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Performance review self-assessment

Performance review self-assessment

It is best not to rush through writing up a summary of your year. Your employer will ideally let you know what the performance reviews are used for and the effect they could have on your career.

Year-end evaluations can be a way to get your boss up to speed on what they may have missed, but they can also be used as part of the compensation cycle. Therefore, you have to be strategic about what you advocate for.


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Don't be vague. Be specific in mentioning relevant progress

Vague statements include being a good co-worker, well-organised or a good communicator.

  • Instead, mention specific and relevant accomplishments. Share how they happened and why you could achieve them. Ensure to quantify the impact it had on the business.
  • If you don't know how to mention a win, ask yourself why it mattered. What was the effect?
  • Consider the people you work with (your manager, colleagues, customers). Gather emails, reports and communications that support your work, then ask yourself what you did to make their life easier and how you can improve?


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Share what you want to improve next year

Leaving out areas for improvement could be a missed opportunity to make the evaluation a pitch to your boss about what skills you would like to learn or ideas you want to explore.

If you want to move up the corporate ladder, ensure your self-evaluation reflects that. If you feel you are ready for more responsibility or a promotion, express that.


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Don't blame others for your setbacks

Using the pandemic as an excuse for not performing your job in the best way is not going to put you in the best light.

Language that shows you are stagnant, such as "we did not have enough resources", will taint your evaluation. Instead, use words that show you are moving forward, such as "I was able to be agile during our challenges and changes."


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Keep track of your accomplishments and results

It's difficult to remember in December what you worked on in February.

  • Habitually keep track of emails, collaborations and projects that are applicable to the team and business goals.
  • Every month, ask what you did that month. What stood out to you? 
  • Keep track of project milestones reached, emails with positive feedback, reports with sales numbers or other metrics and moments that make you proud.


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