A few popular books that can help you perform an honest self-assessment in preparation for a career change include:
- What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press 2010).
- Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life by Talane Miedaner (McGraw-Hill 2010).
- Strategies for Successful Career Change: Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life by Martha E. Mangelsdorf (Ten Speed Press 2009).
- The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore (Fireside 1998).
You can take your self-assessment a step further by taking a personality or career assessment test. A few of the most popular ones include:
- Myers-Briggs: A number of different Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment tests are available, with different fees applying to different tests.
- The Career Key: This test matches you to one of six different personality types and suggests potential career options based on the results. There is a $9.95 fee to take this assessment.
- Keirsey Temperament Sorter: This test assigns individuals one of four different temperaments (Artisan, Guardian, Rational, or Idealist) that can help you identify the right career. The basic description is free, while a Career Temperament report costs $19.95.
- Princeton Review Career Quiz: You can take this short quiz for free (site registration is required) to start narrowing down potential career options.
- Monster.com: The popular job-search website offers a number of different personality and career assessments, and most of them are free.