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When writing a resume, how do you write about your weaknesses in such a way that will make you more likely to be hired?

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Being a tenth grader in high school, I am required to work community service hours. In order to do this I must get a job as a volunteer or intern somewhere.
In order to apply for certain positions a resume is required to be submitted. I would like to know how to write one to the best of my ability, so I can be more persuasive, and look more professional. Additionally, in the future I will have to write college applications that could also require me to discuss my strengths and my weaknesses. I feel that it is better for me to learn about these things earlier, than have to desperately figure it out in the future. #college #volunteering #job-application #job-applications

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Daniela’s Answer

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Hi Betsy,


I think these good tips can help you. Take a note:



  • Choose a real weakness


In all cases, avoid weaknesses that could raise concerns about your motivation, reliability, basic people skills, or sanity. For example, it may be true that you have trouble waking up early, but now is not the time to chat about it. You’ll just make your interviewer wonder if you’ll show up on time. Even worse, don’t confess that you hate working with idiots (big hint of an attitude problem) or that you hear voices during the full moon (this hopefully does not require explanation).
Pick a skill that is not central to the job, then make sure you describe the weakness in a way that makes it clear that it’s a minor challenge and NOT a constant and futile struggle.
For example, if the position at hand doesn’t require a lot of public speaking, it’s fine to say that you don’t have much experience with public speaking. Just be sure to position it as an area for improvement and not a fatal flaw.




  • Describe how you are already working to improve.
    Everybody has weaknesses. Good candidates are self-aware enough to know their weaknesses — and proactive enough to find ways to address them. So for the example above, you might confess that you have little experience in public speaking and then go on to say:
    “Although my current job doesn’t require public speaking, I know it’s an important job skill, so I recently started attending Toastmasters meetings and I am already starting to feel much more comfortable speaking in front of a group.”
    Other ways you may be working on your weakness: taking a class, reading books, volunteering for projects, getting advice/feedback from a mentor, doing volunteer work.




  • Move on!
    Once you have addressed your weakness and how you’re working on it, wrap it up. Don’t give in to the temptation to keep talking to fill the awkward silence. State your weakness concisely and end on a positive note by describing those positive steps you’re taking to better yourself. Then move on to discussing your strengths and accomplishments.
    Let’s face it, even if you follow our advice, the weakness question can be awkward. You don’t want to drag it out, apologize, or offer endless excuses or explanations. Whatever you do, don’t volunteer additional weaknesses. Keep it short and keep the interview moving.
    If you follow this advice, you can avoid making a mess out of the weakness question during your next job interview. Embrace your weakness and you’ll make a much stronger impression.




In this link you can have a video explanation:
https://biginterview.com/blog/2011/11/weakness-question.html


Good luck!

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NIRMALA’s Answer

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Hi Betsy:


You can start your resume with all the positive things you did when you were a volunteer and that will be your strength. How you improved your skills for example: excellent customer service, communication skills, improved people skill, work well in team, work independently with minimum supervision, excellent decision making etc.
We all have weaknesses. Don't write too much about your weakness. For example: If your weakness is public speaking because you are shy or nervous you can say that what you are doing to improve that skill by taking a public speaking class, joining a discussion group, attending some speaker related events to learn.


Good luck and best wishes

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Rhonda’s Answer

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My recommendation is to tailor your resume to your actual work, school, volunteer and extra curricular activities as opposed to discussing weaknesses there. For college essays, I suggest using perceived weaknesses as opportunities to talk about valuable lessons learned. The essay is your chance to talk about potentially difficult experiences or challenges and how you overcame them. You can search Google for both resume formats and tips of effective college essays. There are tons of pointers and advice you will have to pick and approach that resonates with you.
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