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The Career Within You: How to Find the Perfect Job for Your Personality [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Wagele , Ingrid Stabb
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Wagele and Stabb are great detectives who will help you understand your perfect habitat for all you can bring to the workplace.
—Chip Conley, Founder/CEO, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, and author of Peak


Employing the Enneagram Personality Assessment System, Elizabeth Wagele, author of The Enneagram Made Easy, and career workshop and events organizer Ingrid Stabb can help you discover The Career Within You. Unlike “one-size-fits-all” self-help business books, The Career Within You provides everything you need to fully understand your individual strengths, gifts, needs, and distinct personality traits, and will point you toward a job uniquely tailored to you. “It will free you to become the person you know you really want to be,” says Gil Garcetti, former Los Angeles County District Attorney and Consulting Producer of “The Closer.”

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What a tragedy it is to posses such natural gifts and to hide them from ourselves and the world. Wagele and Stabb are great detectives who will help you understand your perfect habitat for all you can bring to the workplace.

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Wagele and Stabb are great detectives who will help you understand your perect habitat for all you can bring to the workplace. - Chip Conly, founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Product Details

  • File Size: 7593 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003100V3W
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wanted more depth March 29, 2010
By Chris B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this may be the only career guide using enneagram personality typing. as there are a million and one guides on getting a job i would have preferred to see much more depth on matching careers to personality types and much less on the basics of getting a job.

this book only looks at the 9 primary personality types. it would have been a real gem and much more helpful if it had included sections on the combo of primary and secondary or "wing" types. everyone has a wing and the wing is very important. to use a food analogy, if the primary personality type is the meat, the wing is the curry, or the tomato sauce or the bbq sauce. it's the combination of the meat PLUS the sauce that gives you different dishes.

using an enneagram example, a Type 5 "Observer/Investigator" with a Romantic streak looks to express individuality. but an Observer with the Questioner wing is into reducing risk. these 2 people will want very different career scenarios. So, looking at career matches just from the primary trait perspective is grossly incomplete. imo, it's not that hard to consider what careers match the 9 primary personality types. the real challenge is matching primary and wing.

i'm sure the reason the authors didn't do this is because it would take a lot more time and pages to cover the 18 combo types. but since people are a combination of types and have to deal with matching a career to their combo that's the book that needs to be written. and that's why i only give it 3 stars.

otherwise, it is good as far as it goes. and the system for analyzing career paths is interesting and easy to use.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover a Career That Gives You Joy January 9, 2010
"Just as important as knowing your strengths is understanding your needs" is a quote from page 9 of The Career Within You. We would all love to have a career that not only utilizes our talents, but helps us feel fulfilled and happy. Using knowledge of the Enneagram, a personality typing system, Wagele and Stabb will help you do just that.

If you do not already know your Enneagram type, the authors have included a short questionnaire to help determine your personality type. They added examples of famous people and their characteristics to help you get a better feel for each of the nine Enneagram types. Additionally, Wagele's illustrations and witty humor help reveal characteristics of the Enneagram types in a fun way.

The first nine chapters are devoted to the each of the personality types of the Enneagram. Each chapter lists positive aspects of the type, along with traits of "the other side", as the authors call our more self-destructive behaviors. These traits will then be used, as the authors put it, "to coax your career preferences from the truest part of yourself." The Wagele-Stabb Career Finder is an easy-to-follow guide designed to take you step-by-step through a process to find a career using the qualities most important to you.

Chapter Ten contains information to help you assess your current job and decide whether to keep it or find another. There are worksheets for each Enneagram type that will help answer that question. This chapter will also help you rate the importance of other factors such as salary and predicted future growth. Finally, it will help you prioritize aspects you feel are job necessities, such as location, hours, and benefits.

The last chapter deals with the actual job hunting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Personality-Based Career Guide January 25, 2010
"Wherever you are at this point, you have a feeling there is an authentic career within you. Watch it unfold as you learn about the nine career types, discover which one fits you, and then match yourself to a career that is right for your particular combination of traits, gifts, and wishes. Then, this book will help you determine how to best fit into today's job marketplace. The first step is to ask some questions that have fascinating answers. Who are you? What are your greatest strengths?" - From The Career Within You

Whether you're on the cusp of finishing your education, wanting to leave a dead-end job, desiring to find fulfilling work or needing to secure employment in the face of a layoff, The Career Within You by Elizabeth Wagele and Ingrid Stabb serves as both a portable career-coach and a comprehensive job-matching guide based on your unique personality.

Perhaps you're the Adventurer type (7) like myself, one who relishes pursuing multiple interests, exploring new ventures and synthesizing information--all with a sense of idealism, optimism, infectious enthusiasm and a "sky's the limit" attitude.

Or maybe you're the Peacemaker type (9), one who craves harmony, physical comfort, emotional balance and equilibrium in your career. Your peaceful demeanor brings calm to the workplace, and you're known for being a fair-minded team-player, often with the talents of broad perspective, empathy and mediation.

Using a fascinating personality system called the Enneagram (pronounced ANY-a-gram), The Career Within You will help you determine which of the nine types reflects your innate strengths, motivations and preferences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it
Published 10 days ago by Koviss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great application of the Enneagram
Elizabeth Wagele, who wrote The Career Within You, with Ingrid Stabb, is a generous person. Her chapters on the nine types on the Enneagram, apparently based on interviews,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John R. Amos
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as it seems.
I found this book to be long on title and short on actual information useful to helping anyone choose a career that matches personality. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lovebrits
3.0 out of 5 stars Another tool in the toolbox
This enneagram approach to determining "Who Am I?" and what career is best for me is another tool in the toolbox, but is not the definitive answer. Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by Margaret A. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Help for High Schoolers
The book walks you through certain careers that match your certain characteristics: Perfectionist, Helper, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Questioner, Adventurer, Asserter, Peace... Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by D.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide for finding your path
This book is phenomenal and I learned alot about myself, and found myself more sucked into it than I thought I would be. Perhaps it was because I was reading about myself. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by asa.trapp
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed about the book.
I got very disappointed when I read this book as I was expecting much more when I purchased it. I may say that reading it was a total waste of time! Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Schust
2.0 out of 5 stars Take the test before you waste your time reading the book.
The vast majority of this book is divided into 9 sections which contain information on each of the "career types"

At the beginning of the book there's a very short test... Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by J. Eppers
5.0 out of 5 stars Well organized and very useful
I could not agree more with the enthusiastic reviewers. A well organized and helpful book. I would recommend to anyone to read it before embarking on a new career or considering a... Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by V. Anxolabehere
1.0 out of 5 stars The book about nothing
This book was a complete waste of time and money for me. The name and the cover sounded very appealing, but it's not worth attention. Per book there are a few categories of people. Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by anushy
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