How to write a self-analysis essay

Updated March 23, 2017

Writing an essay in which you assess and analyse yourself is becoming more common as part of the job application process. Your self-analysis essay should be honest and accurate, but also written in a way that will convince your employer of your confidence in your abilities to perform the tasks required in the job. Give yourself time to brainstorm, and write and revise your essay well before it is due so you offer the best self-analysis possible.

Write three separate lists of words and phrases that you believe best describe you under the categories of values, interests and skills. These lists will serve as a guide and help you to begin brainstorming and gaining a better understanding of yourself as an employee and person.

Write an outline for your self-analysis essay, beginning with a statement for the introduction. Write a main point to sum up each paragraph of your essay. You can divide your paper by values, interests and skills, as you wrote in Step 1, or you can arrange your essay more chronologically, as you would an autobiography. Regardless of your choice, create a short list beneath each main point that includes all of the qualities you wrote in Step 1.

Write an introduction for your self-analysis essay, which should explain who you are and present a general theme for the essay that highlights your overall analysis. For example, you may have discovered in your lists that you have frequently conquered challenging tasks, or perhaps you have a distinctive creative streak that shows up in both your work and your personal life. Highlight this in your introduction so you stand out to the employer immediately as he starts reading the essay.

Write each paragraph based on the points in your outline. Use the first person ("I") and a tone that is personal but still professional (grammatically correct, free of slang). Include any anecdotes or examples from your life that help support your analysis of yourself.

Write the conclusion, which should restate the overall theme you mentioned in your introduction along with a focus on your future and how you believe the qualities you stated about yourself will affect where you are going and what you do.

Read your first draft out loud. Mark any errors and listen for any sentences or phrases that sound awkward or poorly constructed. The essay should be formal but in your natural voice. Revise and edit as necessary before you submit the essay.

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