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How to Get a Great Annual Review with These 7 Steps

It’s that time of year again. No, not holiday parties. The looming annual review from your boss. There’s still time to make sure that you get the best one you can get as well as tips on how to prepare for a good year next year too.

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How to Get a Great Annual Review with These 7 Steps

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7 Responses to How to Get a Great Annual Review with These 7 Steps

  1. Ragfluw December 5, 2007 at 3:33 pm #

    My toughest lesson on an annual review was that you MUST keep a “Luv Me” list throughout the year. If you don’t, you won’t have enough items to give as examples when you try to justify the wording a bullet point.

    If you say you “Support the mission of the office” you HAVE to have concrete, verifiable examples that back that statement up. Your boss won’t remember, and neither will you.

    Maintain a list of your accomplishments through the year. It makes review time a lot less stressful.

  2. Jerad Kaliher December 11, 2007 at 3:13 am #

    During one review at work my boss stunned me by telling me that I wasn’t detail oriented. I was sure that the way I handled my daily affairs made it very clear that I was.

    I guess that it’s a little shocking and helpful when people bring specific instances to your attention.

    It’s not always the best course of action to deny, sometimes you need to suck it up and learn a lesson.

  3. IPA-IBA December 11, 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    I’d echo what Ragfluw said above – keeping records of things you’ve done over the year is a good way of ensuring that you can remember all the good stuff you’ve done. By the time it comes to annual review, most of the things you’ll mention will be events from the past 2 months!

    Nice article though

  4. 3D Printers December 14, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    Having a nose for sensing when something really important is happening at work. When you see managers worried, that’s a time to jump in head first and show extra effort.

  5. Dana Point Kango December 14, 2007 at 4:46 pm #

    I’m in a fairly new job, having just moved to California, and I hadn’t even thought about the Dreaded and Feared year-end review. I especially liked the self-assessment suggestion . . . it’s made me take a good look at my work to date. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Rapdirt December 18, 2007 at 9:15 am #

    Well thankfully I don’t have to worry about reviews working for myself now… but when I did, I’d be lucky to get a bi-annual review, let alone quarterly as this poster suggests. Implicit with reviews are an expectation of a raise. Most managers want to avoid them for that reason… I’ve found the only way to get their attention is to get other job offers and put them in the position to match or let you go.

  7. Jewelry Luvr December 19, 2007 at 2:38 pm #

    Definitely important to keep a list of things you have accomplished over the year. Don’t be shy to talk yourself up, especially around review time!

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