Values

Values are the principles or core beliefs that you judge to be the most meaningful or important. In a job-search context, values are the deeply held standards that influence your thinking when you are faced with career decisions. Below you will find two ways to assess your values.

Here is an online values assessment to prioritize your values as they relate to your work preferences.


The following is a list of values. To help you identify your values, circle the ten words that are most important to you.

AccomplishmentExcellencePredictability
AdventureExploringPurpose
Artistic expressionFairnessRecognition
AuthorityFamilyRespect
BalanceFriendshipResponsibility
BelongingFunRisk-taking
ChallengeHealthSecurity
CommunityHelpingService
CompetenceHigh earningsSolitude
CompetitionHumorSpirituality/Faith
ContributingIndependenceStability
ControlInfluenceStatus
CooperationIntegrityStructure
CreativityKnowledgeSuccess
CuriosityLeadershipSurroundings
DiversityLearningTeamwork
Duty/ObligationLoyaltyTime freedom
EffectivenessNatureTrust
ExcitementPowerVariety

Activity: On a separate piece of paper, rank your top ten values in order of importance to you. Remember, the values you choose should reflect your true feelings, not what you think should be important. Once you have compiled your list, write two or three sentences about each value -- what it means to you and how it might be expressed in your work life.