The article ended with a worksheet to create a framework of values that are important to you as a job seeker to focus your search toward the kind of position you really want. The idea is that once you've identified what you value you can test the jobs you come across against your criteria to see how it stacks up, and if it's worth pursuing further.
Just as in job seeking, musicians have to do the same kind of thing for the business of their craft. It's important that entrepreneurial musicians identify what they value, both personally and professionally. In a professional sense, these values become your brand, and they're what differentiates you from your other musicians who play similar styles of music. From there every decision, new gig, new fan you take on has to resonate with the values you've defined for yourself. That's how you know you're moving your efforts in a direction that feels right to you, so you can further your goals.
Whether you're just starting out needing to discover your brand and values, a job seeker, or just someone who needs a little self-examination use the HOW magazine values assessment too allow yourself to articulate the values that are important to you being mindful that you're thinking of this from a music career perspective. The more you're able to do this the more of a laser beam focus you'll create toward your goals. If nothing else, it can serve as a good exercise. Plus, it can be helpful if you're considering a full-time career in music, which in many ways is like job searching but instead of seeking a specific job you're creating it. In that case a value assessment may be even more important.
Posted by: Nick Venturella