Writing a performance review for yourself

While you may be nervous about writing your own self-evaluation for a performance review, this is a premium opportunity to brag about yourself in a controlled manner. Basically, you are given permission to let your boss know about all of your productive activities that he may have overlooked. Effectively using the performance review as a way to solidify your position in the company is accomplished by taking several approaches.

  1. Note specific accomplishments you have achieved during the review period. Think over situations you had with clients or outside vendors where you handled a situation well and make note of it. If your department has numbers you’re supposed to meet in regard to sales or production, measure your final calculations against those and showcase where you did really well. Also, don’t forget about goals you met early on during the time you are reviewing.
  2. Gather insight from your co-workers. If you have solid relationships with the people you work with, ask them about your performance during the review period. They will likely have opinions about matters that you didn’t notice or consider on your own. Of course, sift through their comments and highlight the ones that shed a positive light on your work.
  3. Point out some skills you can work on to improve your overall productivity. While it’s great to emphasize your positive aspects, it’s unrealistic to convey that you have nothing to work on. You’re more likely to present an effective evaluation of yourself if you provide your boss with a way to improve something that’s a struggle for you. It’s also a convenient time to mention office machinery or software that would help you be more productive.
  4. Provide your boss with an action plan. Taking the step of pointing out your flaws further by giving your supervisor what a list of what practical executions you’ll be performing in the future to address those issues. Don’t leave it up to your boss to make a plan for you but rather take the initiative and set one yourself. This will show your boss that you not only recognize the problem and have thought through it, but that you also care enough about your job to do better at it.
  5. Follow the instructions you’re given completely and finish more than one draft. Review the directions you were provided by your supervisor when writing your evaluation and make sure you are supplying what he asked for in terms of information and presentation. Once you’ve completed one version, review it and sleep on it. With fresh eyes, read over what you wrote and make changes where necessary.

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