Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, it's likely that you'll have quarterly or annual performance review. Not only are these evaluations a tool for bosses to determine whether you're ready for more responsibility--and more pay--but they are a way to identify whether there are areas in which you could benefit from more training or attention to detail. While many employers like to rely on their own observations in drafting a performance review, it's not uncommon for employees to be asked to write evaluations about themselves and what they feel they need in order to do their jobs better.
Make a list of all of the duties associated with your job. Compare this list to the job requirements of your position. If those haven't been updated recently, it's likely that certain tasks have either dropped off with the passage of time or that you've acquired new responsibilities during your tenure. These changes should be reflected in your evaluation so your boss will have an accurate picture of what you're doing.
Identify the accomplishments you've had since your last review period of which you are particularly proud. This isn't the time to be shy. Focus on experiences in which you saved the company time or money, initiated improvements in existing operations, resolved problems, assumed a leadership role, or contributed to the projection of a favorable image of the business to its clients, customers, shareholders or the general public.
Discuss any areas of your performance in which you could use more support or training. If, for example, you work in customer relations and have noticed an increase in clients who speak Spanish, a request for foreign language classes would allow you to communicate more effectively in resolving their concerns. Another example would be if you identify specific software or hardware upgrades to help you perform your duties more efficiently.
Articulate the types of work experiences that will not only facilitate your reaching your goals but also enhance your value to the company. This lets your supervisor know that you're ready to assume more--or different--responsibilities and prepare yourself for promotional opportunities. These plans may include the pursuit of a degree, a training and development assignment, or a transfer to a different division to acquire new skill sets.
- "Career Anchors: Self Assessment"; Edgar H. Schein; 2006
- "2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews: Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases That Really Get Results"; Paul Falcone; 2005
- "Perfect Phrases for Setting Performance Goals: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Goals for Any Performance Plan or Review"; Douglas Max, Robert Bacal, Douglas Max and Robert Bacal; 2004
Ghostwriter and film consultant Christina Hamlett has written professionally since 1970. Her credits include many books, plays, optioned features, articles and interviews. Publishers include HarperCollins, Michael Wiese Productions, "PLAYS," "Writer's Digest" and "The Writer." She holds a B.A. in communications (emphasis on audience analysis and message design) from California State University, Sacramento. She also travels extensively and is a gourmet chef.