Using a Performance Review to Your Advantage

Chances are, you left your last performance review with a list of at least a few areas for improvement and professional goals for the upcoming year. You might have even been inspired to work on those targets at the time. But can you even locate that list today?

If you’re like most employees, you find appraisals worthwhile — in a Robert Half Technology survey, 77 percent of workers polled said they consider the feedback from performance reviews to be valuable.

But once the meeting is over, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind. You might have problems from end-users to resolve, meetings to attend, network security issues to address. And the copy of the review with all your key objectives quickly gets filed away or lost in a sea of papers.

If that’s the case, you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage. Those action items are likely to come up in future discussions with your boss, and if you fail to follow through on input received, it can damage your career prospects. The goals were intended to help you not only fulfill your current job responsibilities but also advance professionally, meaning it might take you longer to achieve your aspirations if you don’t dig up that appraisal and get to work.

Make Sure It’s Relevant
The first step is to take a good look at the list and determine what’s applicable today. This is particularly important if your review was more than six months…


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