It’s that time of year again. No, not the holidays…the dreaded performance reviews.
And, as a leading recruiting agency, Peoplelink knows that most employees view them as a necessary evil (or just plain evil). But we can tell you that there actually is some value in them. For instance, yearly reviews can help you to identify and maximize your strengths, determine areas that need some work, and get on track for achieving goals.
So put down the eggnog and let’s get to work. Here are four tips to help you get ready for your year-end performance review…so you actually get something out of it:
Tip #1: Finish Off Your “To Do” List.
Remember all those administrative tasks your were supposed to finish back in October, but got pushed off onto the backburner? Or that procedure manual you needed to write before year’s end? Get all those assignments – small and large – completed. The last thing you want is to walk into your manager’s office with a list of unfinished tasks.
Tip #2: Make a List of Your Duties and Accomplishments.
If you’re like most employees, you probably juggle a lot of balls and wear a lot of hats. And if your manager is like most, they probably do the same. As a result, they may not be aware of all the tasks and duties you’ve been handling and completing over the past year. So put together a comprehensive list.
Also be sure to make a list of important accomplishments, goals met, positive feedback from clients, etc. This is the time to toot your horn a bit! After all, you are your own best advocate.
Tip #3: Bring Up Any Questions or Concerns.
Your performance review is a great time to go over any challenges you’ve been facing or areas where you have questions or want to improve. So make sure to list any issues you’d like to discuss with your boss, so you don’t forget when the time comes.
Tip #4: Determine Your Goals.
Do you want a raise? Do you want a promotion? Are you happy with the status quo? Whatever the case is for you, know what you want to achieve from your performance review ahead of time and prepare for it. For instance, if you think you deserve a promotion, then you need to be ready to sell your manager on the idea.
Want to Get Promoted to a New Job?
If you want this to be your last performance review with your current employer – and you’re ready for a new opportunity – give Peoplelink a call. As a leading recruiting agency, we’re always on the lookout for top talent to connect with rewarding opportunities. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.