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Do What You Are: Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type: Discovering Your Perfect Career... (Do What You Are: Discover the ... You Through the Secrets of Personality Type) Paperback – 3 May 2001


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US; 3rd edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316880655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316880657
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A how-to guide designed to help readers establish what would be their perfect career through the secrets of personality type.

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Both authors have trained thousands of career counsellors and human resource specialists over the past twenty years.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
You finish the first chapter delighted to have discovered your 'type'. You expentently read the next part and end up wondering if you were right in your self assessment from the first. And thus you proceed, each chapter prompting a re-read of all the previous ones, by confusing you with all sorts of contradictions and unhelpful generalisations. And your reward for this perseverance? A long and broad list of possible careers, 90% of which are repeated for the other three of the sixteen personality types you narrowed yourself down to, leading you to think that personality probably doesn't even matter. If, as I suspect, these career listings are taken from a database of what jobs people of certain types do (rather than what they should do), there's a fair chance they probably all need to read a good career guidance book.
I hope this is just a bad 'Myers Briggs' style book. If it is representative of the theory, I'm far from convinced. As for the 'career' section, it is so generalised that most intelligent people will glean one thing from it: A wide variety of people could do the same job, but they may enjoy it for different reasons. How useful was that?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Jamieson on 30 Aug 2004
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This is by far the best book I have read on the subject. Too often, school - and other - careers advisers seem able to do little more than ask the same old questions; "Do you want to work outside with your hands...in a team...dealing accurately with information?" etc etc. It's really not much help for those who know little about themselves or the kinds of jobs available out there. This book is an excellent step forward in the discovery process. I have lent it to friends who are often astounded by the accuracy of the personality profiles and the job recommendations and ask to borrow it again for reference. I have to say that some have not fitted well into the personality preferences and so have not benefited so much from it, but overall I would highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GlaswegianLassie on 31 Jan 2004
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I found this book helped me to accept that I'm better-suited for certain roles in my work, that we all have a different leaning in that regard, and not to feel bad about finding some things hard. It has improved choices I've made affecting my career. However, I don't think I'd have been ready for the book before I started work: you need a bit of experience to go on before you can assess your own behaviour in the workplace.
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A couple of years ago I found this book on the internet, and as a person who thinks Myers Briggs isn't a bad way to personality profile someone (and recognises there are some limits), purchased this book.

At the time I was struggling to think about career next steps, and as I already knew my personality type, this book helped me in defining a full list of what things I personally enjoy at work, and challenged my thinking in terms of roles could be suitable for me.

I now recommend this to everyone I know struggling with next steps- and have positive feedback so far! (And yes, the role I decided to take following using this book I still enjoy today)
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