Do Self-Evaluations Make You Feel Uncomfortable?

Focus on these six areas when reflecting on last year's performance

Do Self-Evaluations Make You Feel Uncomfortable? Then focus on these 6 points.
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When preparing for an annual review, you'll want to create a self-evaluation that showcases your strengths, as well as identify areas that need improvement. To create such a document, include the following six key points to create a performance improvement strategy.

Use Words That Describe Your Work Ethic and Values

Make a list of one-word items that describes your work ethic or values. What motivates you to do a good job? What drives you to succeed in your given field? Here are a few examples: driven, hard-working, determined or highly motivated. 

Next, think of work-related events you experienced that supports these words. For example, include that because of the hard work you put in you signed contracts with three new customers last quarter. Or mention how determined you were to implement a new system last year and list the challenges you overcame.

Report The Results of Your Goals and Create New Ones

Refer to last year's review and list the goals you worked toward. You'll want to explain how you progressed toward your goal and how you completed it. If you were unable to complete any goal, including an updated version to work toward next year.

A good way to evaluate goal progression is to rate your job performance in relation to the daily activities that pertain to your goals. Score yourself on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest, to rate your progress. In the areas where you rank low, like in industry networking or acquiring new skills, create a plan to improve your performance

To create next year's goals answer questions like what would you like to accomplish in the next 18 month? What do you want your career to look like in five years? What kind of work gets you so excited you can't wait to do more of it? Next, describe how you will reach these goals. How are you working daily toward your goals? 

Judge Your Job Performance

How well are you fulfilling your daily job functions? Do you put all your effort and time into your projects? Are you meeting all of your deadlines? Think about challenges you've faced and how you could manage them better if you face them again.

Next, on a piece of paper draw two columns. List the strong points of your job performance, and weigh these against your negative attributes. For example, perhaps you went the extra mile to secure a client, but you often arrive to work late.

List Areas of Improvement

Can you think of ways you could do better in your current position? Here's some questions you can think about during your brainstorming session.

  • How well do you fit into your current position? 
  • How long have you been in your current position? 
  • Have you outgrown it?
  • Do you enjoy your work?
  • Are there job responsibilities that can be added to your current position that would demonstrate your enthusiasm about your job or company? 

Your answers will reflect how you feel about your job and where you could improve your performance. perhaps you realize that after being in the same position for five years, you feel you need a new challenge. Or perhaps you realize you feel ready to delegate the grunt work that comes with your job.

Demonstrate How You Were A Team Player

Now, look at yourself as a team member. The team could be your company as a whole or your individual department. Evaluate how you perform as a member of this team. Are you a vital member of your group? How did you help your team reach their goals? Do you have the potential to be the team leader?

If you think you could improve your team efforts mention how you will contribute more to the group success. List what how you'll apply your strengths to a group project. If something is stopping you from working within your group create a plan to overcome this and set a time frame.

Describe Your Desire to Succeed

Do you view your job as a way to pay the bills, or are you working hard on a career you've dreamed about since college? Your self-evaluation is a great time to contemplate your drive to be successful. What makes you want to be successful? Are you going for a job promotion? What motivates you to do a good job?

Honestly, not every answer raised here will be included in a document you give to your boss. But as you review your past performance and your goals, you'll have a fresh perspective on your career. From that perspective, you'll be able to come up with plenty of positive points to make in your self-evaluation.

Updated by Elizabeth McGrory