TAP In with Tristan : It’s Performance Review Time

Tristan discusses preparing for performance reviews on this installment of the TAP In with Tristan. It’s that time of the year where the dread starts to set in about end-of-the-year reviews. If you’re feeling it, you’re not alone. Annual reviews give both employees and managers anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Tristan covers a few things that can help you throughout this process!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about preparing for performance reviews.

It’s that time of the year where the dread starts to set in about end-of-the-year reviews. If you’re feeling it, you’re not alone. Annual reviews give both employees and managers anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Let’s talk about a few things that can help you throughout this process.

First, think about what you want to get out of the review. Are you seeking a raise? A promotion? Or just recognition for your contributions? Make sure to prepare questions and ideas ahead of time as it’s important to make the most of this one-one time with your manager.

Make sure you’re prepared by keeping notes on your accomplishments, the results you’ve created, and the progress you’ve made towards the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Think about the metrics and key performance indicators you’ve been held to throughout this time and utilize those to quantify your results to really showcase the value you’ve created. Utilize this information during your self-evaluation to show the impact on the business. In your self-assessment, your boss will also want to know areas where you think you can improve, so identify those and how you plan to work on them.

If you’re having some anxiety about an issue that might impact your performance review negatively, I suggest proactively meeting with your manager, even if it’s off the typical review cycle. Taking the initiative will hopefully win you a few brownie points while also helping you curb your anxiety.

Lastly, once you have received your boss’s feedback, try to incorporate it into your goals for the next year and start immediately keeping receipts on how you’re working towards improving.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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