Evaluating Your Priorities
Finding What's Important To You
The following exercise involves choosing the life and work values that you consider to be most relevant to your actual needs. We recommend that you print out this page and underline the values that are most important to you.
Choose what is most important to you?
- Pleasant surroundings/office space
- Opportunity for advancement/mobility
- Salary (current or future)
- Appeal of city or town
- Benefit package:
- Health/Life insurance
- Commuting time
- Tuition assistance
- Proximity to family
- Cost of living
- Job security
- Opportunity to work in teams
- Job status
- Opportunity to work with new people
- Company image
- Positive relationship with co-workers
- Company ethics
- Size of organization
- Industry growth
- Flexible work hours
- Work that helps others/society
- Overtime vs. no overtime
- Variety in work
- Learning potential
- Maintaining close friendships
- Skill transferability
- Making new friends
- Significant responsibility
- Positive relationship with supervisor
- Significant other's career
- Opportunity to supervise others
- Local arts, entertainment, cultural activities
- Level of pressure on the job
- Participation in organized sports
List your five most important values (in no particular order).
Rank the five in order of importance.
NOTE: If you find this task difficult, write each value on a separate piece of paper. Of the five listed values, discard the least important one. Complete this task until there is only one piece of paper left. That should be the value that you consider to be most important.
Ask will the job(s) you've been offered meet these high priority needs?
NOTE: If you have received more than one offer that meets your needs, you may need to evaluate the offers more closely using the Comparing Offers exercise.