Personal Note from Julie: Performance Reviews Don’t Have to Be Stressful!

Oct 28, 2016 | Career Development

performance reviewsWhether you love them or hate them, annual performance reviews are a part of every admin’s job. And they’re extremely beneficial – not just for your employer, but for you, as well! It’s exciting to see how far you’ve come in the past 12 months and satisfying to reflect on all of the progress you’ve made.

But an excellent performance review isn’t a stopping point. In fact, it should serve as an incentive to work even harder in the future. Constant innovation is necessary for any administrative professional if they hope to remain relevant in their field.

Consider these tips for your next performance review.

Come prepared. Prep for your performance review as you would for an interview — because it is an interview, of sorts! Except in this case, you’re proving why you should keep the job or be considered for a promotion and raise. Show up with a put-together appearance, and be prepared to answer tough questions like “What do you think you could have done better this year?”

Make it visual. Don’t stumble into your executive’s office clutching a cup of coffee and a notepad on review day. Show up with your professional portfolio and your list of specific accomplishments for the past 12 months. In fact, it’s even better if you can give your executive time to review your accomplishments and preview your professional portfolio in advance of your review. (More on this in our feature article.)

Sell yourself. What have you done in the past six to twelve months that no one else in your organization has done? What makes you valuable? Did you implement new procedures or save the company money? Sound off about it! Now is also the time to tout any new certifications or training that you attained since your last review.

Whether you’ve aced your previous reviews and are looking for new ways to wow your executive or you’re trying to prepare for an upcoming review, we’re sharing the tips you need to succeed on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages this week. This week’s feature article also delves into how to ensure that your next performance review is the best one yet!

A performance review doesn’t need to be something you dread. With a bit of calculated effort throughout the year, your next review could be something you actually look forward to!

Supporting your administrative success,

Julie

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