SWOT Analysis for Job Seekers - A Self Career Counseling

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There are certainly many avenues for career adoption while one says good bye to the education after earning the final credential. It may be technical education or formal education that defines its scope and the career related with itself.  While opting for a career, it becomes one's prime responsibility to leave the casual attitude and behave like a professional.

With the passage of time one grooms gradually learning the knack of dealing various type of situations. Professionalism demands maturity with respect to all aspects including the professional as well as personal traits. SWOT analysis, where helps strategic management for organizations, it contribute a lot in decision making while opting a career, switching or any other decision affecting long term planning in individual's life.

SWOT analysis enables one to assess the internal factors i.e. strengths and weaknesses and external factors i.e. the opportunities and the threats.

Strengths, for those who are fresh and going to make a debut, may include the education background, the expertise of relevant profession, any other certification acquired making a plus and of course affiliation with prestigious educational institutions as a plus sometimes. Whereas, for those who intend to switch over, strength also includes the experience in a certain field and affiliation with some well known organization. Personal strengths include the personality & its traits i.e. personal appearance, flexibility, adaptability, attitude, tolerance, aptitude and so on.  

While talking about the weaknesses, there are different perceptions and observations that depict the weakness. But those traits which can be improved are generally termed as weakness. These traits can become the strength if improved, like if somebody is weaken in computer skills it can be improved with some practice and training. Hence identifying the weaknesses is also the strength indeed.

Opportunities are the situations available for those strengths representing one's value to be hired giving certain fringe benefits at the cost of utilization of these strengths. For a fresh candidate, every opportunity is the first step towards the future career and MUST be availed to stronger its "Strength Factor" and overcome the weakness (since remaining jobless for a longer also becomes the weakness for both the fresh as well as jobless persons).

Threats for career may include job security, other competitors available either at less salary or with more previous experience, job terms and conditions making one bound to serve for a definite period of time, competition among the skilled worker class, the demand of expertise, relocation and extensive traveling etc.

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