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I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work Paperback – January 28, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0142002483 ISBN-10: 0142002488 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (January 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142002488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142002483
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"Close your eyes and…imagine what it would feel like to be happy and excited and fulfilled in your work." Can’t do it? Career coach Jansen’s no-nonsense volume just might help. Herself a former disgruntled employee (she worked in broadcasting, recruiting, outplacement and other fields), Jansen is a big proponent of jobs that suit: work, after all, "is not ‘one size fits all.’" She identifies six reasons people find their employ unsatisfying, from boredom with an overly familiar routine, to insecurity in the face of discrimination or a toxic boss, to lack of focus on work due to an eye on upcoming retirement. Several quizzes and questionnaires ("When you think about the things you find meaningful, what comes to mind?"; "Do you prefer to be the leader rather than have others lead"?) help readers identify their job problems and the kinds of work they might find more meaningful, as well as build confidence in their choices. Jansen offers stories of those who made the career change successfully (or in some cases, found a way to renew their interest in their old positions) as well as guidelines for becoming more entrepreneurial. Her advice is seasoned and her tone encouraging, making this a solid resource for people who know they don’t like what they do; it might also be a wakeup call for others numbed into job complacency.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

A must-read for anyone who is working and feeling dissatisfied, unfulfilled or unhappy with their current work situation. -- Paul Tieger, author of Do What You Are

More About the Author

Julie Jansen - motivational speaker, coach, trainer, resume and LinkedIn profile writer, business consultant and meeting facilitator - works with leaders, managers, senior contributors and entrepreneurs in developing the competencies, skills and techniques needed to thrive in today's chaotic business world.

Prior to starting her own business in 1999, Julie worked in a variety of industries including broadcasting, outplacement, consulting, training and recruiting for Post News Week, Drake Beam Morin, Manchester Partners and Provant. Julie's industry experience includes: advertising, consumer products, entertainment, fashion, financial services, logistics, magazine publishing, manufacturing, new media, non-profit, public relations, and professional services. Her clients include Global Health Strategies, UConn, National Australia Bank, DHL Global Forwarding, and Bronx Lebanon Hospital.

Julie has identified eleven qualities that she considers fundamental to business and career success. These "Eleven Keys" are the basis for her coaching and dynamic, no-nonsense presentations on networking, leadership and management, career management, communication, customer service, executive presence, influencing, sales and time management.

Julie has been quoted in numerous publications including Fortune, Forbes, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and WSJ.com. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, MSNBC, NPR, CNN Financial News and many other television and radio stations across the United States.

A revised version of her first book, I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work was published in the U.K., Germany, Austria and Romania and was released by Penguin in March, 2010. You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life...No Matter Who You Work With was published by Penguin Books in 2006. Julie is also the author of a Workplace Coach Booklet series on Networking, Enhancing Your Image, Delegation, Managing Your Career, Time Management and Getting Organized.

Julie earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Hartford. She sits on the Advisory Board of Baruch College's Computer Center for the Visually Impaired and volunteers for a half-dozen unemployment support groups. Julie is also a regular contributor to Yahoo! Hot Jobs and Cancer and Careers.org.


Customer Reviews

Well, if I knew that I wouldn't be reading this book.
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I believe that everyone has the nagging feeling of not knowing if you have made the right career choice.
David
I highly recommend it if you are at all contemplating switching careers or jobs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

222 of 226 people found the following review helpful By B. Punkert on September 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ever looked around at what you're doing at work and wondered how on earth you got to this awful place where you hate getting out of bed in the morning? Ever feel like there's something about your so-called 'successful career' that makes you feel vaguely rotten inside? Feel like what you really wanted to be when you grew up got lost somewhere along the way?
Through a series of exercises, Julie Jensen helps you rediscover your values and passions, and to see why where you are right now is so frustrating. This book isn't about finding a job, it's more about defining yourself and seeing where you shine and where you don't.
She categorizes people 'stuck' in their careers into six types (Where's the Meaning, Been there, Done that, Need the Money, Bored and Plateaued, Bruised and Gunshy, One Toe in the Retirement Pool), and then works through specific exercises to help those archetypes set goals that will move them towards more connection in their life.
The book is nice in that it isn't all about having to be an entrepreneur to be happy. Most find-yourself-through-your-career books push entrepreneurship really hard and completely devalidate the whole work concept. Jensen suggests that working for someone else is fine, but making sure your needs are met is important. Many books about career change are horribly vague about how to figure out what you want to do. Jensen provides concrete exercises and examples of how people applied what they learned.
The biggest problem I had was trying to fit myself into an archetype, since I honestly fit into three or four of them. But everything in the book is useful, even if you may not immediately think it applies to your situation.
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270 of 290 people found the following review helpful By Heros Dad on March 1, 2004
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This is THE book you MUST read if you are a victim of a layoff or pondering "What do I truly want to do with the rest of my work life?". As a maniacal researcher and reader, I bought and borrowed dozens of job search/career change books; none came close to the results I achieved from Julie Jansen's step-by-step, no-nonsense guide.
Within 3 weeks of completing this book, I am now employed in my dream job; a job that came true because of the many exercises that are used in "I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This."
Ms. Jansen's guide will have you writing notes to yourself, staying up late dreaming about the life you really want to have, and getting up early to implement the suggestions that are found througout this classic book.
Do yourself a huge favor: stop searching the web, stop browsing at the bookstore, and simply order this book NOW!
P.S. As part of my severance package, I worked with a world-famous outplacement firm. This book was so responsible for my successful career change, that I strongly advised the outplacement firm to make Julie's book mandatory reading for all new clients!
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Theory Grrl on March 1, 2006
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Most of the material in this book is obvious, trivial, or both. Whatever is left has been better covered even in "starter" career books like What Color Is Your Parachute.

I bought this together with several other career change books, including Is Your Genius at Work (Dick Richards), Working Identity (Herminia Ibarra), Finding Your North Star (Martha Beck), and Do What You Are (Paul & Barbara Tieger). I Don't Know What I Want was the only disappointment. The assessment section is a joke, while the advice for individuals with different motivations to change careers appears to be written at an introductory level more suitable to somebody who's starting their first career (in which case see my comment above about What Color Is Your Parachute). All the other books I've mentioned provide either an in-depth method of self-assessment helpful in developing a plan of action, or information about the job search process that hasn't been published in popular magazines; some of them provide both.

It's not worth the bother to return it, but I don't see myself keeping it around or recommending it to friends.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2004
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This title provides effective exercises for would-be career changers and entreprenuers. After spending 10 years in the corporate world and making a couple unsuccessful attempts at small business, I found myself thinking "I don't know what I want, but this isn't it." Locked into a career that pays well, but has little else to recommend it, I've been having a hard time finding a vocation that offers fulfillment, but doesn't involve going broke in the process. The exercises in this book helped me clarify what I want (and do not want) from my work-life and helped me to develop a plan to acheive it. I recommend using this book in conjunction with "Do What You Are" by Tieger.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Karenka11 on April 16, 2003
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Julie Jansen's book is inspiring, practical, and thoroughly readable - a rare achievement in the self-help field. She writes with confidence and enthusiasm from a deep well of knowledge and professional experience. This book has been essential to help me maneuver through a major career change and has directed me to the right path - a switch from the profit sector to a more meaningful non-profit job. The self-discovery exercises are fun and provide many surprising insights into one's psyche. Her concise, direct suggestions for job search, networking, and interviewing have provided an extremely useful refresher course for me. The book also includes a splendid list of valuable additional resources for further guidance.
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