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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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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...


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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 "...


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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 proje...


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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 ...


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  • Be sure to know what's expected of you. It’s really difficult to improve within your role when expectations have not been properly communicated to you. 
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Success Is Relative To Others

Just like our salary is valued in a skewed way (people would rather have a 5% increase if their colleagues get 0% than a 20% increase if their colleagues get 30%), our career self-evaluations are largely based on what we think of others’ level of success.

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Bad Online Reviews

If you have to ‘clear your mind’ regarding the companies perception, or bad reviews online, before you make a multi-year career commitment, you can ask in a collaborative way, like: “I noticed there are some concerns online regarding the culture and work hours of the company. I am curious abo...


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