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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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    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.

    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.

    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?

    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? 
  • 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? 

    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?

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

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    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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    Find out if your performance evaluation is according to what you understand. Identify your goals and key performance indicators with your manager, and discuss accordingly.

    Solve your Blind Spots

    Ask for feedback, learn from it and adjust your performance (or behavior) according to the areas of improvement that you get to know from others.

    Example: After giving a presentation, talk about what went well and ask if there is something that you could have done better.

    Keep a Journal

    Keeping a journal with a record of your learnings and feedback (areas of improvement) can keep us on the right path, and speed up our progress, and learning too.

    Listing out 5 or 10 areas of improvement and tracking the progress in weekly or monthly reviews is a great way to develop your career.

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

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    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.
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    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.

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