So I’m getting ready to go through my first performance review. Oddly enough, for all the years that I’ve been working in the IT industry, I’ve never had a performance review. I can’t say I’m excited about it but I’m certainly not nervous either. The time I have spent over the past few days preparing for the review has definitely alleviated any nervousness.

If you’re about to undergo a performance review, I highly recommend you do some pre-work. More specifically, familiarize yourself with the performance review process and the overall goal. Furthermore, and more importantly, start gathering your artifacts. By this I mean gathering the following information:

  • A copy of your job description
  • The goals set on your last performance review
  • Documentation to support your accomplishments
  • If requested, a self-assessment, which may include areas you feel you have done well in and where you need to improve

In a nut shell, you should plan to spend a few hours preparing for your performance review. Doing so, will help to ensure that the overall process is a positive one that contributes to your on-going development.

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