Part of the review process in many corporations involves requiring the employee to write performance review goals. A few weeks before the review, the employee is asked to write performance review goals in which he specifies what he plans to achieve during the next review period. At the next review, whether or not those performance review goals were met can factor into the raise the employee receives.

Step 1.

Review the performance review goals you submitted the prior year. If the performance review goals you wrote for yourself were well received by management, they are a good starting point for writing your performance review goals for the next year.

Step 2.

Identify new tasks that you have already begun. Any new task you have already started working on is fair game for being included in your performance review goals--that is, as long as it did not appear on a prior submission. Including tasks that you have already begun or that you plan to begin soon is a good way to make sure you will complete them before your review the next time around.

Step 3.

Look over the job description for your position. Is there anything job requirements listed in the job description that you are not yet doing? If so, include those tasks in your performance review goals.

Step 4.

Brainstorm ideas for improvement in your position. What tasks could you take on to make you more efficient in your job? Include those in your performance review goals. Include some tasks that could help you move up the corporate ladder.

Step 5.

Choose three performance review goals. After you compile a list of performance review goals from which to choose, select the best three (unless your company requires a different number of goals).

Step 6.

Write your performance review goals in a concise and specific manner. Keep your performance review goals short (ideally one sentence for each). Make sure they are specific so that it is easy to prove you have met these goals at your next review.

Step 7.

Type up your performance review goals in the format required. Many companies provide a form for writing your performance review goals. If your company does not provide a form, type them up in a word-processing program.

Things You Will Need
  • Job description

  • Copy of last year’s goals


Be specific when writing performance review goals so that management can easily tell which goals you have met.