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Work Values Inventory
Many values exist which may be fulfilled through work and others through our personal life. Rate each of the values on the following list, using this scale: 1 - unimportant, 2 - important, or 3 - very important

Also differentiate which are important to do in your occupation by selecting and "O", or which can be met in your personal life by selecting a "P" next to the rating. You may choose, P, O, Both or None.

Adventure: Have work duties which involve frequent risk-taking.
Aesthetics: Study or appreciate the beauty of things, ideas, etc.
Affiliation: Be recognized as a member of a particular organization.
Artistic Creativity: Engage in creative work in any of several art forms.
Change and Variety: Responsibilities which frequently change
in their content and setting.
Community: Live in a town or city where I can get involved in
community affairs.
Competition: Ply my abilities against others where there are clear win/lose outcomes.
Creativity (general): Create new ideas, programs, organizational
structures, or anything else not following a format previously developed
by others.
Excitement: Experience a high degree or (of frequent) excitement in
the course of my work.
Fast Pace: Work in circumstances where there is a high pace
of activity, work must be done rapidly.
Freedom from Stress: Have a job with consistently low levels of stress.
Friendships: Develop close personal relationships with people
as a result of my work activities.
Help Others: Help other people in a direct way, individually
or in small groups.
Help Society: Contribute to the betterment of the world I live in.
Independence: Determine the nature of my work without
significant direction from others; not to have to do what others tell me.
Influence People: Change attitudes or opinions of other people.
Intellectual Status: Be regarded as a person of high intellectual
prowess or as one who is an acknowledged "expert" in a given field.
Knowledge: Pursue knowledge, truth and understanding.
Location: Find a place to live (town, geographic area) which is
conducive to my style and affords me the opportunity to do the
things I enjoy most.
Make Decisions: Decide courses of action, policies, etc.
Moral Fulfillment: Contribute significantly to a set of moral standards
which I feel are very important.
Physical Challenge: Have a job that makes physical demands
which I would find rewarding.
Power and Authority: Control the work activities and destinies of others.
Precision Work: Work in situations where there is little tolerance for error.
Profit, Gain: Accumulate large amounts of money or other material gain.
Recognition: Be recognized for the quality of my work in some
visible or public way.
Security: Be assured of keeping my job and a reasonable financial reward.
Stability: Have a work routine and job duties that are largely
predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
Supervision: Directly responsible for the work done by others.
Time Freedom: Work at my own time schedule with no specific
working hours required.
Work Alone: Do projects by myself without any significant
amount of contact with others.
Work Mobility: Freedom to change jobs within a company.
Work with Others: Work closely with a group; or in a team toward
common goals.
Work Under Pressure: Work in situations where time pressure is
prevalent and/or the quality of work is judged critically by supervisors,
customers, or others.
 

Now Choose the Values which are most important to you.

Choice # 1

Choice # 2

Choice # 3

 

Now that you have made your selections, you can print out this page.
Use the results from this exercise to help you in searching for a career as well as for help in writing your resume.

Many of the CES Online Tutorials are available in hardcopy form from CES.

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