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Every employee self-assessment should offer an opportunity to detail what you’ve accomplished during the performance review period. As an employee, this is your opportunity to demonstrate the value that you bring to the company using real examples of what you’ve accomplished in the past year.
Main things to note:
- Highlight your accomplishments
- Gather data to showcase your achievements
- Align yourself with the company
- Reflect objectively on any mistakes
- Set goals
- Ask for anything you need to improve
- Get a second opinion
A good self appraisal would be:
Throughout the year I have taken an active role in leading three projects for my team. These projects require me to coordinate a large, global team and drive decisions so that we could deliver each project on time. In addition to managing these projects, I’ve also helped to onboard a new member to our team.
Also, bear in mind the followings.
- Include facts and figures– Keeping a journal of your accomplishments and work results throughout the year can pay off when it comes time to write your annual self-assessment.
- Be specific– Vague sentences in your self-assessment end up being meaningless to the reader, but if you can quantify your results with something specific, the reader can better understand the impact that your results had. Saying “I responded to customer inquiries in a timely fashion” is much less meaningful than saying “I responded to all customer inquiries assigned to me within 24 hours and assisted with other team members as well”.
- Rationalize results– If you’re talking about a success that you had, explain how you achieved it. Write down who else contributed, how responsibilities were divided, or what extra steps you took to ensure success. If you took a special initiative to ensure the success of a project, this is a good place to document that. If you came up short on a goal, this is the place to document what you learned through that experience, and/or what resources could have lead to more success.
If you have a mentor, use the input you receive to make sure your self-appraisal comes across as professional, positive and productive.