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Performance Review 101: Recording Personal Accomplishments

Do you remember all that you accomplished in your career 8 months ago? How about 4 months ago?

Performance reviews are a regular part of most workplaces, often occurring at regular intervals (yearly, quarterly, etc.). Some employers require more frequent reviews during the first month, 90 days and 3 months of employment. Knowing how frequently you will be reviewed and by what standards your success will be measured are key components of job success. I’ve got a tip that will make your review process be more pleasing than dreadful.

At the beginning of each review period, create a new document to record your accomplishments. Schedule time at the end of each week (for me, it’s Friday at 4 pm) to reflect on what all you’ve done that week. Write down what you did well, any projects you completed and what successes you won. It doesn’t have to be a long list; just two things per week will net you a list of 104 accomplishments in one year!

If you’re struggling to think of things to write, or don’t seem to have many accomplishments to record, it’s probably time to start keeping a list of goals. Zig Ziglar said, “if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Make sure you have clearly defined goals and expectations, review them with your supervisor so you know you’re moving in the right direction and then keep track of the steps you take along the way.

By the time your review rolls around, you’ll have a nice addendum of accomplishments to add to your file. This list could serve as evidence of your value to the company and justification for a raise or other job perk (more flexible work hours, ability to work remotely, nicer workspace, etc.).

How do you keep track of your career accomplishments?

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