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Tips on Completing Self-Evaluations for Jobs

by Cheryl Hosmer

Your written self-evaluation makes you an active participant in your company's assessment of your job performance. Companies use self-evaluations as part of performance appraisals to encourage professional development and assist in making staffing decisions. Assessing yourself with an unbiased eye isn't easy; the process may make you feel uncomfortable. Stepping back to consider your goals and assess your overall job performance takes time and documentation. Make the process less stressful by following a few solid tips.

Don't Rush the Process

Set yourself up to be honest and objective about your skills, goals and performance by giving yourself enough time to complete the assessment. Don't be distracted when you are filling out your form or writing your assessment from scratch. Relax, find quiet and reflect. If self-evaluations are a regular part of your company's evaluation process, it's smart to keep documentation throughout the year that you can refer to and assess.

Be Specific

Boast professionally, but conversationally, about what you've accomplished since the last evaluation. Remain specific while concisely highlighting your achievements. Be accurate, and don't overstate or understate your accomplishments. Quantify all results using documented facts and dates. For example, don't merely state that you were the top customer service representative in your department. Emphasize that your $2 million in sales contributed to the department's $8 million goal.

Specifically Tie Evaluation to Performance

Delete extraneous information that doesn't contribute to your evaluation. Self-evaluations are subjective, but choosing which relevant, performance-affirming facts to include in your appraisal doesn't have to be a guessing game. Highlight specific projects and specific strengths. Include targeted actions for correcting weak performance and to further develop your skill set. Concrete details will help you and your supervisor hone in on the important issues.

Edit Your Evaluation

Proofread your evaluation before turning it in to your supervisor. Ensure that there are no grammatical mistakes, misspellings or sentence fragments. Change vague phrasing to be more concise. Show, don't tell. Get feedback from colleagues and coworkers. Turn any negative feedback into positive feedback. Don't forget to keep a copy of the evaluation for yourself.

About the Author

Cheryl Hosmer teaches online courses in writing and community journalism. She has written for various newspapers since 1983. She teamed up with author Marshall Terrill in 2001 as an editor of celebrity biographies. Hosmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Madonna University. Her educational emphasis was poverty studies and journalism.

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