6 Tips on How to Assess your Skills and Weaknesses in a Performance Review

How to Assess your Skills and Weaknesses in a Performance Review Know how to focus on your strong points and not just your soft skills.

Do you know how to write a self-assessment as a part of your year-end performance review? If you’re not sure how to rate yourself, here are some tips to help you:

1. See it as an opportunity.

If you’re dreading the self-assessment, it’s best to look at it from a positive perspective. Think of it as a chance to remind your manager of how you get things done. He or she may not be aware of your methodologies, especially if your boss manages a large number of people.

Use this opportunity to spot where you and your manager possess different perspectives on your work. If you think you’re doing a great job while your boss thinks otherwise, that issue needs to be addressed.

2. Keep your focus on what you have achieved.

Forget about focusing on your soft skills. Since it is a performance evaluation, try to assess what you have achieved concretelyinstead. List all your major goals during the year and think about the progress you have made to-date. Try to be as specific as you can.

3. Stop being falsely modest when rating yourself.

False modesty is not what your manager is looking for. Rating yourself lower than you deserve is not the right thing to do. Itweakensthe value of the assessment. Think of it as a way for you to show your manager what you’ve beendoing at work.

4. Don’t give falsely high ratings, either.

It’s best to be honest when rating yourself. If your manager has been coaching you to improve your work, you might be lacking self-awareness when it comes to your work performance. You can ask a colleague to help you.

5. Know the areas where you need to improve.

If you think you’re struggling, you can use the opportunity to reflect on how you can improve. Your manager may have to talk to you about it to address the issue. It is better to acknowledge the problem beforehand so it’ll be easier for you to know what actions to take the next time you encounter the same situation.

6. Check last year’s performance evaluation.

It doesn’t hurt to look at your previous evaluation to see if you’ve met your goals for the year. Have you been making progress? Reviewing last year’s documents can help you rate yourself more accurately.

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Alan Carniol

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