These questions are designed to help job-seekers with developing your career SWOT Analysis.
If you haven’t already done so, please read Using a SWOT Analysis as a Career-Planning Tool.
- What are your advantages?
- What do you do well?
- Why did you decide to enter the field you will enter upon graduation?
- What were the motivating factors and influences?
- Do these factors still represent some of your inherent strengths?
- What need do you expect to fill within your organization?
- What have been your most notable achievements?
- To what do you attribute your success?
- How do you measure your success?
- What knowledge or expertise will you bring to the company you join that may not have been available to the organization before?
- What is your greatest asset?
- What could be improved?
- What do you do badly?
- What should you avoid?
- What are your professional weaknesses?
- How do they affect your job performance? (These might include weakness in technical skill areas or in leadership or interpersonal skills.)
- Think about your most unpleasant experiences in school or in past jobs and consider whether some aspect of your personal or professional life could be a root cause.
- Where are the promising prospects facing you?
- What is the “state of the art” in your particular area of expertise?
- Are you doing everything you can to enhance your exposure to this area?
- What formal training and education can you add to your credentials that might position you appropriately for more opportunities?
- Would an MBA or another graduate degree add to your advantage?
- How quickly are you likely to advance in your chosen career?
- Useful opportunities can come from such things as:
- Changes in technology and markets on both a broad and industry-specific scale
- Changes in government policy related to your field
- Changes in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, etc.
- What obstacles do you face?
- Are the requirements for your desired job field changing?
- Does changing technology threaten your prospective position?
- What is the current trend line for your personal area of expertise?
- Could your area of interest be fading in comparison with more emergent fields?
- Is your chosen field subject to internal politics that will lead to conflict?
- Is there any way to change the politics or to perhaps defuse your involvement in potential disputes?
- How might the economy negatively affect your future company and your work group?
- Will your future company provide enough access to new challenges to keep you sharp — and marketable — in the event of sudden unemployment?
Adapted in part from an article by Dave Jensen, managing director of Search Masters International.