysis for Maintaining Work Area

This is a simple task-analysis chart that may be used to monitor and document a student’s ability to maintain his or her work area and schedule based on seven criteria. This is a good tool to use for documentation purposes when evaluating students who have classroom or school-based jobs.

This resource originated from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assessment Center (NSTTAC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Download the Task Analysis for Maintaining Work Area (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.


Holland Occupational Themes/RIASEC Inventory

The Holland Occupational Themes is a theory of personality that focuses on career and vocational choice. It groups people on the basis of their suitability for six different categories of occupations. The six types yield the RIASEC acronym, by which the theory is also commonly known. The assessment consists of 48 example tasks that you will have to rate by how much you would enjoy performing each on a scale of 1-5 and then allows participants to explore occupations they may enjoy based on their results via O*Net (Occupational Information Network). The assessment will take most five to ten minutes to complete.

This assessment was developed by JIST Publishing.


Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Outlook Handbook can help students find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations across the country by using the “Search Handbook” search box feature in the blue banner at the top right-hand side of the screen.

The handbook is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections.

This page was updated June 26, 2017