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20 Dec 09 How To Handle A Self Review

Writing a self review is essentially part of every job.  How you handle the writing of your personal performance review, tells a lot about the job you’ve done.  Bosses gauge the way that your responses and assessments are written, in addition to what you actually write.  Most managers have a great nose for sniffing out lies and embellishments.  But mainly this gives them a great idea if you’re both on the same page, and straying too far from the company’s targets could see you replaced.

So it’s important to take time and care when writing your self review.  Allow yourself plenty of time to get the work done.  That means setting aside time everyday for a few days to work on the self evaluation.  This way you aren’t stressed, or rushing at the last minute to complete the project.  This also gives you time to go over your responses a few times, and make sure that you’re satisfied with what you’ve written.  Don’t turn in a review that you aren’t happy with.

Make sure that you’ve been compiling a list of your accomplishments, as that is a necessity for your self review.  Highlighting accomplishments accurate is a great statement in itself.  Not only do you have the great examples of your importance, but you also show your attention to detail by having the accurate records.  Both are fantastic traits magnified by the self review.

Remember to be honest when assessing the areas where you need improvement.  Nobody is infallible, and if you review suggests that you are, it’s a sham.  Your manager already knows that skills that you need to work on, and wants to see that you agree.  By being honest, and putting your actual weaknesses, you show that you are aware and are working to better yourself.  That’s what a boss wants.

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08 Aug 09 Earn Yourself A Raise

Everyone would like to make more money at their job, because there really is no such thing as making enough money, or having extra cash.  The more money you have, the better your overall quality of life can be, or at least that’s what most of us have come to believe in a consumer driven economy.  So logically, finding a way to increase your earnings is paramount to your overall fulfillment right?  Probably not, but here are a few tips to earn more money at your job regardless.

First off, establish a good work record.  Don’t take too many sick days, in fact stay away from taking any unless absolutely necessary, for at least a three to four month period at your job.  This establishes you as a dependable worker, committed to the company.  Also you appear willing to get the job done for the reasons that you enjoy what you do.  If you’re not always trying to leave the workplace, you look more likely to care what you are doing.  After you’ve gone a good long while without taking any days off, you can make your case for getting a raise with your commitment as a very good reflection on why you deserve more pay.

Also, take advantage of as many overtime opportunities as possible, including days that your boss may ask you to work that don’t fall into your normal agreement.  This shows you to be a dependable worker, and beyond what you can get in the long run, will put some quick cash in your pocket as well.  Plus after you’ve established your loyalty you can make a good case for yourself to get that raise.

Make sure you keep accurate records of agreements made with your supervisors, so that you can show that you always achieve your goals, and that as often as possible you push past their expectations to deliver the best work possible.  Nothing makes a case for why you should be paid more, than doing the job the best that you can, and being able to back that fact up with data.

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