A strengths and weaknesses list is typically a simple chart with two columns used to identify personal strong points and areas for improvement. To create one, divide a piece of paper or electronic document into two sections with one labeled Strengths and the other Weaknesses. Fill out the two sections accordingly.
The key to a useful strengths and weaknesses list is objective and insightful reflection. Start by considering strengths based on these three categories: knowledge-based skills, transferable skills and personal traits. The first category should be hard skill gained through education and experience, such as technical abilities. Transferable skills are other skills that can be applied in a wide range of roles such as communication or problem solving. The final category is for unique, personal qualities such as creativity, dependability and flexibility.
Identifying weaknesses can be more challenging. Some common weaknesses are aggression, arrogance, naivety and shyness. One exercise to help with this is to think about career obstacles previously faced and what weaknesses may have contributed to them. Creating an honest list of weaknesses can provide answers to questions about weaknesses during interview as well as create opportunities for personal improvement. Being able to show improvement in areas of weaknesses can give a great impression during an interview.