4 Tips for Writing Self Evaluations

If you haven’t had the opportunity to write a self-evaluation yet, it’s probably because you just landed your first real job out of college. Expect one near your 6 month or one year anniversary. They’re often used as evidentiary support to see if you deserve a promotion, pay-raise, or even can determine your termination. They’re very important and should be taken seriously. But while you may want to give yourself the highest marking possible, you want to try to remain somewhat humble—after all, if you’re giving yourself the highest ranking, you might as well say you deserve to take your supervisor’s job. That said, to make sure that you write a strong and confident self-evaluation without sounding too pompous, consider these tips below.

1. State How You Went Above and Beyond

Initially, you want to remind your employer what’s exactly in your job description. That way your employer knows exactly what you were hired to do as well as be reminded of your designated responsibilities. If you’ve managed to do what your job description entails, great. But if you somehow managed to tackle side projects that weren’t in your job description, even better. Employers will definitely take note of your ambition.

2. Highlight Accomplishments

Employers just don’t want to keep someone who is “adequate” at his or her job. They want to keep people on board who are invaluable—someone they can’t afford to lose. Prove to your supervisor that you are needed by highlighting two or three of your biggest accomplishments. Be specific on how those accomplishments help the company as a whole. For example, did the client you bring on generate an enormous amount of revenue for the business? Did your idea help with branding? Etc. Even if your accomplishment was something you did earlier in your career, make sure to document anything that will help you stand out from the rest.

3. Point Out Basic Skills

Talking about your accomplishments is great, but you also want to stress the simple things you do around the office that will make your case stronger. For example, are you always on time? Do you always turn in your assignments on the due date (or even earlier)? Are you a team player and help your co-workers we needed? If any specific example comes to mind, take this opportunity to address it.

4. Ask for Feedback

Of course you have to have something that you need improvement on, or else you’d have a perfect score. When filling out your self-evaluation you really need to be honest. Can’t find anything you need improvement on? Ask some of your closest co-workers, particularly on your team, if they have anything they’d like to add. And don’t get upset if they tell you something semi-negative. You also need to address how you plan on correcting those issues in the future as well as list any other future goals you have for yourself with the company.


This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities advice.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com.