To carry out a personal SWOT analysis to become more self-aware can help you to produce a video CV you can be proud of. Why? By doing a personal SWOT analysis you get the chance to reflect on your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and be more mindful when you decide how you best want to present yourself in your video CV.
Follow the following Personal SWOT analysis guidelines and complete your Personal SWOT Analysis template (Annex 2.3.1):
Focus on the goal you want to achieve, which is to successfully present yourself for a job application by making a video CV.
Thinking specifically about that goal:
Identify the personal strengths that will help you achieve it, and the weaknesses that could prevent you.
It is often helpful to consider knowledge, skills, experience, resources, and support that you have available. If you list these headings separately, you will remember to consider them all. These areas are generally internal, that is, they relate to you personally, and the resources and skills that are available to you. They are, therefore, things that are generally under your control.
Identify any personal opportunities that could enable you to achieve the goal, and that you will be able to take advantage of when you have achieved it.
Opportunities are generally external, relating to the environment and those around you, rather than you yourself. They include things like promotions and financial incentives; and events that are likely to happen at school, work, home, or outside, such as something happening beyond your control that might mean you have a chance to do something new, e.g. one going on maternity leave or sabbatical. In identifying opportunities that might open as a result of achieving your goal, consider both short and long-term benefits.
Identify any threats. These are external things and events that are worrying you, or that might happen and prevent you from either achieving your goals or taking advantage of the benefits.
Review your analysis and prioritise. Ask yourself: Is this recognisably me? Is there anything that I have forgotten?