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How To Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis

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.

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How To Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis

How To Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisaquast/2013/04/15/how-to-conduct-a-personal-s-w-o-t-analysis/

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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.

Know your weakness

A personal weakness is a liability or an area of opportunity for growth.

Examples: Disorganized, uncomfortable speaking in front of groups, tendency to procrastinate, poor listener.

Threats as possible Opportunities

As objectively as possible, judge your threats and determine possible ways to overcome them.

Example of a Threat: Other candidates have college degrees.  Turn it into an Opportunity: Go to night school and finish my bachelor's degree

The purpose of a SWOT analysis

- To identify actions you can take to best meet the requirements of the job or promotion you are seeking.

- Comparing your strengths and weaknesses to the job requirements will identify gaps and help you prepare to be the best candidate for the position to which you aspire.

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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.

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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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.

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How to tell if you’re in the wrong career

Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Is your paycheck the only thing fueling your workday?
  • Are you a chronic complainer?
  • D...

How to change careers

  • Do an assessment. Make a list of your strengths, weaknesses, what you like and hate to do. Look outside and ask what industry lines up with the things you wrote under strengths and likes.
  • Avoid dwelling on the past. Take what you’ve learned and move it to an industry that’s going to suit you better.
  • Jumping ship isn’t always the answer. Walking away from an unfulfilling career isn’t always an option, especially for those who can’t afford the financial consequences of making a switch.
  • Don’t react too quickly. Know the kind of person you are and the kind of job you would enjoy before you can look out at the universe of jobs that are out there and make the move.