Self Directed Search Versions

The Self Directed Search (one of the most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world has the following assessments and Finders -

  • Form R - Adults and College Students
  • Form R with Career Decision Making Course
  • SDS Form R Internet Version
  • SDS Form R Mobile Version
  • Form E - Easy to Read for adults and high school students
  • Form Career Explorer (CE) - Middle school students
  • Bulk Orders

SDS Assessment & Finder Form R

PRINTED or INTERNET Versions

The Self-Directed Search Assessment is easy to use - Complete the career assessment in 30 minutes.

The NEW fifth edition of the SDS is designed to help clients learn about themselves and their career options. Whether they are college students choosing a major, veterans entering the civilian job market, or adults pursuing a career change, clients can use the SDS to learn more about occupations that match their interests, abilities, and personalities.

Like its predecessors, the SDS 5th Edition is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known collectively as the Holland RIASEC model.

The SDS asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, and level of interest in different occupations. From the responses, the SDS generates a three-letter Summary Code, which can be used to help the individual find his or her educational and occupational matches.

This easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration tool asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates. The resulting three-letter Summary Code, which designates the three personality types an individual most closely resembles, can then be used to help the individual find his or her occupational match.

Features and benefits

  • Applies to all stages of life. The components of the SDS 5th Edition can be used together for educational planning and career development, as well as leisure and retirement planning.
  • Includes brand-new normative data. Normative data were derived from a nationally representative sample of 1,739 students and adults.
  • Is well studied and psychometrically sound. The SDS is one of the most thoroughly studied career assessment tools: the SDS results has been used in more than 1,500 studies.
  • Sets the standard for career assessment. Used by more than 35 million people worldwide, the SDS was originally written by John Holland, the creator of the popular RIASEC theory of vocational personality.
  • Uses a continually updated occupations resource. SDS Summary Codes are linked to occupations found in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database, a major occupational site used by consumers and professionals.
  • The New! The Occupations Finder-Revised Edition has a list of 1,309 occupations matched to Holland Codes.

Price: $12.00/ Form R Assessment & New Revised, Updated Finder PRINTED Version


Buy Assessments or Finders

Price: $5.00/ Form R Assessment & $7.00/ New Revised Updated Finder PRINTED Version

Order Form R Assessments - Cost $5


Order Form R Finders - Cost $7


Self Directed Search Form R Veterans and Military Occupations Finders

Designed specifically to help veterans transition to civilian life, the Veterans and Military Occupations Finder works in conjunction with the SDS Form R 5th Edition Assessment Booklet to help match an individuals Summary Code to both military and civilian positions.

Two indexes link military occupations to civilian occupations

  • The Military Occupations Index lists current Military Occupational Classifications (MOCs) from each of the five branches of military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.
    Each MOC includes a corresponding two-letter Holland Occupational Code (HOC).
  • The Military to Civilian Occupations Crosswalk Index lists MOCs from each of the five branches along with corresponding civilian occupations and two-letter HOCs.

Using these two indexes, users can locate HOCs for military occupations and their corresponding civilian occupations. This allows users to better understand how they might apply the skills and abilities that they developed in the military to civilian occupations with similar requirements.

Order Form R Finders - Cost $7

New Improved Self Directed Search Form R INTERNET Version for adults and college students

With each purchase, the user receives by e-mail an identification number and password to generate a confidential, eight-to-twelve page interpretive report including information about occupations matched to Holland Codes.

Why the new SDS 5th Edition?

Here are the features for the New SDS 5th Edition -

  • O*NET database integration —SDS results are linked to thousands of current occupations.
  • A redesigned report provides an “at-a-glance” summary of occupations, aspirations, leisure activities, and more.
  • Users can share their SDS results on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • Device friendly, the SDS now works on your mobile device or tablet!

Regular Price $15, Sale Price: $12.00/ Form R INTERNET Version with Resource Center Membership

Please Note: Customer will receive User ID number and assigned password by the NEXT BUSINESS DAY.


New Improved Self Directed Search Form R Mobile Version

With each purchase, the user receives by e-mail an identification number and password to generate a confidential, eight-to-twelve page interpretive report including information about occupations matched to Holland Codes.

Why the new SDS 5th Edition?

Here are the features for the New SDS 5th Edition -

  • O*NET database integration—SDS results are linked to thousands of current occupations.
  • A redesigned report provides an “at-a-glance” summary of occupations, aspirations, leisure activities, and more.
  • Users can share their SDS results on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • Device friendly, the SDS now works on your mobile device or tablet!

Regular Price $15, Sale Price: $12.00/ Form R Mobile Version with Resource Center Membership

Please Note: Customer will receive User ID number and assigned password by the NEXT BUSINESS DAY.


Career Decision Making Tools

The Career Decision Making Tools is a step-by-step guide to explore careers and college majors.

Use the course to pinpoint -

  • Interests
  • Abilities
  • Skills
  • Talents
  • Values
  • Discover who you really are and understand your likes, dislikes, and interests.
  • Match your likes, skills, and personality styles to careers.
  • Find training programs that are a match to the careers that they are interested
  • Succeed in planning a career.

This Career Decision Making Course will motivate you as you explore careers and college majors.

The Career Decision Making Course has 2 sections -

  • Awareness, Assessment, and knowledge Guide
  • Guide to Career exploration and Planning

Awareness, Assessment, and Knowledge Parent, Teacher, and Adult Guide outlines the process of selecting a career assessment.  The selection process includes –

  • Introduction to Career Planning
  • Steps to Self Awareness
  • Tools To Assess Self Awareness
  • Selection of a Career Assessment or Test
  • Career Test Checklist 
  • Features Of Career Self Assessments Tests

The Guide to Career Exploration and Planning is for teens or adults who need a manual that will guide them through the steps of career planning process.     

The topics included in the Guide are -

  • Career Planning Map
  • Self-Analysis, Self Awareness, or Self Assessment
  • Career Exploration Tools
  • College Major Exploration Tools

Career exploration tools provide the following information -

  • Overview
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Outlook
  • Earning
  • Interest Profile
  • Working Conditions
  • Contact Info
  • Areas of Study

College exploration resources list the following facts -

  • Location of School
  • Majors Areas of Study
  • Name of School
  • Size and Cost
  • Region in the USA
  • Type of School

Price: $22/ Form R Assessment & New Revised, Updated Finder PRINTED Version with the Career Decision Making Course


Price: $17/ Form R Internet Version with the Career Decision Making Course


Price: $17/ Form R Mobile Version with the Career Decision Making Course


SDS Assessment & Finder Form E

For adults and high school students who have not attended college

The Self-Directed Search Assessment Form E and Job Finder is for clients who have limited reading skills. The reading level is 4th to 6th grade levels.-

The Form E Assessment Booklet is written at a 6th grade reading level.

The directions are written at a 4th-grade reading level in larger print for easier reading.

The Form E Jobs Finder lists over 860 jobs, including some requiring post-secondary training.

Price: $12.00/ Form E Assessment & Finder


Buy Form E Assessments or Finders

Price: $6.00/ Form E Assessment & Finder PRINTED Version

Order Form E Assessments


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Self Directed Search Assessment & Finder Form R (Spanish)

The Self-Directed Search Assessment (Spanish) is easy to use - Complete the career assessment in 30 minutes.

The Self Directed Search Form R Occupations Finder has a list of 1,309 occupations matched to Holland Codes.

Bulk Order only: 25 Assessments and Finders Form R (Spanish)

Cost: $228.50



SDS Assessment & Finder Form Career Explorer (CE)

For middle school students

The Self Directed Search Career Explorer (SDS CE) Assessments and Career Booklets are for clients, students, and children who have a reading level of 3rd grade.

The Career Booklet lists over 400 careers, including some requiring postsecondary training.

With the purchase of any assessment, you get FREE Holland Code Resources.

Price: $15.00/ Form Career Explorer Assessment & Booklet



Bulk Self Directed Search Orders

Holland Codes.com currently sells the following Holland Codes Bulk Products:

Self-Directed Search Form R - Bulk Assessments and Finders

Self-Directed Search Form E - Bulk Assessments and Finders

Self-Directed Search Form Career Explorer - Bulk Assessments and Finders

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