Has it been years since you received a raise or promotion? You may be unaware of your own worth on the job.
This quiz is designed to help you evaluate your worth at work and -- perhaps -- to inspire you to set your sights higher.
1. In the last five years how many times have you asked for a raise?
a. My employer may have offered me one, but I did not ask.
b. I am always trying to get raises and promotions because my work is good.
c. Since my union makes sure I get raises, I never negotiate for bonuses, merit increases or promotions.
d. Even if I deserve a raise, I am too timid to ask for one.
e. Since I only do what I have to at work, I really don't deserve a raise.
2. In the last five years how many times have you received a raise?
d. three to four
e. five or more
3. Over the last five years how much did your raises total?
e. $5,000 or more
4. What are your chances of getting a raise within the next year?
b. very good
5. Next year what are your chances of asking for a raise?
d. very good.
6. In the last five years how many times have you asked for a promotion?
a. If my employer did not offer, I did not bother.
b. Since I do good work, I am always in a good position to be offered or to ask for a promotion.
c. No one gets promoted at my job, so I don't even try.
d. Even if I deserve a promotion, I'm too timid to ask for one.
e. I have asked for a promotion or was approached by my boss for one, but hiring freezes and company layoffs have blocked my success.
7. In the last five years how many promotions have you received?
c. one, substantial both in salary and position.
d. two, at least one of which was substantial in salary and position.
e. three or more.
8. What did your promotions offer you?
a. just a little with little or no financial rewards.
b. Little or no financial rewards but a chance to move up in the company.
c. Financial as well as professional rewards. I see myself moving up in the company.
d. No promotions were offered, and I never asked to be moved up.
e. A chance to do more work, get the same pay and stagnate for the next five years.
9. How would you rate your chances for getting a promotion in the next year?
b. very good.
10. If you were your boss, how would you rate your work?
b. very good.
11. How would you describe your evaluations at work?
b. very good.
12. How would you describe yourself at work?
a. I'm a procrastinator. I never manage to complete my work on time.
b. I find as many excuses as I can to get out of doing work.
c. I'm bored, but I'm too lazy to look for another job.
d. I'm bored, but find things to do that will ultimately make my work record look impressive.
e. I love my job and am constantly trying to better my position.
13. How do you view your strengths at work?
a. What strengths? I'm mediocre.
b. I have clearly analyzed my strengths and can discuss them with my present boss or future employer.
c. I think I know what my strengths are, but I'm not sure.
d. I never really thought about strengths in relationship to work, but I am convinced mine are limited.
e. I have clearly analyzed my strengths and will devise a plan and strategy to help them benefit me at work.
14. How do you view your weaknesses at work?
a. I have clearly analyzed my weaknesses and have genuinely worked to improve them.
b. I have analyzed my weaknesses and am beginning to work toward improving them.
c. I have no weaknesses that I can think of.
d. I have weaknesses, but I refuse to do anything about them.
e. I have weaknesses but they are not clearly defined or written down. I'll work until my boss brings them to my attention.
15. In the past five years how many times have you initiated job-related acts (extra work)?
e. five or more.
16. If you were your boss, how would you rate your self-initiated projects?
b. very good.
17. How would you grade your self-initiated projects?
b. very good.
18. Which best describes how you feel about your job?
a. Love it, but I'll never get anywhere as long as I remain in it.
b. Love it, but I haven't had a raise or promotion in four or more years.
c. It's completely boring, but I'm too afraid to leave. After all, who would want me?
d. I find it interesting, have had some promotions and raises, but the job is just not applicable to my education and past work experience.
e. I love my job, find it interesting and am moving up in the company at the right pace and salary rate.
19. Is your job related to your education and past work experience?
a. No! I'm underemployed!
b. My qualifications are perfect for the job. Yet I work far beyond my job description duties and am not paid or recognized for this extra service.
c. According to my background, I'm in the right field, but I'd rather not be.
d. I am in a job I love, a field where there is growth and expansion, and I am positioning myself to advancement.
e. I am in the right job and field, and if I push harder, I can expect additional opportunities.
20. How would you describe your attitude toward work?
a. Highly motivated and ambitious. I'm always trying to improve my work life.
b. I seldom think about promotions, raises and my career.
c. I think about promotions, raises and my career, but in order to advance I have to leave my present job. I'm too afraid to do that!
d. I don't deserve a better job, higher salary or promotion because I feel worthless.
e. I have tried to work toward a better salary, job and a better life, and in the near future I will realize these goals.
21. When you made career goals last year, how many did you realize?
a. I did not make any career goals last year.
b. I forgot about the goals I did set.
c. I set some goals, started to work toward them but became involved in other projects.
d. I developed goals and am presently working toward completing them.
e. I realized all my career goals.
22. How many career goals can you set for the coming year? (List them on a separate sheet of paper.)
e. one. Scoring
Look up the value of each answer below, then add up your score.
1. a-3, b-5, c-4, d-2, e-1.
2. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4, e-5.
3. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4, e-5.
4. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
5. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4, e-5.
6. a-3, b-5, c-1, d-2, e-4.
7. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4, e-5.
8. a-3, b-4, c-5, d-1, e-2.
9. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
10. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
11. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
12. a-2, b-1, c-3, d-4, e-5.
13. a-1, b-5, c-3, d-2, e-4.
14. a-5, b-4, c-2, d-1, e-3.
15. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4, e-5.
16. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
17. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
18. a-3, b-2, c-1, d-4, e-5.
19. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-5, e-4.
20. a-5, b-3, c-2, d-1, e-4.
21. a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4, e-5.
22. a-5, b-4, c-3, d-2, e-1.
82 points or more -- Welcome to the upwardly mobile group of workers. You are career-oriented and ambitious.
68-81 points -- You're on the right track. Better job opportunities probably await you.
57-67 points -- You're very middle of the road. Analyze your situation and decide where you would like to be in the next 5 to 10 years.
47-56 points -- Because you cling to security and don't take risks, you feel trapped in an unsatisfying job.
46 points or less -- A job is just a job to you, and you couldn't care less about working toward promotions, raises or bonuses. If you want to be compensated, you'll have to improve your attitude toward work.