Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron
Little, Brown & Company, 416 pages, $12.91

The fact that someone's personality type can be unknown to them illustrates the need for the book Do What You Are. Getting to know yourself is one of the fastest routes to self-discovery. Most of the book is devoted to determining the reader's Meyers-Briggs (MBTI) type and then delving into what it means in terms of selecting a career. Whether you are just launching your career search or looking to switch careers as a seasoned professional, Do What You Are will help you dig down and discover traits that will illuminate a suitable career direction.

"Most of us are caught in a kind of psychological wrestling match, torn between what we think we can do, what we (or others) feel we ought to do, and what we think we want to do," write Tieger and Barron. "Our advice? Concentrate instead on who you are and the rest will fall into place." The authors take an internal approach to career change that begins by asking questions designed to give you insight into your own unique personality before choosing a profession. Aside from revealing things to readers about themselves, it helps to differentiate personality types of others because people don't receive, process, or articulate information the same way.

Do What You Are not only helps readers identify their passions, but explains why they have them. The authors lament the mystery of why so many professionals work in the wrong type of position. According to Tieger and Barron, if you're in the right job you should:

  • Look forward to going to work
  • Feel your contribution is respected and appreciated
  • Feel optimistic about your future

Although it's not the book to identify your dream career, Do What You Are gives readers the tools to whittle down their career choices. For professionals going through transitions, the authors explain how personality types can shift at different times of our lives. The book is also a must read for anyone considering entering a business partnership as it will help you determine whether you and your associate complement each other.