Land Your Dream Job by Understanding Career Values

Man jumping in excitement from having landed new job

Jobs are a necessity of life—putting in effort to be afforded the ability to gather resources. It’s as timeless as humanity itself, and even the animal kingdom has to work for their food.

Jobs are an integral part of life yet we too often find ourselves trapped in positions that we aren’t passionate about or working for companies we don’t really support. Diving deep into yourself can help better understand what type of job will help fulfill your own personal needs—becoming much more of a dream job than you’d ever imagined!

Diving Deep

Landing your dream job is mostly about first recognizing what your dream job might entail. Maybe you love competing against others, maybe you are an artist, or maybe you just like to wander around outdoors—these are all valid passions that no one other than you can score.

The trick to finding a dream job is being cognizant of your true passions and being able to identify the opportunity to express them while getting paid for it. To better expand on the path to finding your dream job, consider what The Muse has to say:

What are Career Values?

Career values go beyond the actual work you do—they’re more about what you get out of that work. You might be super interested in what you do and exceptionally skilled at it, but if you need, say, a high level of independence in order to feel satisfied in your work, then the company and manager you work for matters just as much as figuring out what position you’d like to hold.

As you were first job searching , you were probably more focused on matching yourskills and interests to a possible career than you were about values—which is understandable, since most people don’t talk much about them. Luckily, it’s never too late to start thinking about your values.

Clarify Your Career Values

So, how do you go about figuring out what they are? If you’re unhappy with your currently position, thinking about what issues bother you is a good place to start. Does your manager take credit for your work? Or maybe the bureaucracy of working for a large company is starting to get to you. Take those everyday annoyances and jot them down.

Then, consider work-like environments where you were happy. Did you often get to take the lead on projects? Maybe you worked collaboratively with a tight-knit group of co-workers. Or your commute could have been an hour shorter than what it is now. Nothing is off the table. It doesn’t have to be a “noble” value for it to matter to your happiness.

Aside from thinking holistically about your past experience, assessments to help you determine your career values can also be helpful. One free resource is the MyPlan Values Assessment . This card sort does require creating an account, but afterward, you get a ranked list of your most and least important career values out of a few of the most common: achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions. Which can be incredibly insightful.

Continue Reading