A personal strategic SWOT analysis examines a person's internal strengths and weaknesses and identifies potential external opportunities and threats. This provides an objective analysis of one's personality and career. Detailed descriptions of how to complete a personal SWOT are available from Mind Tools, Forbes and Monster.com.
A popular business tool, an effective SWOT determines how to transform weaknesses into strengths and threats into opportunities. For example, poor communication skills or a lack of education are examples of personal weaknesses that become strengths if one enrolls in a class to remedy the background deficiency, and thereby learn the most up-to-date methods of the field.