Now discover your values!

Now that you have a sense of the kinds of values to be aware of as you look for what’s next, you’re probably wondering how to identify what’s really important to you.  So today I bring you a simple quiz!  There are lots of similar quizzes and questionnaires available online, so if this one doesn’t…

Live the good life

Lifestyle values are the ones that often aren’t directly related to the job, but can come about (or not) as a result of the job.  In other words, they’re things like if you live in a big city, the suburbs, or in another country.  Whether you own a home or rent.  If you have time…

Money! And other rewards

External work values, or extrinsic, are the real tangible rewards you get from the job itself: the paycheck, the vacation time, benefits, autonomy, and so forth.  These rewards often include things like the ability to set your own schedule and pay that feels good for what you do, as well as sufficient time away from…

Personal work values

Internal work values, or what we career folks call intrinsic values, are things keep us feeling excited about the work we do, ready to get up and have a go at the day.  Examples include work tasks, who you interact with, and the built-in structure of your day. For example, if you’re happy in your…

Putting your skills to work

Now that you’ve developed a list of some of your skills, let’s put that to work for you.  Looking over your worksheet from Thursday, list at least five skills that you consider your best or favorites to use. Write at least one example of a time you used each skill in a work or volunteer…

Your skills checklist

Even though I’m not a fan of making career decisions based only on skills, it is still important to be able to name your skills, especially when you are changing jobs or careers.  Here’s a starter list of skills to rank from 1-5, with 5 being most important.  Then add a + if you enjoy…

Are you stuck on skills?

Your work skills may be influencing you too much. Have you been looking for work you can do based mostly on your skills?  If so, you’ve run afoul of the Skill Trap!  Skills are important, of course, and many of us are proud of having gained the ones we have, but your career search really…