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How to mention weakness in the self assessment section of an employment form

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Shreya Bansal

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( 7 months ago )

I have been trying to write this section of "Developmental Areas" in a employment form given by my organization. This is the place where I need to cite a few of my weaknesses.

I actually want to state that "I pay attention to detail in every aspect. (which is actually a positive point). But sometimes in doing so it tends to getting my work completed beyond normal time, meaning my over perfectionism tends to create issues of delay in project completion."

Now I would like to state that point in a direct manner without being overtly harsh and honest. How can I explain this clearly without making myself look bad/exaggerating the issue?

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Jadav Payeng

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( 7 months ago )

I would focus on areas where you want to grow or receive training. These do not need to be weaknesses. Rather areas where you do not have the knowledge or training you would like.

ie: I would like to be trained on the new ACME 2012 EOW Solutions package. You can also include certifications, licencing, or professional development that would help you grow in your field.

If you have a path you would like to take to address your "Attention to Detail" issue then you may want to include it. However including it in this form will likely hinder your career growth. Prospective managers in the future are liable to look at the issue and even if you have made corrections it is likely to be used against you for your entire career with the company. Even though the document is an employment form do not assume that it will not be used in determining future assignments.

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