Include Needs On Self-Reviews To Make Your Boss Aware Of Your Career Goals

Nobody likes doing the dreaded yearly review and self-appraisal. As you're putting together your list of accomplishments, Harvard Business Review recommends including what you need to improve and get ahead.

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We've walked you through the process of a self-review, and it's never an easy thing to do. That said, when you're getting everything in order, it's important to consider what you need to improve as well. Harvard Business Review explains:

Smart employees use self-appraisals to lobby for career development opportunities. Even if your boss doesn't explicitly ask for this, Butler says you should include it anyway "because if you don't ask, it's not going to happen." Be specific. Explain the aspects of your job that most excite you and suggest ways you can become more involved in those things. You might ask to be included in certain brainstorming meetings or request funding to take a class on data analytics. Just remember to make sure these requests reflect what your business unit needs as well.

When you're balancing all that good and bad in your self-review, looking to the future of your needs is a great way to show your engagement.

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal [Harvard Business Review]


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