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

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

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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger

Do What You Are has already helped more than 750,000 people find truly satisfying work. The book leads you step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying your Personality Type. Then it provides real-life case studies of people who share your Type and introduces you to the key ingredients your work must have for it to be genuinely fulfilling. Using workbook exercises and explaining specific job search strategies, Do What You Are identifies occupations that are popular with your Type and offers a rundown of your work-related strengths and weaknesses. It also shows how you can use your unique strengths to customize your job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time. Whether you are a recent graduate, a first-time job seeker, or a midlife career switcher, this lively guide will enable you to discover the right career for you.

About the Author:
Paul D. Tieger is the founder and CEO of SpeedReading People, LLC

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316880657
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.42(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.09(d)

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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Do What You Are 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Choosing a career based on personality type is not a new concept; in fact, the first edition of DO WHAT YOU ARE was released in 1992 (and I can actually remember reading it when I was a junior in high school). In this, the fourth edition, hopefully even more teens will be exposed to this great resource.

The authors, both experts in personality type and career development, put forth the idea that choosing a career path based on your individual personality will be beneficial to your success. For those worried that discovering your personality type is a difficult process, don't despair, because the authors make it quite easy.

There are four dimensions to personality type:

Whether you are extroverted or introverted.
Whether you notice things by sensing or intuition.
Whether you make decisions by thinking or feeling.
Whether you prefer to live by judging or perceiving.

Once you've discovered the answer to each of these four questions, you'll be able to discover which of the sixteen possible personality types you fall into. Once you do, you can quickly skip to the relevant section in the book.

In my case, my personality is ESTJ - or extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging. According to the authors of DO WHAT YOU ARE, my strengths lie in organization, being objective, working alone, and being a good decision maker. My weaknesses are also outlined, and include impatience with those who don't follow procedures, a tendency to overrun people, and difficulty listening to opposing viewpoints. Some suggestions for careers, based on my personality type, are as a teacher, government employee, sales, supervisor, or a manager.

Of course the above is not a full list of the strengths, weaknesses, or recommended career choices for those whose personality type is ESTJ - the above is merely a sampling. But I can say with truth that DO WHAT YOU ARE can be a great resource for those beginning their search for a career choice. I can agree that ESTJ is definitely my personality type (faults and all!) and have no doubt that this book has the power to help everyone looking to correctly match their strengths to the perfect career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the best of its kind that I have come across. Other career-guide books manage to only connect careers with people on a superficial level, based on criteria such as your ability, aptitude, what specific skills you possess, etc. 'Do What You Are' forces you to find out more about yourself (traits I never realized I have) before selecting a career. Your personality, in conjunction with your interests, makes the self-discovery process an integral part of your final decision in the end. After reading this, it would be a disservice to anyone looking for what I ultimately found to recommend another book. I found career options that I never knew existed, had never even considered, and ones that I previously thought I wasn't capable of doing. 'Do What Your Are' knows no equal, and neither does its reasonable price. Get it and I can assure you that you won't regret it.
over_par More than 1 year ago
I was laid off earlier in the year and since have found another job. But, in that time I read this book to try and see what fits my personality the best. The good thing is I learned that my current career already catered to my strengths. So I guess you can say I lucked out on my career path. But I was completely open to other possiblities (if the shoe were to fit). While you are reading this book and learning career paths for each personality you may not have the "light bulb" go off in your head. But, this book will get your brain thinking and deciding what is important to you and your career. And that may be just as helpful. In this down economy, if you have the means, there is no better time than the present to start doing or pursuing what fits you best.
Minnesota_knitter More than 1 year ago
As someone who is looking for a change, this book tells where your strengths are in relation to who you are and gives ideas of jobs I'd never even heard of, much less considered for myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt the book was very powerful in my quest to find the career I was meant to be in. I would recommend it to anyone who is lost in their current job and needs some guidance on finding the right one. I just happened to walk by the book when I was feeling lost in my career, which I'm no longer in. It helped me to see where I belong. Definitely thumbs up!
Milkboy33 More than 1 year ago
Provides a wonderful insight into oneself and people in general. Good guide in helping someone who is looking to start or change careers. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The good people at Hound understand how difficult it can be to find a job in this day and age and they have done the most helpful thing possible organizing those job listings in a central location. With the advanced network that Hound utilizes, users can narrow or widen their searches to include or exclude certain listings by entering keywords, locations, and company names in accordance with what they are looking for
HRexpert More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. The author should have included a quick Test to determine your profile since I do not think the average person can identify their personality by just reading the traits. We often do not see ourselves accurately. I have taken a myers briggs in the past but the chapter on the profile did not tell me anything new that I had not learned from previous test results. I think the book would be more effective if it gave the test and then the additional profile data of how to relate those results to your personality. I would not recommend this book.
kola2005 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It provides useful career advice for each of the personality types and lists specific careers that are popular with each. I recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about personality type or for anyone looking for a new career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Choosing a career based on personality type is not a new concept in fact, the first edition of DO WHAT YOU ARE was released in 1992 (and I can actually remember reading it when I was a junior in high school). In this, the fourth edition, hopefully even more teens will be exposed to this great resource. The authors, both experts in personality type and career development, put forth the idea that choosing a career path based on your individual personality will be beneficial to your success. For those worried that discovering your personality type is a difficult process, don¿t despair, because the authors make it quite easy. There are four dimensions to personality type: Whether you are extroverted or introverted. Whether you notice things by sensing or intuition. Whether you make decisions by thinking or feeling. Whether you prefer to live by judging or perceiving. Once you¿ve discovered the answer to each of these four questions, you¿ll be able to discover which of the sixteen possible personality types you fall into. Once you do, you can quickly skip to the relevant section in the book. In my case, my personality is ESTJ ¿ or extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging. According to the authors of DO WHAT YOU ARE, my strengths lie in organization, being objective, working alone, and being a good decision maker. My weaknesses are also outlined, and include impatience with those who don¿t follow procedures, a tendency to overrun people, and difficulty listening to opposing viewpoints. Some suggestions for careers, based on my personality type, are as a teacher, government employee, sales, supervisor, or a manager. Of course the above is not a full list of the strengths, weaknesses, or recommended career choices for those whose personality type is ESTJ ¿ the above is merely a sampling. But I can say with truth that DO WHAT YOU ARE can be a great resource for those beginning their search for a career choice. I can agree that ESTJ is definitely my personality type (faults and all!) and have no doubt that this book has the power to help everyone looking to correctly match their strengths to the perfect career. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for people who do not trust themselves to find their way. However, by categorizing yourself by a personality type, you may limit yourself. I believe in being the best I can be and trusting myself to choose what is right for me. I read Optimal Thinking six months ago and defined my ultimate purpose and most important goals and then took the most constructive actions. I am now in my dream job and am glad I did it by relying on myself to choose what is best for me. You can do it too. Use the good information in this book to choose what is best for you without boxing yourself into a category!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! It has helped me so much! I am a college student and was lost trying to find a major, but I found this book and am on my way to graduating in the correct field!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on recommendation from a friend. This book hit right on with jobs that I really enjoy. It allowed me to explore and think about things that would contribute to 'the ideal' job for me. I recently was considering a job change and I pulled this book back out to see where I should begin. It has helped me focus on what job would help me to be excited to get up in the morning to go to work. On another note- I have bought this book for several friends that wanted to find job satisfaction- it was a great resource for them. I have also bought this book for friends that are graduating from high school or college. graduate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently changed careers from graphic artist to fiction writer and found myself wondering if I had lost my MIND! 'Do What You Are' not only established for me that I had made the right choice, it also helped me to better understand those I work with. I would definitely reccomend this book to anyone whether they are making career decisions or simply want to understand themselves and others better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insights into personality type and life direction
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Titanium13 More than 1 year ago
I've recently been going through some work issues. A friend recommended I read this. Although I've been through my personality type before, I found this book very helpful in identifying more of "who I am" and what my preferences are. It helped me single out what was frustrating me with my current employers, and the type of work environment I prefer. Although nothing has changed at work, I have. I understand where my "struggle" is coming from. Some of the career suggestions were not for me, even though most of those with my type like them. But, gaining a better understanding of myself, and the different types I work with, has been helpful. I've also taken StrengthFinders in the past, and found all 5 of my strengths correlated to my type. I'm still chewing on all of this. But, it's another tool to help bring some clarity to your worklife. If anything, it will help you understand why you react the way you do at work.
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BookDilettante More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a great deal because it gave ideas of what careers match well with particular personalities. For me, the description hit the nail on the head.
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