As IT recruiters, we are aware that a difficult part of the IT job hunt is not knowing what your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are. Knowing all of these aspects about yourself and your life will allow you to reach a better understanding of what you want from a job and how well suited you are.
SWOT analysis is normally used as a tool for businesses to analyse where they are at a given time. However, as IT recruiters, we like to see everything as an opportunity for learning, growth, and self development. Here is how you can use a SWOT analysis to analyse where you are right now, and how you can form a plan moving forward to your IT job or IT career.
You can identify your strengths by simply and honestly asking yourself; “what do I excel at?” there is no need to be humble when you are asking yourself this question. If you are a natural IT genius, and you know it, you should be aware of it without having to humble yourself. Otherwise how will the right opportunities find you?
A second question you want to be asking yourself is; “what do I enjoy doing?” We all have hobbies, whether we know it or not. They typically consist of reading, watching, listening, doing etc. But what exactly are you focused on when you read, watch, listen? Do you find that you spend most of your time sucked into the tech section of YouTube? Engrossed in a thrilling podcast of “This week in tech”? We’ve all been there. You will see that you know more than you think that will advance you in your IT job or career.
The last question you should ask yourself is, “what are my personality traits?” and which of these can be seen as strengths. This is one of the easiest ways to find out what soft skills you have, and how each of them is a strength that will help you determine what kind of IT job you will enjoy and fit in best at. Are you a friendly, outgoing person? Are you an independent worker? All of these can be turned into a strength that will lead you down the right path for you.
How to find out your strengths
This is not the time to be humble or put yourself down. It is important to know what you are capable of in order to see where you can go. If you are yet able to identify your strengths, you can ask the people around you. It is best to ask people that will be honest with you, for example your closest friends, your family, your partner, or your current employer.
What are your weaknesses? Believe it or not, this may be an even harder question to answer. Identifying them can be a tricky task, especially for yourself. Here are some good tips on how you can identify your weaknesses:
What tasks do you leave last on your to-do list? This does not necessarily lead to you finding your weakness, however, identifying the reason that you put them right at the bottom might be of use. Perhaps it is because you need to use a particular software that you might not have a lot of patience with. Walk yourself through the steps, from beginning to end, of the tasks at the bottom of your list, and see where you struggle.
Another way which you can identify your weaknesses is realising when you ask for the most help. We all need help from time to time in the workplace, but if you find yourself repeatedly asking for help in a particular area, you know that it is something you struggle with.
How to find out your weaknesses
It’s important to know where you can improve. Everyone has weaknesses, so don’t be too hard on yourself on this one. After self reflection, a good identifier of weakness can be the people closest to you. Those who have seen different aspects of your personality and who will be honest.
We help in preparing our candidates for the interview process of an IT job, as well as how to boost their profile as talented IT candidates to make them stand out to their ideal employer.
This is the most important subject of the SWOT analysis. Identifying what or who can help you move forward into your next career step, will actively help you to seek out where you can find your next opportunities. How can you find the right people and situations that will help you get ahead? Here are our best tips:
Don’t disregard any opportunities. It is not uncommon to overlook opportunities, some of which we may not even realise may be opportunities.
Networking is key. One thing to take away from this is that nothing is that everything is an opportunity. The more you extend your social circle and professional network, the more opportunities you will have to meet the people that will help you along, and the more open you will be to opportunities.
Threats are something that people may recognise as negative, thus a lot of people do not touch upon this. However, it is important to know what are the things that can threaten your success for a possible IT job or IT career. This can be from you personally, or from others.
The possible threats that you may impose on yourself may be things such as; lack of knowledge in a certain area; your attitude towards something; your lack of resources to carry out a particular aim. This can all be helped by identifying your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, to be able to overcome the threats that you impose yourself.
We want you to be able to become fully aware of your capabilities and how you can put them at use for your benefit and the benefit of others. You can take a look at the Speech Inspired YouTube Channel where you can find Leon guiding you through a personal SWOT analysis, as well as finding out more how you can become a top candidate for your next IT job.
As IT recruiters, Speech Inspired want you to take full advantage of your opportunities. Why not take a look at the opportunities that we have for you on our job listing page?