Putting the VALU in Self-eVALUations

by Ad 2 Tampa Bay | January 29, 2015

self_appraisal1It’s that time of year for some of you. A pretty awkward time for most people when you have to talk about yourself and (hopefully) brag about how great you are and all the awesome things you did in the past year! To make it a little easier, I’ve compiled some tips on writing a “good” Self-Evaluation.

1.)  Map out your goals ahead of time (at the beginning of the year) so you have something to refer back to. Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. (google it) If appropriate, describe how you plan to achieve those goals. Think of your goals as your Career Objective, then develop a strategy and tactical steps to achieve that Objective.

2.)  Start a document to keep notes on throughout the year. Track your goals and list examples of projects you’ve led or meaningful campaigns you’ve been involved in. Make sure they tie back to your goals as much as possible.

3.)  Be honest and think about what your boss would say about you. Since your boss is most likely the person reading your Self-Evaluation (S-E), you wouldn’t want to make-up projects or initiatives you spearheaded that didn’t really happen because surely they’ll know. Review yourself from your boss’s perspective.

4.)  Ask your peers for honest feedback. This can be tough. Sometimes your peers may be uncomfortable with giving you direct feedback. Buddy up with someone – collect feedback from your peers for each other. This way people can be anonymous.

5.)  Be prepared to confront your flaws.Think about those areas where you can do better whether it’s your organization or presentation skills. A good trick is turning your flaws into opportunities. Look ahead at the career or level you aspire to be and see what experience and characteristics they require that you lack. A good rule of thumb is to keep your S-E 90% positive / 10% “areas for improvement”.

6.)  Schedule time with your boss throughout the yearto discuss your goals and your performance. Don’t let your annual S-E be the only time you talk about how you’re tracking; there should be no surprises.

7.)  Don’t talk badly about people you work with. Keep the focus on you and all that you’ve accomplished. It’s okay to mention others who have helped you but make sure to keep the language positive.

Happy Evaluating! And good luck on the promotion!

Stephanie McKinnon | Programs Co-Director