Be diligent about tracking your successes throughout the year. Keep a document easily accessible on your computer where you can jot down small and large wins as they happen. This makes writing your performance review much simpler, and you can focus your brainpower on communicating the impact of your accomplishments.
Prepare throughout the year for your year-end review by saving and compiling documentation of your accomplishments. Make lists and charts of the targets you met and solutions you devised. And be sure to include language about how that contributed to your organization's mission. Save any positive feedback you receive from clients, coworkers, and collaborators. Don't be shy about asking them to share their positive words with your boss!
Then practice, practice, practice! Work on your confidence by practicing how you will deliver this information during the year-end review. You can try practicing in front of a mirror or recording yourself.
I recommend taking the following steps throughout the year to help advocate for yourself in year-end reviews:
This article has been edited for length and clarity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of their employer or the American Chemical Society.
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