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3 Books That Will Tell You What to Be When You Grow up

There are tons of career aptitude books on the market, ranging from the serious (encyclopedic volumes for career counselors) to the silly (career aptitude and astrology, anyone?). But if you really want to find the job you were always meant to have, you'll want a balance of practical advice and inspiration. These three books are a great place to start.

1. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
By Paul D. Tieger and Paula Barron-Tieger

The gold standard of personality type-based career texts, "Do What You Are" helps readers figure out their specific personality type and which jobs are best suited for them. It also contains workbook exercises that help you discover your strengths and weaknesses, and customize your job search and interview process accordingly.

2. The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One
By Margaret Lobenstine

Do you find yourself bouncing from entry-level job to entry-level job? The problem might not be that you don't know what you want to do for a career. The problem might be that you want to do too many things at once. Author Margaret Lobenstine offers advice for creating a dynamic career path for "renaissance souls."

3. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success
By Nicholas Lore

Awesomely named author Nicholas Lore offers techniques for discovering a job that will fulfill you, as well as just pay the bills, whether you're just starting out, embarking on a career change, or considering a switch to a more entrepreneurial lifestyle.

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