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How to Ace Your Annual Review

August 1st, 2011 by Kira

Annual ReviewThere comes a time that rolls around once a year, in which we are given the opportunity to reflect on our past achievements, recognize what we did best, and assess where we could improve. Thus, the annual review. But have you ever really considered what it takes to ace an annual review, or have you simply been “showing up” for this “routine” check up.

We’d like to encourage you to put as much emphasis on your annual review, especially when you are looking to move up the corporate ladder, as you would a first interview.

Here are a few things you can do to ace your annual review.

Document Your Success

Recording your accomplishments throughout the year will allow you to come to the meeting better prepared. It will also give you a chance to showcase the value you bring to your position and the company overall. If you haven’t documented your successes, make a habit of thinking back to what you accomplished each Friday. Sometimes your wins will be small, but most often, if we don’t stop to consider what we’ve done, when it comes time for our review we will have forgotten. Documenting your success allows you to advocate for a pay increase and show that you are worth it!

Put Effort into Your Self Evaluation

Career Assessment

Most people simply rate themselves well across the board, turn the assessment back in, and wait for their evaluation meeting with their boss/manager. Instead, really think about the questions that are asked – and consider how you can improve. This is a great time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. It also brings awareness to where you are in your position, if you need additional support, training, or if you are ready to advance. The more you contemplate where you are in your career and come prepared during your evaluation, the more you’ll manager will notice how much you care about your position – essentially putting you higher up on the list for a promotion!

Invest in Yourself

If you are looking to grow and advance within your company, be sure that you invest in yourself consistently. That means reading literature on your career role, making connections within the workplace, being a good leader, co-worker, and critical thinker. Don’t just sit back and expect things to happen, if you want something – go after it! Additionally, learn as much as you can about the company, other positions, and exposure yourself to industry news and information.

Overall, an annual review is your next opportunity to showcase your value, secure your place in the workforce, and ensure you get the raise and/or promotion you are looking for.

What will you do to ensure you ace your next annual review?

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