Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology, suggests a few practical steps that jobseekers can take to prepare for a half-year or annual performance review. While performance reviews can be stressful, they can also be an opportunity to re-examine your current position, your relationship with your employer and your career goals. By asking yourself some key questions, you'll increase the chances that your performance review will be productive for both you and your employer. With that in mind, Willmer reviews the five most important points to consider when preparing for your review.
Start by reviewing the events of the past year. Examining old e-mails and files may refresh your memory. Take a month-by-month look at your responsibilities and achievements, both expected and unexpected. Keep an eye out for any cases in which you went beyond the call of duty. As you look back, also note any projects that didn't meet expectations, as well as any challenges you've experienced. Chances are you came out of your last performance review with some new goals or areas for improvement. Take the time to find and review last year's appraisal. If there are objectives that fell by the wayside, consider whether they remain important, or if new ones are now more appropriate. During your review, don't hesitate to ask about your employer's current ability to assist you with these goals. Even if you think a raise is richly deserved, take into account the financial condition of your employer before broaching the subject. Also consider alternate ways your employer can express appreciation for your contributions, such as flexible scheduling, work-at-home options or additional benefits.
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