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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

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A career guide utilizing personality type.
Paperback, Third Edition, 350 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1992)
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Jul 06, 2012 Narasu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
I used this book as a mid-career re-evaluation to make sure I'm headed in the right direction. It did the job of focusing me on 4 variations of my career that I will research for future growth. And it helped me understand the nuances of Myers Briggs personality types and how to apply them to a career evaluation. I would find it at the library vs. buying it, since i'm not sure what re-read value it has.

While this book uses the Myers Briggs framework for career analysis, it does not contain the of
Kater Cheek
Jan 18, 2013 Kater Cheek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book out of the library based on a passionate recommendation from Penelope Trunk, a blogger I read often. I thought I'd adore it, as I love her blog, think she has amazing insights into job and career advice, and anyway, I like self-help books of all stripes. I even read self-help books for problems I don't have.

I love personality tests. I love enneagram, OCEAN, “What Color is your Aura” and even Chinese and western zodiac tests. I have books on palm reading and phrenology and that th
Apr 15, 2012 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: Amanda
Shelves: career
Unsurprisingly, this book told me that I am an ISTJ (introverted, sensing, thinking, judging), for which that chapter's subtitle is "take your time and do it right"--exactly my perspective on life.

Key takeaways for me:

1) Career satisfaction involves the ability to use and remember facts/details; creating a real product/service, preferably with SOPs; the ability to work independently; tangible results; explicit objectives; increasing levels of responsibility, with a minimum of social politics, w
Feb 23, 2008 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of the two most helpful books for job seekers I've ever read (the other is What Color Is Your Parachute?) This book, by the authors of Nurture By Nature - which is about parenting - again uses the Myers-Briggs personality type system to guide readers in analyzing and understanding their own strengths, weaknesses, and patterns of thinking and behavior, with the aims of first, figuring out what careers are the best match for any person; second, guiding him or her in the process of job-hunting ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things I loved while going through this material again: elements of chapters 4 through 7, which build upon your identification of your particular four-letter code, and which show you how some of the elements work together synergistically to create a unique, outside-the-code mode. I especially loved noting that while I am a strong introvert who likes to introvert my thinking function, I will comfortably extravert my intuitive function - I do have something of value to offer up and share with othe ...more
Looked through this in detail last night. It went a bit beyond what I remember from "Type Talk".

It covers:

* the four dimensions of personality typing (chpt 2)
- Introversion/Extraversion
- iNtuitive/Sensor
- Thinking/Feeling
- Judging/Percieving

* the 16 personality types (chpt 3)

* the 4 temperaments (chpt 4)
- Experiencers - SP
- Traditionalists - SJ
- Conceptualizers - NT
- Idealists - NF

... all of which I was familiar with, plus ...

* the hierarchy of functions (chpt 5)
- your dominant, auxilia
May 04, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally purchased this in the 90's on the advice of a psychotherapist I was seeing. She highly recommended it. I had taken a test in the 11th grade, many, many moons ago, and a similar test in the 90's when I was in a program in my state called Vocational Rehab or VocRehab for short. The first thing VocRehab had me do was to go in every morning for a week and take a battery of tests, i.e. I.Q., interest tests, etc. At that age, my head swam.

On both tests, many years apart, I found out the s
Sep 14, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
Disclaimer: I didn't actually read this entire book. The first section is designed to help readers determine their type, then you can just read the information that is pertinent to your type. This is what I did. I'm not really concerned about what careers might be good for the other 15 personality types. On the plus side, the book helped to confirm my Meyers-Briggs type for me - I am definitely an ISFJ. The chapter specific to my type was also somewhat helpful. It includes a list of possible car ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: career
Loved it! I'm going through a lot of career transition in my life, of trying to figure out what I want to do for the next 30 years, and I totally dig this kind of stuff. I'm big into self-analysis (I think most of my friends and family know that about me!) I recently did a StrengthsFinder analysis and did a MBTI test YEARS ago because my best friend's dad administered them as part of his job, and thought it was very interesting: ISFJ. In fact, i think a lot of how I've seen myself over the years ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Penelope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked up Do What You Are to help me confirm my personality type after taking the Myers-Briggs test (which I recommend doing before reading this book). The authors give a good description of each of the four personality types and the sixteen temperaments. Reading this book (and a few others) help me confirm my personality type and better understand the personality types of my children. (I already had a good grasp on my husband's personality type, but this book confirmed that too.)

I will defini
Corianne Oosterbaan
You can find basic information about Myers-Briggs types online, but if you want to go into more detail about personality types, this is the book to read. It explains types, hierarchy of functions, extraverted functions vs introverted functions in a very clear way, also giving nudges as to how all this may apply in your own (working) life.

This is a great read if you're already interested in personality type and want to know more ( but don't want to be overwhelmed with information).
Feb 24, 2015 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a bit of guidence in their careers.
Recommended to Adriana by: I dread when people add people on social media sites, just to get numbers. So tel me, why is it you want to add me?
I found this book to be quite helpful. It uses the Myers-Briggs personality type system to help you find the best career for you. I was pleasantly surprised at how accurate it was and how much it helped me narrow down my true strengths, face my weaknesses, and as such, find the best and most accurate career for me. Very helpful and intuitive.
Jan 22, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be moderately interesting but not terribly accurate. I landed pretty solidly on INFJ and as a result the book kept steering me toward counseling and various jobs that involved working with people's feelings. Man, I spent most of my undergraduate degree (in psychology of course) doing various counseling type jobs and all that I learned was that I NEVER want to do that work again.

I found this book useful in that it validated some things I already knew about myself but doubted
May 29, 2011 Besha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Totally not my fault. I’m unemployed and this was on my roommate’s shelf. It’s a rite of passage, okay?

I think the four axes of the MBTI are interesting frames for the world. It paints a positive picture of introversion, and mentally redefining “sloppy” and “together” as “perceiving” and “judging” has made it possible for me to live around other people. The lists of values and work environment preferences were remarkably helpful—I read through all the types and got a much clearer picture of my o
Feb 09, 2010 Myth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this book a couple years ago. I already knew my type, but wanted more information and wanted to confirm what I suspected.

Jung's types and the MBTI have been extremely helpful to me.

The MBTI is not something to get boggled down by. I know several people who've come across trait theory and reject it as "limiting". I think they're really missing out. The MBTI is a great tool for personal growth, but even better when working in groups. For me, as an INTP, it's priceless to have a way to under
Aug 05, 2010 (ben) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i gave this 3 stars because it was a good tool, but not great.

learning about my type certainly helped and it did help me to narrow down my ideas of what i might like to do. this book is probably NOT going to leave you with a 100% answer of what you want to do with your life, so if that's what you're looking for, good luck.

if you're in that place that i find myself in where you know you're unsatisfied with what you're currently doing and are searching for tools to help you narrow down what it is
Jun 21, 2015 'Manda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book covers each of the sixteen different personality types presented by Myers-Briggs, using four different categories:

1. Extroverted vs. Introverted,
2. Intuitive vs. Sensing,
3. Thinking vs. Feeling, and
4. Judging vs. Perceiving.

You can find detailed explanations, examples, and evaluations in the book, enough that by the end of it you should feel perfectly confident of which type you are as well as what that means for you and your career.

Through this book, I was once again re-intro’d to the
Mar 09, 2014 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a new career, I was (am) in need of some guidance. Using type analysis makes sense to me and offers quite an accurate depiction of my personally with respect to strengths weaknesses and how I apply them. I had some uncertainties when giving myself the initial assessment, namely with thinking vs. feeling, and while I feel I made the right choice, it confuses me that my selection for feeling made that my first in the hierarchy and thinking the fourth and weakest. Had I chosen thinking, ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Sheffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
As far as career books go, I’m a skeptic. But this book, which breaks down Meyers-Briggs, really resonated--when I read the description of my personality type--my jaw dropped--it described me to a T (well, ENFP). The intro description is very helpful to set the stage, although case studies can drag a bit. I found some of the deeper analyses of interplay between different axes (E/I with J/P, etc) interesting, but don’t let the theory get in the way of your reality. Don’t read this book cover-to-c ...more
Nov 18, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything to do with Jungian type is a current fascination of mine, and these authors ate particularly good at explaining and animating the Myers-Briggs system. The only discordant note comes at the end, when they are at pains to tell you that there is this new thing called the Internet, and you can use it in your job search if you take precautions first.
Jan 20, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out from my public library because the title was so inviting. Having found myself out of work because my soul did not agree with my job, I have been thinking about whether it was my environment or my profession that was wrong. This book helped to confirm what I already knew about myself, correct some misconceptions I had about who I was and what makes me tick, and lead me into a different direction--optimistically. I would love to keep the book and use it for reference especi ...more
Jennifer Price
Mar 21, 2016 Jennifer Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was pleasantly intrigued by the content in this book. I found it very interesting to find my personality type and see which career fields it suggested for me. At first I skipped over this book because I wasn't interested in career seeking but a friend of mine suggested I take a look anyways, so I did. I found that the majority of this book is about finding and understanding your personality type. Which was right up my alley of enjoyment. I give it a 5 star rating but with a word of advice. I f ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of self-help books. This book bases career decisions on your personality type as defined by the Myers-Briggs test... which I happened to take at 19 in a college class to discover I'm an ENTJ. However, at that time, it did not help me one iota to know that I'm an ENTJ. After reading this book, I can say it was worth it even though I already knew my type. I know now that I'm in 5% of the population. I also know that the job I just quit was not the right job for me from the get go. Ha ...more
Helpful with specific well-tailored information.
Mallory McClenathen
This book provides detailed information on each of the Myers Briggs personality types, including strengths and weaknesses, use of dominant and auxiliary functions, and examples of jobs suited to each type.

While I think this used to be an extremely helpful book, there are now websites that provide this same information and also allow you to take quizzes to determine your MBTI type. The book itself was still interesting, and even without it having a quiz I came to the same conclusion about which
Ingrid Grant
Apr 13, 2008 Ingrid Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingrid by: therapist
I read this in college. This time I consulted it for my profile ISTJ.
Jun 01, 2016 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A job hunting classic, Do What You Are helps midlife and other job seekers analyze what careers might suit them based on their personality type. It's built around the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBPI), a popular career assessment that categorizes people into types based on how they interact with the world, get energy, notice information and make decisions. The book divides people into 16 types, then lists occupations compatible with each, along with tips on how to play up strengths and m ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I wish I had heard of this book when I was obsessed with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). I googled and googled back in 2005 trying to find more information about my type. There wasn't much information on the internets about it at that time, as it was just starting to go mainstream. This book pretty sums up all the information in one convenient book. Know everything you could want to know about your type as it relates to career (not love life though). There's also a plan of action in the last ...more
Apr 17, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a fantastic, eye-opening book for those who are looking to take it seriously.

Personality type and careers... it's not new stuff. But this book so perfectly delves into the topic.... deeply, but in a way for any reader to understand and utilize it to the max. If you research personality types on the web, there is simply too much information. There are pages of each personality type that are long and too general, making it impossible to properly diagnose yourself. This book helps it to be
Yoga Prakasa
Nov 23, 2008 Yoga Prakasa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fresh graduates and job seekers in general
Recommended to Yoga by: Indiana University's Career Placement Office
Shelves: career
[My review is on Bahasa (Indonesian) language. The review was originally intended for publication in an internal corporate newsletter. Since it is unpublished, I've decided to use it for this purpose instead.]

Kebanyakan dari kita memilih pekerjaan selama ada lowongan yang kosong dan kompensasi yang menarik tanpa terlalu memikirkan kesesuaian pribadi kita dengan tanggung-jawab dari pekerjaan tersebut. Akibatnya, banyak dari kita yang merasa kurang puas dengan pekerjaan yang kita lakukan dan berda
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