Your performance review is the best chance to highlight what you’ve done for your company, showcase the skills you’ve developed over the year, increase your pay and lay the groundwork for growing your career. None of these things happen without preparation, so now is the time to get started to make sure you ace your year-end performance review.
6 Tips to Ace Your Performance Review
Talk to Your Manager – Regular communication with your manger throughout the year is imperative to having a great year-end performance review. Make sure that you understand your manager’s expectations so that you can deliver on them. Ask for feedback. Find out where you are excelling and, most importantly, find out where your manger thinks you can improve. Take your manger’s input seriously. Write it down. Create an action plan to improve base on the feedback. Share the action plan with your manager and get more feedback.
Make Your Manager Look Good – Find out what your manager’s goals are for the year. Ask how you can support those goals. Whether you are part of a team or lead a team, make sure everyone on the team understands these goals and the importance of helping your manager achieve them. When your manager looks good, the whole team looks good.
Align Your Personal Goals with Company Goals – Every year companies set goals and objectives. Make sure your personal goals align well with the company’s goals. Sometimes you may be unsure how to do this, so think about how what you do in your job impacts the company. For example, if the companies goals are to increase sales by 20% and you work as an admin assistant, point out ways you improved efficiency to give your sales people more time to sale. There is always a way to connect what you do to the company’s goals. Find it. Knock it out of the park. Then share what you did during your company review.
Prepare – One of the most critical things you can do for your year-end review is to prepare. Write out your accomplishments ahead of time. Practice discussing them. Work on being confident about what you’ve accomplished. Ask your manager if there are any specific areas that will be discussed during your performance review. Take notes. Plan your review around those areas and make sure you can speak to them during your review. Find someone you trust. Practice with them. Have them play your boss and ask you about what you’ve done to meet your goals for the year. Practice will make your more comfortable and confident during your actual review.
Dust Off Your Job Description – Now’s the time to pull out your official job description. It highlights the tasks and projects the company (and your boss) expect you to do. Review your current role. Are the expectations for your job the same as when you started? Have you taken on new responsibilities? If so, point that out during your review. Highlight any new tasks and responsibilities that you have taken on during the year. This can be useful if you plan to ask for a raise.
Review Email and Calendar – Go back and review your emails and your calendar. There may be projects and tasks from earlier in the year that you’ve already forgotten about. Use these resources to make sure you track everything you’ve done for the company throughout the year.
Remember that how you do on your year-end review begins on January 1. Think about and plan for your review throughout the year and you’ll ace it – every year. You’ll also be delivering value for your employer and opening up opportunities to advance with your company.Share this: