As part of the employment contract, many employees are required to write a self-evaluation of their performance on the job. As you write a self-evaluation, consider how you can present your contributions in a positive light while showing that you have an objective view of areas that need improvement.
Summarize Your Accomplishments
Your accomplishments on the job should be a major section of the self-evaluation. As you write, use specific examples and clear language that states facts without bragging. Talk about projects you led, new accounts you landed, or ways you have saved the company money or time. Include projects from early in the review period to show consistent work, and include mention of client thank-yous where possible.
Mention Positive Growth
Let your boss know that you are improving by noting growth areas since your last evaluation. If you identified things to work on in the last review, mention them specifically and outline your progress. In doing so, you can show your employer that you take the review process seriously and that you are dedicated to becoming a stronger employee overall.
Talk About Teamwork
Show your employer that you can work collaboratively by talking about your part in team projects during the evaluation period. To show that you can serve in multiple positions, mention group leadership experiences and times when you served as a support staff. Talk about successful collaborations and their positive benefit for the company or the team as a whole. By showing that you are willing to take the lead when appropriate and that you can also take a back seat, you will position yourself as a valuable team player.
Because your boss will probably read multiple self-evaluations, use numbers to make yourself stand out. Specific numbers are powerful, easy to comprehend, and get across a great deal of information about your value. Use them wherever you can in your evaluation: in increases in sales, profits from a project, the number of new clients, or how much money you saved the company.
Identify Areas to Work On
No employee, no matter how valuable, is perfect. As part of the self-evaluation, let your employer know what you want to work on in the upcoming evaluation period. Use straightforward language and focus goals that will benefit the company: increasing sales, bringing in new customers, or cutting your travel time by using Internet-based meeting technologies.
Elizabeth Smith has been a scientific and engineering writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers and corporate publications. A frequent traveler, she also has penned articles as a travel writer. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and writing from Michigan State University.