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Job Seeker Manual: Using CULTURE FIT to find the right workplace for you

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How well you fit the culture of a workplace can make the difference between job search success and failure. Organizations screen candidates for culture fit. Don't you think you should evaluate that fit as well?

Discover how to better understand yourself and the culture of an organization and decide if it is right for you. Find a meaningful workplace where people are making a contribution and practicing the principles and values that matter to you.

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Job Seeker Manual: Using CULTURE FIT to find the right workplace for you

  1. 1. Job Seeker Manual Use CULTURE FIT to Find the Right Workplace for YOU ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  2. 2. Is your workplace a place where you thrive? Are you looking for the right workplace? ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  3. 3. Most people seek a job that is a fit 3 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  4. 4. People must also evaluate a company for their fit with the culture of the organization 4 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  5. 5. •Meaningfulness •Harmony Job fit and culture fit are important because they imply the presence of two important values: 5 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  6. 6. Find meaningfulness and harmony with job fit 6 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  7. 7. Is there meaningfulness in the work you do? Job FIT 7 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  8. 8. Are you doing the right work? Harmony with the job What I Love to Do What the Company Will Pay Me To Do What I Am Good At  Job FIT 8 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  9. 9. “…the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.” --Steve Jobs 9
  10. 10. Achieve meaningfulness and harmony with culture fit 10 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  11. 11. Is the company’s Purpose meaningful to you? Culture FIT 11 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  12. 12. Are your values in harmony with the company values? Individual Values Company Values Culture FIT 12 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  13. 13. •Increased vitality •Lower stress levels •Increased overall well-being Being one’s true self at work has great benefits 13 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  14. 14. Follow these steps for evaluating culture fit 14 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  15. 15. Understanding Yourself Purpose and Principles 15 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  16. 16. Source: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016 Uncover your Purpose and your Principles 16 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  17. 17. Uncover your Purpose by answering these questions • What are the things I love to do and find deeply satisfying? • What causes really matter to me? • What topics do I often read about? • What event or experience in my life has driven me to care about a particular issue? • If I did not have to work, what would I do? • What would I choose to do if I knew I could not fail? • In what way would I like to make a contribution to society through my work? 17 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  18. 18. Screen your Purpose options against these five criteria Personal Purpose Statement Options (circle those that meet all criteria) Is it a contribution to society? Am I willing to work hard at it? Does it really matter to me? Is the statement brief in length? Is the statement broad in scope? YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO 18 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  19. 19. Next, uncover the values that matter to you… 19 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  20. 20. Screen your values against these criteria Values “Very Important” (circle those that meet all criteria) Is this value very important to me? Does it guide how I live? Would I require this value at my workplace? YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO 20 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  21. 21. Understanding the Organization’s Culture Purpose, Philosophy and Priorities 21 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  22. 22. Source: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016 Evaluate the Core Culture of an organization: its Purpose, Philosophy & Priorities 22 Core Culture ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  23. 23. Activity: Identify the Purpose Step 1. Ask these Purpose questions: • What is the Purpose of the organization? • Why is that important? Step 2. Screen Options Against the Purpose Criteria Purpose Options Taken from Step 1 Is it a contribution to society— not a product or service? Does it answer the question: Why is the work important? Does it inspire and motivate? Is the statement brief in length? Is the statement broad in scope? YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO Step 3. If it meets all criteria, the Purpose is: ___________________________________________ 23 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  24. 24. Activity: Identify the Philosophy Step 1. Ask these Philosophy questions: •What values are fundamental and distinctive to the organization since its founding? •What values are central to the organization that should never change? Step 2. Screen Options Against the Philosophy Criteria Philosophy Options Taken from Step 1 Is it a prime principle or value? Does it guide how employees work? Do employees consider it a source of the organization’s distinctiveness? Does it describe the company’s personality or character? Has this principle or value endured over time? YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO Step 3. The Philosophy is: ____________________________________________ 24 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  25. 25. Activity: Identify the Priorities Step 1. Ask these Priorities questions: • What are the goals of the organization? • What values must guide how employees work in order to achieve these goals? Step 2. Screen Options Against the Priorities Criteria Priorities Options Taken from Step 1 Is it a key value and an important standard to guide behavior? Do leaders believe it will enhance the ability to compete and thrive? Does the value support the strategy or goals? YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO Step 3. The Priorities are: ______________________________________________ 25 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  26. 26. Auditing for Culture Fit 26 ©2017 Sheila MargolisSource: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016
  27. 27. Are you a fit? List Your Purpose and Principles List the Company Purpose, Philosophy & Priorities Evaluate Your Fit with the Company Purpose, Philosophy & Priorities My Purpose: Purpose: 1 2 3 Not Somewhat Very My Principles: Philosophy: 1 2 3 Not Somewhat Very Priorities: 1 2 3 Not Somewhat Very 27 Source: Job Seeker Manual, Margolis, 2016 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  28. 28. Closing Decide where you will thrive? 28 ©2017 Sheila Margolis
  29. 29. Understand yourself and the culture of the workplace. Find the right place, and live the life you were meant to live. 29 ©2017 Sheila Margolis

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