ACE YOUR ANNUAL REVIEW
As we look forward to the holidays at the end of the year, we also face the annual review. Instead of dreading it, think positive! The annual review is a great way to reflect on your past year, share your value and project better things for your future. Set yourself up for success and a big bonus by focusing on these 4 things:
1. Have a Goals List
Compare your current status with last year goals’ or last years’ review to put things in perspective. Are you still consistently weak in some areas or have you managed to overcome them? Think about your long-term goals. What areas can you improve on to set yourself up for a promotion?
2. Review milestones and update your CV
Ideally, you should review milestones bi-annually and update your CV accordingly. Take quick look at your inbox and work folders and write down the big projects you undertook this year. Look at some company newsletters and see if you were part of any of the big deals.
By thinking of milestones in terms of what can potentially be added to your CV, you automatically narrow your focus to the best. Not only will you benefit from having an updated CV ready to go should an opportunity arise, you also have essentially a cheat sheet for your performance review as you are able to point out the tangible impact that you have created over the year.
3. Think about Growth
Show initiative and express your interest in future projects you would be interested in working on. There may be upcoming opportunities that you may not be aware of (but your boss does) and vocalizing your interest is a great way to put yourself first in the line for such opportunities.
Another great idea is to suggest training programmes that your company may be able to sponsor you to attend. Any skills gained will be a win-win for both you and the company.
4. Constructive Criticism
Be sure to ask for feedback and constructive criticism. Ask clarifying questions to get down to the root of the problem. Having an honest and open conversation with your bosses will show them that (a) you are keen to improve and (b) will help you get your job done much more effectively.
If there are external obstacles impeding your work, you should also raise your concerns. Be specific in what kind of support or changes you are looking for. Self-introspection is key. Improve yourself first before expecting change in others. Lead by example.
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