This book has helped more than 750,000 people find truly satisfying work. The book leads you step-by-step through the process of determining 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, this book 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're 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.
An abbreviated excerpt from the book:
The study of personality type is the result of research by Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. They determined that there are four personality preference scales and sixteen personality types. In the 1940s Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers developed the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) test to measure personality type.
All personality types are equally valuable, with inherent strengths and blind spots. Personality type does not determine intelligence or predict success, it does however help us discover what best motivates us as individuals, and this empowers us to seek those elements in the work we choose.
This book describes each of the personality types and as you read about each, think about which sounds more like you. At the end of the discussion of each dimension you'll find a scale. Place a check mark along the scale at the point which you think most accurately reflects you. By estimating your preference for each of the four personality type dimensions, you'll end up with a four-letter code that will represent your personality type.
This type of personality assessment is based on four aspects of human personality; how we interact with the world. We call these aspects dimensions because each one can be pictured as a continuum between opposite extremes, like this:
|(E) Extroversion||-----||Introversion (I)|
|(S) Sensing||-----||Intuition (N)|
|(T) Thinking||-----||Feeling (F)|
|(J) Judging||-----||Perceiving (P)|
You use both sides of each scale in daily life, but you also have an innate preference for one side or the other. Since each continuum has opposite preferences at either end, there are eight preferences in all, each represented by a particular letter. These letters are used in combination to designate the sixteen personality types. Your particular combination of preferences is more meaningful than any one preference by itself.
Everyone fits into one of these sixteen categories. In Part 3 of the book it shows you how to use what you've learned about yourself with a type-specific list of key ingredients for career satisfaction, your ideal work environment, your work-related strengths, and a list of potentially satisfying career options.
Then they provide you with job search strategies that are designed specifically to be effective for you. You learn how to make the most of your natural strengths and how to minimize your innate weaknesses as you engage in information gathering, personal marketing, interviewing with prospective employers, follow up, and decision making. And, should you choose to stay in your current job, the book outlines specific things you can do to be happier and more successful.
Reader Dr Kat Gallagher says,"This book is a must for career professionals. Based on the MBTI, it provides career information relevant to 16 personality types. I've used this with students I've counseled, both as a career and personal counselor, and it makes all the difference between choosing a job and choosing a satisfying career. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to choose a life path that will satisfy the whole person and not just the bank account."
A reader from Orlando FL says,"If you've never taken a personality profile test and are curious how you think, then this book is for you! Learn how you take in and process information - and how you make decisions. Not only useful for you but you can learn a lot about what makes your friends, partners, and coworkers tick. And you get ideas on how to make your work life better, or what fields you may choose to switch to for greater personal satisfaction and job performance.