How to write a self-assessment essay

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How to write a self-assessment essay
Confident, career-minded professionals can write a strong self-assessment essay. (professional woman image by nutech21 from

Many employers ask job candidates to complete a self-assessment. This helps the employer analyse your skills and talents and the value that you will bring to the team. A self-assessment can be in the form of a psychological test, a detailed resume or a self-assessment essay. The essay is a challenging format, but with focus and guidance, you can write one that will help you advance your career.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Be detailed, but try to avoid bragging or boasting about your skills. Instead, include facts about your accomplishments that will demonstrate your valuable skills and traits.

  2. 2

    Include all your skills and experience that are relevant to the position you're applying for, as well as where you'd like to take your career. For example, if you're applying for a receptionist position but would like to someday work for the marketing department, include information in your self-assessment essay about your clerical skills as well as your experience in the marketing field. Employers will keep this assessment throughout your time working for the company, so be as detailed as possible.

  3. 3

    Include information about your values. This could be a list of priorities in your life, such as family, education and, of course, your career. Do a little research about the company and find out what kind of values are favoured. For example, some companies are family-oriented. In this case, you should emphasise the importance of family in your life.

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    Add your interests to the self-assessment essay. The employer who will be reading this essay wants to know something about you as a person as well as an employee. Include things you like to do in your spare time, such as volunteer, compete in races or play a musical instrument. Showing that you're a well-rounded person is important, and if the employer happens to share one of your interests, all the better.

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    Don't forget to assess yourself. The self-assessment essay is meant to give employers a deeper look into your skills, talents, experience, interests, values and potential. You don't need to rate your skills on a scale of one to 10, but you should be clear about what you're an expert at, what you've had experience in and which areas you could improve upon.

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