In this episode, Melanie talks about your core values and how knowing and understanding these guiding beliefs can assist you in your career and job search.
Melanie shares a definition of values and provide examples of how values might impact your decision making. She also walks you through a short exercise to help you identify your values and wraps up with a list of four ways your values can help you with career and job search decisions.
These are the 4 ways your values can have an impact:
Help you identify roles or jobs that will be the most satisfying.
Help you decide which organizations or industries to pursue.
Help you promote yourself during the selection process.
Help you understand why you may be feeling disconnected at work.
Below is a summary of the episode:
[01:51] Melanie begins with a definition of values and how they appear through action.
[02:52] Living to our values can be challenging, but in the long-term living against values can cause dissatisfaction.
[03:35] Using an example, Melanie illustrates how values can conflict and how living out of sync with your values can have a negative impact on your life.
[06:10] Two important take-a-ways. Thinking about and identifying your values is worthwhile and living in accordance with your values can be difficult and takes courage.
[06:45] Don't know your values? Don't worry. Here is a process with some validation exercises to help you figure this out. It all begins with the Identifying Your Values Worksheet which you can find here.
[09:10] There are four key ways that values can have an impact. This is primarily evident through the decisions you make throughout your career or during your job search.
[09:50] Values can help you identify the types of roles and jobs you will find satisfying.
[10:41] Even if you don't know everything about an organization or role, you can take steps to learn more so that you can make a more values based decision.
[10:48] We can't always work in values-aligned roles. Security of home and food may take precedence.
[11:48] I share an example of how my core value Impact, resulted in my changing roles.
[14:11] Values will help you determine which organizations or industries are a better match for you.
[15:15] You can find lots of information about organizations and industries online or through social media. It is also great to ask values related questions during the recruitment and selection processes.
[16:52] The third way values have an impact is as a tool to help you promote yourself during the recruitment and selection process.
[17:39] The fourth and final way values have an impact is by providing clues as to why you might not be happy in your current role. Melanie also talk about how leaders can recognize that a values disconnect could be the reason their employees are not performing at their best.
[22:15] Melanie summarizes the episode. Knowing your values is important for your career satisfaction and long-term happiness.