For long term fulfillment at work, personal values and a job need to align. Unfortunately, for many this isn’t the case; it is no surprise that The State of Employee Engagement found, “33% of employees don’t believe their company’s core values align with their personal values,” and Ceridian reported that 37% of employees are on the hunt for a job ‒ either actively or casually.
To find a more meaningful career, it is essential to identify your values before your search for a job begins. If done purposefully from the beginning, chances are you’ll find the best fit.
How To Identify Your Values Before You Hunt For A Job
To start, create a list of core values, such as balance, creativity and teamwork. To narrow down your list, MindTools has a series of questions to ask yourself as well as a useful list of values.
Here are four questions to get started.
What were you doing when you were the happiest in your career and personal life?
What other factors contributed to your happiness?
What need or desire was fulfilled?
How and why did the experience give your life meaning?
Once you’ve created a list, select up to five values that make you feel proud, good about yourself and allow you to approach any situation with integrity and confidence. Keep these values front and center as you begin your hunt for a job.
The Importance of Matched Values As You Search For A Job
Values are what guide us through life, both personally and professionally. They give us a sense of right and wrong and motivate us to set priorities and achieve goals. When there is a gap between the values in our work life and personal life, we lack enthusiasm, are disengaged and become less productive.
Considering the 90,000 hours we spend at work over the course of a lifetime, it is crucial to find a company and position where core values match. To do so builds more meaning in the day-to-day experiences so a successful career can develop.
Enter Your ‘Flow’ State
Have you ever been so involved in a task that time slipped away? Did you enjoy it so much that any extra hours worked didn’t matter? This is what many psychologists refer to as the “flow” state. This state comes from being completely content in the moment and absorbed in a task.
Now that you know your core values and why they are important in your work, the next step is to be proactive about using them as you begin your hunt for a job. To begin, start with a list of potential employers and take the time to investigate their core values and company culture.
As you work your way through the list, note when values either misalign or hit the target. For instance, if you value a work-life balance, find out if the company offers flexible work schedules. If independence is a value, look into the office structure and how tasks are allocated. If you like to learn continually, research the company’s stance on upskilling and professional development.
With this information, you’ll be better equipped to make a thoughtful decision about which companies and positions are best to apply for during your search for a job.
Find Your Hire Purpose
At CorEdge, our financial recruiters take the time to learn about your core values. With that in mind, they match you with an ideal finance or accounting job based on your core characteristics and unique talents. Contact us today to speak directly with one of our recruiting experts and let us help you find your ‘hire purpose.’