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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type Paperback – April 15, 2014
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"This is one of the most popular career books in the world. It's easy to see why. Many have found great help from the concept of Personality Type, and Tieger and Barron are masters at explaining this approach to career choice. Highly recommended." --Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?
"A revolutionary way of finding the right job. Every job hunter or career changer needs this book." --Kevin Harrington, Career Services, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Offers an easy way to discover some extremely useful information about your Personality Type. When you are armed with this new self-awareness, the directions toward your own job and career satisfaction become clear." --William Corwin, Office of Career Services, Princeton University
About the Author
Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron are internationally recognized experts on and the authors of five breakthrough books about Personality Type, including the one-million copy bestseller DO WHAT YOU ARE, which changed the way career consulting is practiced all around the world. They have been training professionals in the use of Personality Type for 32 years.
Kelly Tieger graduated from Sarah Lawrence and has been exposed to Personality Type her whole life. She contributed research to the fourth edition of DO WHAT YOU ARE.
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While this book hasn't helped me find my dream job yet, it did an amazing job of accurately mapping out my life so far. For example, I used to be a city mouse and all I wanted to do was live in New York City and have all the experiences that living in a large city would bring. Now that I'm in my thirties, I've started appreciating a quiet life. I go hiking, I do photography, I tend to my garden and I dread going to NYC. According to the Myers-Briggs test, I'm an INFP and Tieger explains that INFP's go through a change in their thirties where they find themselves doing things they didn't enjoy before like gardening and hiking... Well damn, if that didn't pinpoint me exactly.
Now, knowing this hasn't led to the epiphany I was hoping for (I'm still in a job that I hate because the pay is great), but I no longer kid myself into thinking that I'd be some great police detective because I know that it really isn't who I am.
1. MBTI description instead of test...a couple reviewers said this was a con. I absolutely disagree. The test relies on your own accounts of preferences/behavior and can be influenced by who you want to be and not who you actually are. It does not ensure an accurate result. The book warns about this and if you're honest with yourself the book is more than enough to get you to the right answer because it describes actual real-life behaviors that are easy to identify with. For example, I tested as a Judger in a Myers-Briggs test because it means you're organized and on top of things but after reading the book, I could not deny being a Perceiver after reading a recount of how both personalities react to a pile of mail. It really forced me to face reality and I found it to be much more accurate than a test!
2. It gives you the ten most important things to people with your personality type. Its a great way to evaluate a new position you're considering and helps you refine the questions you need to ask your interviewer and yourself before you consider taking the job.
3. It also gives suggestions of how to make your current job more enjoyable if you are not as fulfilled as you could be and do not have the ability to change positions.
4. It gives you a list of jobs to consider and you can use this with another resource (such as the book discussed below or a career counselor) to whittle down to the jobs that are the best fit for all dimensions of you as a person (including values, skills etc).
There are two dimensions in this book that are covered in others:
1. In addition to your personality, there are a number of other dimensions that are important in finding a career that will last including, skills, values etc. that other books cover in a very comprehensive manner.
2. It does not give very comprehensive advice about going about your job search as compared to other more comprehensive resources.
I think this book is great to lead you in the right direction and help you learn about yourself and then once you have the ball rolling, a great resource as a supplement is The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success. This book is writen by a career counselor and takes the reader through the exercises he would do with his clients. It covers how to separate needs from wants, identifying your skillset and the sorts of jobs that would be a good match etc.
It took me awhile after getting these two books and reading them, but in the next couple years I actually transitioned into a new career and I could not be more happy. After doing a job that is natural and comfortable to my personality I could not even imagine going back to my previous career! Really great read and I recommend it to anyone who has the fortune (or misfortune) of talking to me about careers!