Matching values: 5 tips to find your perfect job

Written by Varouna Baroud on Monday, 31 July 2017. Posted in Career and business

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Ever thought you found the perfect job? Couldn't wait to get started? But six months down the line you sit at your desk wondering what happened. Your boss is micromanaging every bathroom break, your colleagues let you take the blame for their mistakes and your challenging dream job feels suddenly tedious and stressful.

What happened?

When we make a list of what we look for in a job we tend to focus on money, travel distance, fit on skills and promising opportunities. Or, we simply settle for what is available at that moment. But like in a relationship that is not a recipe for success.

But none of those factors are as important for job satisfaction as matching on values.  Values are your core beliefs about the world and interactions with people.  A match on values indicates that you and the company have the same expectations of a healthy, supportive, challenging work environment.

Off course as a job seeker it feels unnatural to refuse a good paying job, only a 5-minute drive from your home. But if your values don’t match, you can end up in an unhealthy organization where you are unhappy, wasting your time and risking your health and mental wellbeing.

So how do you figure out if you and your prospective employer are a likely match?

Here are 5 tips on values when you are applying for a job:


  1. Get clear on your own values

You values tell you what you are really looking for in a job.  You need to figure out what you Core Values are before you can make a well-informed decision for the future.

What values are important to you when working in a team?  What brings your true fulfillment?  What are you allergic to? In what conditions do you thrive?

It is often not your paycheck or the actual tasks that will make you disillusioned with your work.  Write down what made you feel proud and happy at your last jobs.  And what about it didn’t you like at all?

For example:  if freedom is an important value to you, maybe you won’t be happy in a 9-5 job where you have to account for every minute by clocking in. A job where you can divide your own time, can work from home and are responsible for your own projects might be a better fit.  


  1. Do research

Find out what values a prospective employer stands for.  Are their values in alignment with what you believe to be important?

Usually, you find a company’s values in their mission statement. But also look for information on projects they support, training programs etc.

Sometimes working for an organization with a bigger purpose and knowing you are part of something bigger can make up for the job itself doesn’t tick all your boxes.

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  1. Discuss your values during the interview

During an interview, you can stand out by showing that you are clear on your values.

Employers like applicants that have a clear understanding of who they are and what they have to offer. Don’t try to be someone you are not.  Show who you really are as a person.

Tip: Work in some examples that show that you are able to make a moral decision that is a fit with their Core Values.


  1. Ask about the company’s values

Ask what behavior the managers associate with the company’s values and how that shows in the workplace.

Not only will you make an impression by asking about a company’s values, but it is important to assess what the company and the managers are really about as well. 

What are they expecting of you, what kind of behavior is valued? What makes you a meaningful employee in their eyes? Just ask them straight out! By asking smart questions you can figure out if they are really interested in your development and if loyalty goes both ways.

The job interview is your chance to see if they really practice what they preach. If they can’t give you a quick answer on how they practice their values, values are not an important part of their culture.


  1. Ask for a trial day.

If you have the opportunity, ask if you can come in for a trial day.  Most managers will appreciate it when you are willing to show what you are worth. It also provides you with a valuable chance to check if you are really compatible.

Check out the atmosphere and get a feel for the company’s values in the day-to-day work scene.

If you get the chance, talk to other team members.  Explore if you feel a click with the people you will spend 8 hours a day with. Ask them about their experience with the company. What can they tell you about the company culture or their job satisfaction? Are there major things going on in the organization that influence the job satisfaction. You will be quickly able to assess for yourself if this is the right match for you.

Interested in finding out what your Core Values are? Click here to learn how you can find YOUR Core Values!

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