1. Talk about your career
The self-assessment should not be focused solely on your job. It should also be focused on your long-term career plan. It’s an opportunity for you to reflect on how you’re doing in your career, not just your job.
From an employee perspective, if there is no a career plan or it’s not consistently followed, then use the self-assessment as an opportunity to sit down with your manager and discuss what’s really important in your career. Which additional skills do you want to build? Then you need to map out a plan together and make sure you’re in agreement.
2. Keep an open dialogue
Mapping your accomplishments to business value is essential to a more meaningful self-assessment, especially if your company’s performance reviews have a direct effect on wage increases or bonuses.
The self-assessment is an opportunity to build your perceived value, distinguish yourself and show how strong your contributions are. This is a time to really leverage your accomplishments or achievements.
3. Document your achievements
Cover the achievements you completed and be sure to include how and who it helped, as well as the impact on the business. Whether it’s adding numbers to the bottom line or streamlining processes, using specifics makes sure everyone is on the same page and that you concisely tell the full story including the problem, the fix and the end results, instead of simply describing a deployment.
4. Ask how self-assessments are used
Approach your supervisor and ask how self-evaluations are used by the company. Are they tied to bonuses, promotions or rewards? Who will they be shared with? Knowing the answers will give you insight into the tone you should take and how much effort is required.
5. Ask yourself the hard questions
- Where can you take personal initiative and become a stronger employee?
- What could you have done better this year?
- What are your weaknesses and how can you improve on them?
6. Stay positive
Employee remarks should be 90 percent positive comments and 10 percent areas for development comments. Use this 10 percent of the self-assessment to explain your own plan to grow and develop in specific areas over the next year. Don’t bash bosses, co-workers or vendors, instead focus on you, your accomplishments and your professional development. After all, it’s a self-assessment and not a business evaluation.
7. Ask for training
Once you’ve outlined the areas where you’d like to grow, it’s a good idea to demonstrate a plan for how to get there. Use this as an opportunity to ask for whatever type of training could help you contribute more, whether it’s attending an SEO conference or taking a course on the newest version of SQL Server. Now is a good time to put in the request.