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Haas MBA Student

The Online assessment was user-friendly, nicely laid out and an innovative way to think about our skills.

MBA Student, Haas School of Business

I really enjoyed prioritizing my skills and aligning them with career options.

Jane McHale, Career Services

Boston, MA

As a loyal customer of SkillScan for over a decade, I find that the new Advance Pack organizes the skill clusters for greater understanding and connection to competency models and job descriptions. I have already incorporated the new Advance Pack into all my corporate workshops and individual coaching settings. Thank you for the improvements on an already outstanding career tool.

Amy Mazur, Career Development Specialist

Boston, MA

I have used the original SkillScan Professional Pack for many years with many clients, and although I have always felt that the SkillScan was a valuable tool for my clients, I now see even more positive results with the SkillScan Advance Pack. Clients find the tool and the supplementary materials incredibly valuable in clarifying direction and identifying skills that they can use with employers to articulate their marketability. There is also an increase in confidence and preparedness. When working with clients, the SkillScan Advance Pack is my tool of choice.

Margo Gilliland, Career Counselor

Stanford, CA

The new Advance Pack SkillScan is an excellent tool. I have been using it with university students and alumni and have had great feedback. The updated categories make sense to clients and the new cards have a very professional look. I am ordering more to use them in workshops!

Folly Patterson, Associate Director College Career Programs

Wellesley—College Wellesley, MA

I was first introduced to SkillScan (and Lesah in 2002), and discovered both to be irreplaceable resources. I work with students and alumnae, and have found that the SkillScan instrument allows people at any stage of life to identify not only their general skills, but how they fit together as concrete skill sets, and then how to transfer them to possible career paths. Lesah offered unprecedented personal support, as we worked together to see how SkillScan could best be used to meet our specific program's needs. As is true for the second generation of most products, the revisions with the new Advance Pack ensures the terminology and Skill Sets remain relevant to our constantly changing work world, and make the instrument even move comprehensive while being easier to use. Both as a stand-alone assessment tool, or with the resources included in the facilitator's manual that allow it to be used in conjunction with other popular self-assessment tools, SkillScan makes the difference for people planning their options within this skills-based society in which we live.

Kathy Maloney, Career Services Consultant

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachussetts

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), SkillScan has proven to be an extremely valuable and flexible tool in both our corporate initiatives and community service missions.

The SkillScan Advance Pack has been an instrumental tool in the corporate rollout of Career Services at BCBSMA. The initiative grew directly out of our associates asking for enhanced resources and tools to manage their careers, and our foundational workshops incorporate the Advanced Pack card sort as a core activity. To date, over 850 associates and leaders have experienced the tool through the workshops, and it is often mentioned in program evaluations as the highlight learning experience of the sessions.

Recently, we've enhanced our corporate intranet with a Career Site, and we have piloted the SkillScan Advance Pack online version; so far, SkillScan has gotten hundreds of hits.

On another note, SkillScan has proved useful to our company's dedication to its community partnership mission. We've recently used the Advance Pack card sort to help the United Way of Massachusetts Bay identify diverse skill sets amongst Account Executives that can be applied to best use in their fall campaign. Another upcoming application is to use the SkillScan Professional Pack for High School Juniors participating in a scholarship program as part of the Junior Achievement of Eastern Massachusetts.

Lesah Beckhusen has been extremely helpful and supportive of our efforts to expand the application of SkillScan in our Career Services programs and community service initiatives.

Devin Ryder, Senior Consultant for Career Development

Harvard University Center for Workplace Development

We've been using the SkillScan in our workshops for more than a decade to help employees find an easy, fun, and efficient way to identify their skills. The new Advance Pack and (revised Personal Skill Profile) not only looks good but pushes people to think about their skills more deeply. The plentiful supporting materials--including available optional training, a highly user-friendly manual, and a well-done Power Point presentation--are extremely helpful. Users also love the idea that they can go online to work more with the materials at the website, and that they can give the website address to friends and family members who may also need to identify skills but who can't get to a workshop. We particularly like the way this instruments organizes one's thinking about one's major skill areas. Users can then begin to get specific by recalling examples of actual work experiences that support the results of the Scan. We also value the way the SkillScan framework builds the user's skill vocabulary, which can then be used to create more truthful and dynamic resumes and more convincing interviews.

Gina Snyder, Career Counselor

Saint Mary's College of California—Moraga, CA

SkillScan is one of the most useful assessments that we use. It helps build self-esteem by acknowledging that students already have many skills. We use it throughout their career decision making years from choosing a major to getting internships to building a resume and cover letter and in preparing for interviews. I also use SkillScan in teaching high school counselors and college admissions advisors at UC Berkeley Extension. I show them a variety of ways they can use the assessment to help students identify their strengths for building self-knowledge and in targeting appropriate college majors and career options. I love the hands-on, tactile nature of the cards.

Terri Taylor, Career Tayloring

Career Counseling and Consulting Services—Pleasanton, CA

SkillScan has been one of my favorite career assessment instruments for 25 years; it is a timeless tool which clients frequently refer to over time as they focus on marketing their transferable skills throughout their careers. As a career management professional, I have used SkillScan successfully in multiple venues, including colleges and universities, outplacement venues, trainings, and my private career counseling practice to assist a variety of clients and business professionals. The newest version brings back the best of the original, and adds new features which bring a clearer focus to the results - key transferable skills which often lead to significant career insights - for users.

I have found SkillScan to be extremely effective in assisting individuals and groups in identifying, clarifying, and prioritizing work skills and interests. Participants very much enjoy the combination of initial tactile intuitive choices and prioritization followed by the presentation of a focused Skill Profile and Skill Wheel containing transferable skills in helpful cluster patterns. SkillScan is particularly effective because of its User's Manual rich with practical, useful resources. The newly revised manual on CD very conveniently allows for easy downloading of formatted exercise handouts and materials, in addition to original templates.

See what our users are saying...

SkillScan is the best tool on the market to take a close look at the skills you have to offer an employer, your community service, or the skills you take into self-employment. I love that it can be used with other self-assessments to strengthen and enhance your self-knowledge