The Online Knowdell™ Motivated Skills Card Sort Will Help You:

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  • Identify skills for your résumé and CV

  • Identify your transferable skills (the skills you can take with you from job to job)

  • Discover which skills you enjoy using the most and are highly proficient at (your motivated skills)

  • Understand which skills you don't enjoy using, even though you are competent at them (your burn out skills)

  • Discover skills you might want to develop

  • Know which skills to leave off of your résumé

Use the Knowdell Motivated Skill Card Sort to discover your strongest skills and the skills you want to use the most. That will point you towards a career that fits you the best.

CareerPlanner offers the online (virtual) version only.
Physical card sorts are sold through a distributor.


Hello Dick Knowdell,

I just wanted to thank you for inventing the skills and values card sorts, and for making the online versions available to us career coaches. I just used both online card sorts with a remote career coaching client who was sending me all sorts of mixed signals.

My client is capable of doing many different types of jobs, and with her multiple degrees and linguistic abilities is also capable of living in any number of countries, which she had done previously. She was torn between the extremes of working for a large corporation in a foreign country, or staying closer to home, opening a coffee shop and taking care of her aging parents.

The Motivated Skills deck showed both of us exactly which skills she preferred using. The values card deck showed that the most important things in her life were family, and work life balance. Achieving a high level position, career success and being a big shot in a corporation were not her values. So, after using the online card sorts, the answer became clear to my client. I didn't have to say anything. Her new career direction was that obvious.

These are amazing tools. Thanks for creating them.

A.G. a career coach in New York


Using the Online Skills Cards is Both Fun and Easy

And it can begin to change your life.

In just 10 to 15 minutes you will have a better picture of your skills and your career direction.

Knowing what your motivated and transferable skills are is one of the four critical pieces to figuring out where and how you can be the most successful and the most fulfilled.

The other three pieces are: your interests, your personality type, and your values.


Dear Mr. Knowdell,

I purchased the online Motivated Skills Card Deck from to help me identify my transferable skills for a new resume I was writing. But then something else happened.

While using the skills deck, I realized that the source of my recent job dissatisfaction was that for the last few years I was not using one of my favorite skills. It was a skill I had always taken for granted because it came so naturally to me. It was a skill I had always been praised for. But now I was not using it and it left a big hole in my career, leaving me feeling empty. Now that I know how important that skill is, I'll make sure the next job I get allows me to use it.

Thanks for helping,

M.R. Los Angeles, searching for a more satisfying job


Available to both Individuals and Career Coaches

The Online Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort is available to both individuals and Career Coaches.

Coaches and those wishing to offer card sorts to their clients or students must set up a "Test Admin" account before making a purchase.

This allows you to administer those card sorts remotely.

Click here to set up your test admin account

Career Coaches can purchase the Motivated Skills Card Sort with volume discounts. Career Coaches will have access to our Test Admin back office where you can administer skills card sorts, value card sorts, career tests, personality tests etc.

Individuals can purchase the Motivated Skills Card Sort for their own personal career exploration and for identifying the skills they should put on their résumé and CV.


Watch this video to see how the Skills Card Sort works

Created by Richard Knowdell, MS, NCC, NCCC, CCMF, the world renown career development expert, the Skills Card Sort is a quick and easy way to identify the motivated skills that are central to personal and career satisfaction and success.

The Motivated Skills Card Sort is a well established, proven tool that has been used by thousands of career seekers around the world. Richard developed it over 35 years ago while providing career counseling services to Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, one of the top research facilities in the USA. He continues to update and perfect the Skills Cards, with this 2012 online version being the most recent.

The actual physical card sort consists of a deck of 50+ cards that you would layout on a table in front of you. Then you would move the cards around and sort them into various stacks. in partnership with Richard Knowdell developed and produced this on-line, virtual Motivated Skills Card Sort.

Pricing for the Online Motivated Skills Card Sort

(Note: These are the online "virtual" card decks - NOT physical card decks - No Shipping Is Needed)

(Each deck can be used only once)

Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort Deck (online version - not the physical decks) - 1 Pak
$ 12.00
Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort Deck (online version - not the physical decks) - 3 Pak
$ 27.00
Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort Deck (online version - not the physical decks) - 10 Pak
$ 85.00
Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort Deck (online version - not the physical decks) - 50 Pak
$ 382.00

If you plan to offer these card sorts to your clients or students,
you must set up a Test Admin account before making your purchase.

For larger volumes with discounts, click here

For the physical card decks click here

About Richard Knowdell

Richard Knowdell has trained thousands of career coaches around the world. Most recently he has been training in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, San Jose CA, and Atlanta GA.

Dick also trains career coaches at US Military bases, where they help returning veterans transition to civilian careers.


He offers two certificates:

  • Job and Career Development Coach
  • Job and Career Transition Coach

For information about Dick Knowdell, or his career coach training and certification sessions, click here



Other online Knowdell Card Sorts

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