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					?In today's job market we all need to be more proactive in getting ahead. Every year
most employers ask their employees to fill out a self evaluation. This article will
cover four standard areas of the review process and the steps you need to take to show
that you are performing above and beyond your job responsibilities. It allows you to
be in the driver's seat of the review process.

Writing your own review is always a tedious task. The best way to show you are on
top of your game is to write your evaluation in "tangible format". Tangibles are
measurable and allow you to show how you are contributing to your employer's
bottom line. Example: Coordinated a project for an account from start to finish which
resulted in increased revenue for the division/company of $$$.

Job Responsibilities and Skills
Clearly state all your job responsibilities. List all the things you do every day, from
phone calls, emails, budgets, account follow up, computer skills, projects, and include
such things as:

Strong communication skills, Ability to multi task, Results oriented, Ability to focus
on achieving strategic objectives, Nurturing and instilling confidence in your team
members, and Providing support as a manager.

State exactly what you worked on and whether you worked on them by yourself or as
part of a team. What are your business strategies within the confines of you position?
If you manage or work on a specific account or businesses, are you initiating and
developing those businesses / accounts and achieving their demands? If you have a
dollar figure include it.
Examples: "I manage a team ... I lead the group ... I worked with the team ... on zxy
accounts. I worked on a 50K account, managing the day to day communications."

List major achievements that demonstrate your ability to apply knowledge and utilize
skills in performing your job responsibilities. Push the envelope and say what you did
as you see it. Be honest but make sure to acknowledge all your accomplishments. Use
words like
- Successfully...
- Negotiated...
- Contributed...
- Supported and nurtured

Example: If you actually landed the big account, it is your account. If you worked
with a team to land the account, then state that you worked as a team to land the
account. Either way it shows that you worked to open a new account. Quantify what it
is worth to the company in potential or actual dollars amounts: e.g., "account xyz will
generate $$$ in the next year and has a potential to reach $$$ in the next 3 years."
Maybe your contribution seems small, but you are still contributing to the profitability
of the company. If the numbers are down for the year, consider whether you can say
they are higher than other departments, other offices, or brands you compete with.
There is usually some area or competition that is doing worse.

Overall Performance

Describe areas of strength, growth and those areas that need improvement and or

Always list more strengths than areas that need improvement or development. It is a
good idea to acknowledge at least one area for development (this enhances credibility),
but here is where you can ask for more responsibility and help your boss feel invested
in your development. If you want to move up the ladder and you aren't developing
because your boss doesn't want to spend the time mentoring you or giving you the
responsibility, there is a way to make this point positively. You can address it like this:

Strengths: List what you do and feel confident about. Demonstrate your understanding
of the market place in which your business operates. Don't forget the contribution you
make to the bottom line, whether by support or direct involvement.

Growth: Take some of your greatest moments from the past year where you have had
the opportunity to demonstrate new skills. State strongly that you are up for more in
the coming year.

Describe an interest in being more involved in decision making, working closely with
supervisors on projects that interest you. Put a shared responsibility for this
development on your manager. Example: I would like to and can develop the
following skills ... and increase my responsibilities. I am confident I will be able to do
this with management's guidance and when I am given opportunities to participate
and contribute in new opportunities.

Summary: State briefly what you have done and can do that enables you to continue
to contribute to bottom line growth and generate new business opportunities,
demonstrating performance of your job above and beyond of what is expected by you.

Setting goals for the year:
This is often not included in a review, so it is something you may need to initiate with
your manager. Ask for 4 or 5 goals to be spelled out and weighted. Break it down into
the following three points:
- What are the goals
- How can they be achieved
- On a scale of one to a hundred what weight do they have on your job?

If they or their weighting change during the year make sure you and your boss update
them. That way you will be able to achieve what is expected of you and you can base
next year's evaluation on these achievements or growths.

Good luck with your evaluation, and remember - there is no harm in self promotion!