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Give Yourself A Personal Job Performance Review

If your employer has a formal job review process, then you want to take advantage of that.  However, many companies do not have a formal review process.  In this case, you should still try to get some feedback from your boss.  But you should also give yourself a personal job performance review.  Effective performance reviews accomplish three main things:  measure progress; set goals; and define an action plan.  Whatever your job situation -- if you work for yourself, are currently employed or are in between jobs -- give yourself a personal job performance review.

If your employer has a formal job review process, then you want to take advantage of that.  However, many companies do not have a formal review process.  In this case, you should still try to get some feedback from your boss.  But you should also give yourself a personal job performance review.  Effective performance reviews accomplish three main things:  measure progress; set goals; and define an action plan.  Whatever your job situation -- if you work for yourself, are currently employed or are in between jobs -- give yourself a personal job performance review.

Measure your progress by updating your resume.  What have you accomplished in the last three, six, nine and twelve months?  Is this more or less than you had planned?  If you are self-employed, have you hit your revenue and growth targets?  If you are in-between jobs, what have you done towards your job search or career development?

Set or re-set goals.  Do you need to continue with the plans you made for this year?  Have circumstances changed to warrant new goals?  If you are an employee, has your company or industry changed where it may make sense to develop new skills, focus on different areas or look for a new job?  If self-employed, will you focus on the cost or revenue side of the business?  If in-between jobs, will you focus on finding new job prospects, networking with existing targets, interviewing skills, or learning a new trade?

Define a concrete action plan.  Based on the goals, what exactly are you going to do over the next six months?  How does this translate month-by-month, week-by-week, and day-by-day?

Reviews that measure performance are great for holding you accountable to your plans.  Reviews that help clarify old goals or identify new goals are great for providing short-term direction.  Most importantly, the outcome of a review should be actionable steps.  I coached a mid-career researcher last week who felt adrift in her career.  When we actually itemized where she was and what she needed to do, she felt energizedScience Articles, inspired and much more confident.
 
You might think you have not accomplished anything in the last few months but think differently once you’ve taken the time to itemize your accomplishments.   Maybe your circumstances have changed to render whatever actions you have taken obsolete and you want to redirect to ensure you stay on track to your goals.  You can always progress further along than you are now.  Give your career a review and act accordingly.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Caroline Ceniza-Levine helps people find fulfilling jobs and careers, as the co-founder of SixFigureStart®, career coaching by former Fortune 500 recruiters.   Caroline has recruited for leading companies in financial services, consulting, media, pharmaceutical/ healthcare, and technology. She is the co-author (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and others) of the best-selling “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” 2010; Two Harbors Press.  Visit http://sixfigurestart.com/ to sign up for the free e-newsletter with career tips and invites to free teleclasses.



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