For some professionals, it’s that time of year again: annual review season. While some may think of it as a chore, others choose to view the performance review as an important event worthy of significant thought and preparation. Guess which approach is better for your career?
Here are five tips from the experts at Robert Half International for making the most of your annual review:
1. Highlight your most notable accomplishments. Don’t assume that your boss has kept track of all your achievements. Compile a list of key contributions you’ve made in the past year and bring them with you to the meeting.
2. Quantify your contributions. Don’t just cite your successes; link them to the positive effects they’ve had on your company. Did you identify a new solution that saved your employer money? Did you increase your output despite taking on the duties of a colleague out on leave? Reflect upon your biggest accomplishments – and document them in detail.
3. Be optimistic yet realistic. Your hope is that your hard work will lead to a bonus and salary increase. It might. But don’t focus solely on your compensation. If a salary boost isn’t in the cards, remember that flexible work options or changes in responsibilities can boost your job satisfaction too.
4. Explore training options. This is an opportunity to pinpoint potential career growth. Consider asking if your employer will pay for some training opportunities. Have ready a list of conferences or classes that will help you build the skills you need to advance your career.
5. Don’t fear feedback. Rare is the employee who receives a perfect review. Be prepared to hear about areas in which you can improve.