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Updated on: Personal SWOT analysis is a great tool to assess yourself in order to plan your career. As Confucius once said, " Do a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ".

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Use of a Personal SWOT Analysis

Use of a Personal SWOT Analysis

Your Personal ...

Strengths

Weaknesses

Opportunities

Threats

... Analysis is a great tool to assess yourself in order to plan your career.

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4 Steps to do your SWOT analysis

  1. List down the “strengths”. Knowing these will help you to be more confident in an interview or when looking for a job promotion.
  2. Know your “weaknesses”.  Identifying weaknesses is the best way to improve them.
  3. Find matching “opportunities”. Opportunities come in different shapes and forms. Sometimes opportunities past by you without you even noticing them.
  4. Be aware of “threats”. Identify competition, new technologies, personal traits or obstacles.

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What makes you stand out? "Strengths"

  • What are the professional qualifications/certifications you have?
  • Can your expertise in some area make a difference to the organization?
  • What projects/campaigns have you completed successfully?
  • Do you have powerful industry contacts?
  • What other skills make you stand out from the rest?

What do others think as your strengths?

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How to know your "Weaknesses"

  • Do you have the necessary skills/qualifications to be successful in your current or future roles?
  • Do you have bad habits?
  • What other traits can you improve to be more efficient?
  • What do others think as your weaknesses? 
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    Find your "Opportunities"

    • Can you take advantage of any significant changes/advancements in your industry?
    • Has new technology or industry trend emerged that you can make use of future?
    • Is a new position advertised in your company that matches your skill set?
    • Is there a new project in your organization that you can join which will benefit your career?
    • Can acquiring new skills give you a competitive advantage? 

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    Some "Threats" to consider

    • Is one of your peers doing a better job than you in a similar role? 
    • Is popularity of new technologies or demise of old technologies threatening your career?
    • Are your personal traits hurting your career advancements?
    • What are the obstacles that prevent you from achieving your targets?

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    When to do a personal SWOT analysis?

    • When going to an interview. 
    • When applying for a promotion. 
    • Before a career switch. 

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    The personal SWOT analysis

    The personal SWOT analysis

    Captures information about your internal (S) strengths and (W) weaknesses as well as external (O) opportunities and (T) threats.

    The key to completing your SWOT analysis is to treat your career as a business and yourself as a competitive product.

    The key to completing your SWOT analysis is to treat your career as a business and yourself as a competitive product.

    Understand your strengths

    A personal strength is an asset to you as a product and can be used as a way to differentiate yourself from others when interviewing or trying to obtain your next promotion.

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    Specialize

    Every field has its standards. Once you’ve got the basics down, reach for a lesser known—but still needed at your office—skill or competency.

    Embrace conflict

    Don’t create unnecessary conflict with your co-workers, but don’t run from it, either. See it as an opportunity to better understand someone you’ll be spending 40 hours a week around. 

    Chances are, the other person will respond the same way. Goodwill is taken for granted less often than you might think.

    Ask for help

    At first, asking for help might sound like the opposite of creating your own opportunities. 

    Opportunities are tied to personal relationships. Consider the Ben Franklin effect: By asking someone for a small favor, you endear them to yourself. The reason is that, when you help someone, your brain rationalizes your actions by assuming that you must like that person.

    Self-Assessment

    Carefully evaluate your individual strengths, lifestyle preferences, passions, work style, and financial needs.

    Know both who you are as a person and who you desire to b...

    Research

    • Brainstorm possible job options and investigate them thoroughly. 
    • Learn about the descriptions and qualifications for various positions, typical entry points and advancement opportunities, satisfactions, frustrations, and other important facts.
    • Speak with as many people as possible that are involved in work that is of interest to you to get an insider’s perspective.

    Experimentation

    Internships and part-time jobs are an excellent way to sample a field of interest. 

    They provide the opportunity to perform some of the job functions, observe others work, and evaluate the “real world” workplace environment.