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

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Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century

Now updated for today's hottest jobs--including telecommunications, biotechnology, and health care professional--this bestselling career guide shows people how to determine their personality type, and then explains which jobs are best suited to each type.

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1992)
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Jul 06, 2012 Narasu rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 24, 2012 Gwen rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 09, 2016 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this book wouldn't do much for me--I don't like self-help books in the first place and I haven't had much luck with the career guidance books I've read. But I didn't mind this one. I learned more about Myers-Briggs than I ever expected to (which I'm not entirely sold on but which I found insightful just the same), and I read that as an INFJ I am preoccupied with the meaning of life. Which is true! But I'm still no closer to knowing what career path I should pursue, and so I shall continue ...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
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
Oct 04, 2012 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
Jul 16, 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
Sep 02, 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
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
Jan 16, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
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 03, 2011 Besha rated it it was ok
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
Jul 11, 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
Nathan Albright
Feb 01, 2017 Nathan Albright rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge2017
As is often the case with a book like this, the authors deliver a bit less than promised. To their credit, this is not a bad thing, and few people reading this book should expect anything differently than the authors' somewhat salesy approach. This book is more enjoyable if one is as fond of exploring the applications of personality theory as I am [1], an interest that many people share given the popularity of these books with publishers and audiences alike. Yet it is a book that very few people ...more
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
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.
Nov 13, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 11, 2015 maryam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phsycology
در نوع خودش كتاب فوق العاده اي بود خيلي خوب ميتونست نظرم را تغيير بده در زمينه اي كه هيچ وقت انتظار تغييرشو نداشتم.....
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.
Helpful with specific well-tailored information.
Jan 25, 2017 Oonagh rated it it was amazing
Reading ‘Do What You Are’ was like swimming in an ocean of self indulgence. I loved reading and exploring my thoughts, motivations, feelings and ideas. It was an excuse for a bit of ‘me time’ in the commotion of life. It provided escapism from the constant noise and activities that take us away from ourselves and deny us time to reflect on our thoughts and motivations. Reading this book allowed time for personal reflection and to consider what it is that is driving my actions on a daily basis, w ...more
Svetlana Kurilova
Wow! This book built a new level of my understanding of personalities. There is so much to it. Apparently, your personality is not just four letters; you also have to pay attention what is your hierarchy of functions (S,N,T,F), which function you introvert and which function you prefer to extrovert. I really enjoyed the detailed chapters on each of 16 personalities and step-by-step strategies to find a great career fit.
julie ann tuliao
Feb 20, 2017 julie ann tuliao rated it it was amazing
This is a good book.
I realize that I am meant to be a librarian!
Figure out for yourself! :)
May 25, 2008 YoSafBridg rated it it was ok
I don't know why i continue to feel compelled to read career books~i am actually quite happy in my chosen career~tho i would love to someday support myself through some kind of art (writing, acting, independent wealth, etc...)~i suppose i could currently call it a collection development interest since this is one of my (oh-so-many) buying areas. I always have retained that lingering interest in psychology (after running in terror from it after that semester i tried it on as a major when one of m ...more
Stephanie R.
Sep 10, 2016 Stephanie R. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of personality tests
The good parts:
After the introduction which explains why everyone needs this book, there are some descriptions of the Myers-Briggs personality types and some questions to ask yourself to decide which you are. It will be old news to anyone who has heard of Myers-Briggs before, which is probably everyone on the planet. Read it anyway! The descriptions are very well-done and despite this book being from 1992, they are still mostly relevant. There is also some very interesting stuff about how you d
Jun 21, 2015 'Manda rated it it was amazing
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
Yoga Prakasa
Nov 23, 2008 Yoga Prakasa rated it it was amazing
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
N W James
Oct 08, 2009 N W James rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2009
I needed confirmation that I am headed on the right career path. Do What You Are bases its career suggestions based on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Test. I'm an ISFJ - if that doesn't remind you of which one the Meyers Briggs test is, then google it.

I, personally, don't really buy the whole define-billions-of-people's-personalities-in-a-300-page-book phenomenon. But this book had been recommended to me by friends and bookstore customers so I took a gander.

So, once you categorize 4 major perso
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