Using a SWOT Analysis in Your Job Plan

A SWOT analysis helps you organize and examine the internal and external environments, strengths and weaknesses in the internal environment and opportunities and threats in the external environment. Here is a diagram of how a SWOT Analysis is structured and a completed table with suggestions:

SWOT Analysis
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Strengths

Internal positive characteristics that are under your control

  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Strong technical knowledge within your field
  • Transferable skills such as: communication, teamwork, leadership skills
  • Personal characteristics such as: strong work ethic, self-discipline
  • Good contacts/successful networking
  • Interaction with professional organizations

Weaknesses

Internal negative characteristics that are under your control and that you may plan to improve

  • Lack of Work Experience
  • Limited related education
  • Lack of goals
  • Weak technical knowledge
  • Weak skills such as: leadership, interpersonal, communication
  • Weak job-hunting skills
  • Negative personal characteristics 

 

 

 

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Opportunities

Positive external conditions that you do not control

  • Positive trends in your field that will create more jobs
  • Opportunities you could have by enhancing your education
  • Opportunities for advancement in your field
  • Opportunities for professional development in your field
  • Geography
  • Strong network  

Threats

Negative external conditions that you do not control

  • Negative trends in your field that diminish jobs such as: downsizing
  • Competition
  • Competitors with superior skills, experience, knowledge
  • Competitors with better job-hunting skills
  • Obstacles in your way
  • Limited advancement in your field

Perform your own job planning SWOT analysis using the A SWOT Analysis of My Job Planning (pdf) worksheet.