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Match Your Values to the Work You Want to Do
Knowing and clarifying your values will help you prepare for your job search and future work. When you can talk about your values, you can connect with the values of a company you want to work with, and then show the value you bring to the company. In fact, showing your value to a company you work for can also help you keep your job during difficult times.
It is important to be clear about your values
Values can be based on things you own, characteristics, and ways of working that are important to you. If you feel satisfied with your life, you can look at how you spend your time and money to see what is important to you. But if you are less satisfied with your life and work, think about what motivated you to do what you do, and have what you have. It is easy to be influenced by family, beliefs, culture and media to spend your time and money in ways that are not fulfilling. Recognizing influences, choosing which beliefs still work for you, and which ones are no longer useful will help you make meaningful career choices. Life values are what you value in your life generally and work values are the way you like to work.
Life values are the overreaching values that unconsciously direct your decisions and actions. If you are clear on your values, you will make decisions about how to spend your time and money much quicker and easier. Your values drive your goals whether you are conscious of them are not. You will be prepared for job opportunities as they show up if you are clear on your strengths, skills, values, and interests. Your life values will motivate you to recognize and develop your strengths and skills and make time for your interests.
Work values drive the way you want to work and the satisfaction you get from your work. Work values often overlap with life values, but work values are more focused on where, how, and why you want to work at a particular job or company.
It’s shockingly rare to take a break from the daily rat race and reflect on the beliefs and life values we unwittingly allow to determine our happiness. -Mike Bundrant, Life Values Inventory.
There are many things you can do to be employable when the economy is strong or in a downturn. We know that the economy expands and shrinks in cycles. Knowing your values will help you prepare for whatever the world of work brings you.
Employability strategies help weather cycles in the economy
The economy has its ups and downs. Jobs evolve. Some change or disappear. You can prepare for cycles in the world of work with job search strategies like: creating a side business, updating your skills or learning new ones, or building your savings. The strategies you choose, will depend on your values, opportunities, and where you are in your career.
Examples employability strategies based on values
If you value independence, you might want to start a side business for extra cash and a back-up plan for downturns in the economy, if you:
There are universal values that all employers are looking for in employees; like a healthy lifestyle. When you have a smile on your face and that energetic glow on your cheeks that shows you are able and willing to work, an employer is more likely to trust and respect you. Keep in mind, that a business is there to make money and keep itself vibrant to provide the product or service it was built for. If you can match your values to the values of the company, you will find more success for you and the company. If they make money, you get paid.
You will find a longer values list if needed in the article, “What Are Your Values?”, by Mindtools.
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Expand Your Options
You may have been laid off, you may be hoping to go back to your place of business, or you may know that the career you have worked so hard to establish is waning or will soon be obsolete. Whatever your situation, you know that we are going through a major change in the way we work. In fact we have been making this shift for years, it is just happening more quickly now. It may seem sad. It may seem unfair. There are always some people who have more opportunities than others, but chances are you have more options than you realize.
Some things have changed, and some things have not. For years we have known that our career path will not be a straight upward path like a career ladder. In fact, for many it never was. I compare our careers to a Career Hopscotch, where we put different emphasis on family, work, and education at different times in our lives.
When you find the need to change your job or career direction, it is important to ask yourself, “What are you willing to do to get what you want?” After working through these assignments, and examining your career needs and skills, you will be prepared to make decisions about what you want, and you can evaluate the opportunities available to you.
It is important to realize that you are there to help the employer stay in business whether they a for profit or a nonprofit. The alternative is to start your own business and take the risk yourself. You may want to become an entrepreneur even part time, but you will probably still need to be in the job market, at least to start, so use an entrepreneurial mindset to connect with employers and get the job.
There are so many ways to approach the job market, some more obvious than others. Here are two methods we will look at.
Jobs Posted on Job Search Sites
While looking at job search sites you will be looking for the obvious; where everyone else is looking. There is a lot of competition, so you will need to put in the effort to look sharp, look hard, and put in the work. Let’s start by perusing job search websites.
Browse Job Search Sites
Review Companies that are hiring if needed
The types of jobs that are prevalent on job search sites will depend on the world economy, environmental factors, and technological advances. You will see themes in the types of jobs that are prevalent at any given time. Jobs in the fields of health and technology have been prevalent for some time and the demand continues to increase.
The Hidden Job Market
The hidden job market is really not so hidden, but it may not be where you are looking. The hidden job market is in your reputation, your relationships, and your ability to show:
View every business (even your own) as a marketplace for your skills. Notice what you like about your work, and the companies you enjoyed working for. Learn about similar businesses. The hidden job market is the unadvertised jobs. The rest of the assignments for the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club will give you ways to tap into the not so hidden job market.
Basic skills – GCF Learnfree.org
Basic Math, Percent, Fractions
Writing and Business Communication
Vocabulary test – login to track your progress
Alison – Math & Science
iTunes U Classes – iphone & ipad
TedEd – Short learning videos
Coursera - includes free online learning and certificates
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You may comment on your experience with the assignment or your job search experience to inspire others in the group. These assignments are meant to be supportive in nature. This is not Coaching or Counseling. Please send a private comment above if you need assistance beyond the scope of the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club.