Writing a self-assessment can be stressful and, at times, frightening. On the other hand, doing so is essential to bring you closer to your professional goals, in addition to contributing to the organization. Whatever your reason for going through this process-to hand it over to a supervisor or to put together a personal growth plan-it's all going to be worth it. Talk about your achievements, prove your claims and think of new professional goals.
Part 1 of 3: Reflecting on Your Achievements
Step 1. Set aside time
Putting together a detailed and useful self-assessment takes time, so take time for the process. If you're in too much of a hurry, you'll stop talking about important achievements and opportunities for personal growth, which will make the final product less interesting - as it won't accurately reflect your career progress.
Step 2. Think about goals
The self-assessment should show that you have met the goals you set for yourself and the goals of the company you work for. Most importantly, to show that you are an effective employee, you need to make it clear that you are doing your best to meet your organizational goals.
After completing this self-assessment, you will see if you are up to date with your professional expectations, as you will be able to see if all your work is on track
Step 3. List your achievements
Following your goals, build an inventory of all the work you've done in the last year. Include completed projects, committees and commissions you have been a part of, and reports you have submitted. This list should be very broad: from the customers you served to the organizations you collaborated with.
- Evaluate your materials and working documents, such as emails and reports, looking for examples of your effort and evidence of your achievements.
- When listing achievements, think about how they contribute to your goals so you can pick the right words. For example, if your goal is to increase sales and you're calling prospects, say something like "initial sales" or "greater sales opportunities" instead of "I made a few calls."
Step 4. Don't lose focus
Only include your achievements in the self-assessment, not the entire team. Show how you collaborated on projects and talk about your strengths as a member of large professional groups.
Step 5. Explain the points where you have difficulties
Every professional has weaknesses, and the only way to overcome them is to honestly identify them. Think about these problems to set new goals and choose useful growth opportunities.
- Think of the times you were late in delivering work, needed help, or had questions about how to finish a project.
- Give examples. As with your successes, you should include concrete examples that show why you need professional growth opportunities in certain areas.
- If you cannot identify these weaknesses, talk to a trusted colleague or supervisor.
Step 6. Talk about your initiatives to grow
Talk about the activities you did in the past year for your professional development, linking them to your goals and past problems. Show how you managed to overcome the obstacles and how hard you worked to become the kind of employee the company wants.
Include the activities that enabled you to grow professionally, everything you did on your own, and what you did at work
Step 7. List your feedbacks
Any feedback you've received in the past year is critical in the self-assessment to help substantiate your goals and identify areas for growth. If possible, include criticisms from your supervisors, colleagues and customers.
Step 8. Do something to stand out
Showcase the unique qualities you can bring to the company. For example: did you study at a special institution? Are you bilingual? Talk about these traits in your self-assessment to show supervisors how you can contribute to the local environment and culture.
Why are you different from other employees? Think about what you can bring to the company that goes beyond what is required in the curriculum. This assessment is based on your performance; so incorporate details that demonstrate how essential you are as an individual
Part 2 of 3: Proving Your Claims
Step 1. Check your achievements
Consult your list of well-executed projects and put together a list of everything positive. With this more general view, write a short text to explain everything using action verbs.
- Use these verbs to show what you've done in concrete terms. For example: say you did a study with research results, trained new interns, started new projects, etc.
- Be honest. Don't run away from the truth, even if you want to show your competence through your achievements. Don't say, for example, that you gained experience in the field of administration because you took care of your own finances for a while.
Step 2. Quantify the results
Prove your achievements with quantifiable examples such as stats, percentages, or calculated totals. Say, for example, "I increased customer count by 20%" or "I reduced bug reports and other performance issues by 15%." You can also cite direct calculations such as "I performed five surveys" or "On average, I served four customers a day."
Step 3. Include qualitative data
Prepare a list of qualitative examples that demonstrate your achievements, especially in areas where you don't have hard numbers. Use them to make it clear that you've tried to get accurate data. Say, for example, "I increased customer support by creating a new virtual app."
Use these qualitative examples to show that your decisions were necessary, regardless of the outcome. For example: if you are responsible for a program that prevents young people from consuming alcohol, everything you do will be/was useful, even if you managed to get only one teenager out of the habit
Step 4. Incorporate your feedback into the file
Match positive reviews to your achievements to show that people have already noticed your strengths at work. Only include opinions that contribute to your cause; thus, your self-assessment will be accurate and helpful.
Part 3 of 3: Setting New Professional Goals
Step 1. Review your results
Review the self-assessment, paying close attention to your performance over the past year and your organizational goals. Identify points that need improvement and then study in depth the negative parts you identified; this will show you what areas you need to improve.
Step 2. Set new initial goals
After identifying your difficulties, develop new career goals for the coming year. Try to think of two, and remember that you will continue to try to achieve the company's overall goal.
When setting your goals, remember that you will have to demonstrate your achievements and make it clear that you will have to accept growth initiatives. Write down everything you think is necessary
Step 3. Discuss the self-assessment with your supervisor
Make an appointment with him to review these results and be prepared to explain why he included each piece of information. Show him your initial goals and tell him why you chose the goals you chose for the coming year.
Step 4. Ask the supervisor for feedback
After he sees the results of your self-assessment, ask him what areas you did well and where you need to improve. Also ask him what he thinks of his new initial goals, and ask for help in reworking whatever it takes.
Step 5. Suggest professional growth initiatives
Discuss your past problems with your supervisor and provide ideas for professional growth in the coming year. Listen to his suggestions and be open to joining his ideas. Show that you are willing to face your weaknesses and achieve success.
Step 6. Finalize the document with your new goals
After the feedback you received from your supervisor, finalize your new goals and update the self-assessment with those changes.
- Arrange for your next assessment to be delivered with your supervisor. During this period, set specific goals, taking into account the ways in which you will be judged. Agree in advance how this system will work; thus, everyone will understand each other in terms of goals.
- Update your resume with the assessment.
- Set up quarterly meetings with your supervisor to discuss improvements and goals - and use what you discover in the immediate future.
- Be honest about your achievements and strengths and weaknesses.