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Understand Your Work Preferences

To find work that’s the best fit for you, you’ll need to understand your work preferences. These preferences will reflect your most important skills, interests, and values.

Think about the paid and unpaid work activities you’ve enjoyed in the past. What was it about these activities that made them satisfying? Those activities can give you clues to your work preferences.

Another way to discover your work preferences is to think about your ideal work situation. If you could imagine your dream job, what would it be like?

Follow these steps to identify your work preferences:

  1. Consider the type of working environment you want.Think about the nature of the work, the hours, location, job security, rate of pay, benefits, size, type of organization, and so on.
  2. Think about the skills you want to use or develop. Consider both your specific skills for work and the skills you can transfer from other parts of your life, such as organization or strength.
  3. Decide what values and interests you want to express through your work. Be aware that some of your values and interests can be expressed in other ways, outside of work.
  4. Identify the opportunities you want. These might include advancing to a more senior position or developing specific skills.

For more information about work preferences, download Advanced Techniques for Work Search and check out the section called “Understanding Your Workplace Preferences.”

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