how to write your own review
how to write your own review
When reflecting on your achievements, it’s important to include specific examples and statistics that reflect your contributions to the organization. Give detailed explanations that include the what, when, where, why and how of your accomplishments, and include any feedback you received from management about your work throughout the year.
“When I began my role as marketing manager at Acme Rocket Company, my goals were to increase our exposure within the industry, expand our thought leadership and help Acme position itself as an industry leader. Throughout the year, I engaged my team members with three important goals: increase Acme’s presence at industry conventions and trade shows, increase Acme’s visibility at industry conferences, especially those with speaking opportunities, and to enhance our support of Acme’s account-based marketing strategy by developing personalized white papers and research reports for our most important target accounts.
Maybe you’re struggling to work well with your boss, or prioritize assignments, or hit deadlines. You can use your self-review as a chance to explain yourself but also bring these problems to light so they can be resolved.
Ah, performance review season! Hopefully you’re hopping into this stretch with a confident step. But, if you’re not that’s normal, too—you’ll probably want to read this and this to get your nerves under control.
Most people struggle with accurately representing their job performance. It’s hard to be objective about yourself, it’s difficult to make time to do a thorough evaluation, and it’s even more complicated to know what answers will move your career in the right direction. Measuring your own job performance requires a clear plan.
A performance review can be many things: a source of anxiety, a prelude to a raise, a pain in the neck. With the right approach, it can always be a chance to appreciate what you’ve accomplished in the time between the last review and the current one.
Innovation, whether in terms of business strategies or coming up with a new product, is important if you want to keep your business relevant.
“And, the feedback we collected afterwards, after reviews were done, is ‘This is so much easier, much better lift,’ and the whole process felt better for everybody.”
Your self-review is a great place to make your case for professional development opportunities. Remember, in order to get what you want you’ve got to be willing to ask for it. So, even if your boss didn’t specifically request it, go ahead and make your pitch to get that certification, attend that training session, or register for that conference. Your boss will likely appreciate your enthusiasm and desire to amp up your skill set.
What goals was your manager or team striving to reach over the past year? How did your efforts contribute to reaching those goals? It’s important to include this information in your self-review so your manager can clearly see how you’ve contributed.