For the first time ever, on finding my CV on a Job Board, asked my what my values were.

Can anyone steer towards a way to answer this question please.

If this helps my DISC profile scores are 2257



James22's picture
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As former military (Air Force), when I'm asked that question I just answer the AF Core Values - Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do. Now, I don't just reply verbatim but those are my values. It's helpful, because it's true (to me) and they are ALWAYS on the tip of my tongue.

StevenLJackson1's picture
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Let me ask: what was the first thing that you thought of when you read that question?  Whatever it was might be an indicator of what you value.

Obviously, since I don't know you, I can't tell you what your values are, but here are some ideas to consider:

  • Providing value to end users/consumers
  • Knowing that the work you do is making a difference in people's lives
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Work/family balance

I like James' answer above, as well.  I hope this helps!


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Hello Steve and thank you for trying to help. My first thought is - what is the difference between value as in "I value your opinion" and saying my values are mutual respect, honest and privacy for example. Is the bottom line that they both mean the same ?

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I was reading your question (actually the person's question from the job board) as, "What are your values related to the work you are looking for."  Last time I was in a job search, I wanted to make sure that I ended up in a place where I felt connected to the end users; I wanted to know that I was helping people by making their jobs easier, because I value that.

I suppose you could read that at a more personal level and say, "I value mutual respect, integrity, honesty, privacy" and so on.

Regardless, what you value at a personal level will be on display at your job, as well, so it probably makes little difference which way you answer.

As for the example you provided ("I value your opinion" vs. "I value mutual respect..."), I would say they are closely related.  If you value mutual respect then it should follow that you value another's opinion.

Anyone else care to chime in here?  Am I way off base?