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"Using a workstyle assessment technique called Color Q, Career Match is probably one of the best career self-testing books you'll ever run across." --Mensa Bulletin



"... insightful and complex." -Accounting Today



"The book makes for a great teaching tool...whether you're a career counselor, a college student, or the average Joe/Jane." --Campus Career Counselor



"For thousands of Americans Shoya Zichy’s landmark 276 page masterpiece, “Career Match” may have simultaneously squelched the wretched specter of unemployment and brought career satisfaction to those who sing the blues at a time when their nation’s economy has been sporting a historically rosy complexion...The most compelling reason for reading this book and why we are bringing it to the attention of TravelSmart readers is that “Career Match” makes it easier for anyone who wants to squeeze the most out of their life experience to do just that. That’s why I bought copies for each of my children (all over 40 now). If they can get as much out of the book as I did they’ll be grateful for the rest of their lives. ''

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"...Shoya Zichy’s landmark masterpiece, Career Match.” --travelsmart.com



“…classic career-advice book...if you are bogged down in your quest to determine your ideal career path, this is a book that will speed you along nicely.” --Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Book Description

For some, a job is just a way to pay the bills. For others -- those whose careers fit their passions and personalities -- it is a source of great satisfaction and success. Career Match is designed to help people discover their ideal work. Using the author's revealing ten-minute self-assessment, the book helps readers determine their personality style, then walks them through the range of career choices best for them. This indispensable guide will enable anyone to:

* identify the type of work that will inspire and exhilarate them

* recognize the type of boss and work environment they need to thrive

* confirm the rightness of the path they are on -- or help them find a better one

* speed up their job search

The book includes in-depth chapters for each personality type, detailed explanations of career options, and inspiring real-life stories of people who have found fulfillment in work that suits their personality. This invaluable resource will help anyone in need of direction match who they are with what they should do -- for a lifetime of gratifying work and greater success.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 58144th edition (February 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814473644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814473641
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was surprised at how accurate this book was. And when I read the careers that matched my personality, the list contained my current career, a career I've been recently studying for hoping to make a change, as well as a few other careers that I've seriously considered in the past. In fact every career that I seriously considered was in the list. I was amazed. My wife took the test and she found hers pretty accurate as well and it's helping her with her in between jobs job search. For the price it's entertaining and fun, yet helpful at the same time. Highly recommended.
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I have read a number of books of this type, and this is one of the most helpful I've found. The initial test is very quick and, for me, very accurate. Many of my preferences for how, where, and why I like to work are listed for my type. Seeing them written here assures me that there really are reasons for the work environment that I prefer, and the work types that I gravitate toward.

Of additional benefit are the sections on how to work with different types of people. I find that being a Red/Blue/Introvert, it's quite natural to have differences with my Gold/Green/Extrovert colleague. More importantly, it gives me some tips as to how my co-worker thinks, what they find important and how to deal with them. Even if it sounds crazy to me.

I also like that the occupational descriptions are very up-to-date, something that I find lacking in most career matching books or on-line tests. I have already recommended this book to several of my friends.

This is Myers-Briggs light; easier to understand than the standard four letter system. It's also more weighted toward application than theory, making it immediately useful, especially for Red/Blues who have little patience with something that doesn't yield some immediate results!
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What I absolutely loved about this book is the way it is written. You will feel like the author is speaking with you. It feel personalized and customized as you read. The 4 color categories are very well described and if you can't figure out what your color is, there is even a test included in the book!!!

What's more is the fact that this book will help you understand what your skills and talents are and help you figure out what type of career/industry would the most ideal for you to be able to enhance your skills and add value to the organization.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to succeed, not only in the business/professional arena, but in personal relationships as well. You will learn to be more observant and react towards people the best way the message would get across to him/her. Get the book and you will see!
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I compared the Color Match assessment test with many others and Color Match wins for several reasons. 1. Ease of testing 2.Accurate results 3. Excellent career suggestions. More importantly, I learned so much about myself. . . . why my last job was the wrong culture for me, what to look for the next time, how to make a business presentation to a "Blue", why some relationships just don't seem to work. There is so much here that is more than career. However, I will never hire again without giving this test to the candidate.
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While this is a well done book and it will be very helpful for some, for those of you who take this test and something doesn't quite click, don't despair. Try another route. The Myers-Briggs test which this book is based on isn't the only type of aptititude test out there.

In my case, I took the Myers-Briggs test a couple times early on after college and it really didn't help me. After taking the test I also read a number of the different 16 personality types and thought they applied equally well to me. There were any different career options for each personality type that I really didn't end up with any sort of focus. Because I didn't think to try another style of test, I went along in a finance career for over ten years that I really didn't find fully engaging.

Thankfully, in my thirties I did end up finding another book (Discover What You're Best At by Linda Gale) that hit the nail on the head for me. As a result of this and another test by Johnson O'Connor I went back to school to become an industrial engineer and I love what I do. Also, if you want to spend more, the top career testing outfit in the country is called Johnson O'Connor (which is not for profit) does a great job and also identified my current career. While the price is high, the investment you make in your career is far greater.

The reason I bought this book is because I wanted to help a young person find some direction and I bought it. After reading through this and taking the personality test, this didn't come close to identifying the career I'm in now. The Myers-Briggs test is just too general and doesn't provide much guidance.

If this book and the Myers-Briggs test work you you, great. If not, try other types of tests. It is well worth the effort.
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I've been a career coach and consultant for 17 years, and have worked with many career assessment exercises. A few years ago I began presenting Shoya Zichy's "Career Match" to all my clients, because it is simply the best instruments I've found for quick, accurate and understandable results that cover all aspects of the job search -- the reader's greatest work-related strengths, his/her ideal boss and work environment, suggested professions and industries, his/her interviewing style, and more.

The bonus is that "Career Match" is fun to use, fun to read...and the words that the author uses to describe each different personality style can be immediately incorporated into the reader's own vocabulary about him/herself. Job seekers needs accurate words to describe their strengths; this book provides them, and makes the difference between applicants who stumble when speaking about themselves, and articulate, confident applicants. The "Career Match" 10-minute exercises are the fastest and easiest to take and score, the results are unerringly correct, and the information is comprehensive for the job search and totally useful. Plus, the book doesn't resort to psycho-babble, and it doesn't depend upon having a certified consultant to interpret the results, so anyone can pick it up and immediately benefit from it. Cheers to Shoya Zichy and her co-author for putting together a completely enjoyable and marvelously helpful book!
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