A strong performance review can enhance your job security and boost your odds of financial success.
To ensure a successful outcome, start by reviewing the goals that were set for you in your last performance evaluation. If you’re new to the job, ask your supervisor what you will be measured on.
Next, find out which objectives are most important to your boss and what he or she considers outstanding performance for each. Also ask how you can be of even greater value. If your company has had layoffs or cutbacks, see what you can do to fill the gaps. Exceeding expectations is a great way to receive the highest possible pay increase and to set yourself up for a promotion.
Meanwhile, perform regular self-assessments. Take an objective look at your performance about once a month to determine whether you are on track to meet your goals. Also, ask your colleagues for some honest feedback. If you detect a problem, talk to your boss about how you might resolve it.
Keep track of your accomplishments, and just before the review, craft a summary of these to help refresh your boss’s memory. Be sure to include dates and figures that show how you helped improve your employer’s bottom line, and highlight any work you did that went beyond your normal responsibilities. Further, consider assembling a portfolio of work samples and complimentary memos from your boss, clients or peers.
Finally, prepare a career wish list in advance of your review. Think about what you’d like to achieve so you can share these ambitions with your boss when you meet and get his or her input on how you can be successful.