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How to Write an Impressive Self-Performance Review

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Most companies will have a training and development plan for staff, so occasionally staff members are asked to write a self-performance review. This has several aims. It tells the company about what you feel your strengths and weaknesses are and what ambitions you have for the future. This is a big chance to show drive and motivation, and writing an objective self-performance review is not as hard as it first appears.

Create a professional-looking document. Choose a standard font, such as Arial or Times New Roman, and stick with it. Create a header containing your name, your job title, and the date. Number each page.

Begin by summarizing your current position. What responsibilities do you have? List everything your job entails, and give an accurate picture. This is especially important if you do extra duties not included on your job specification.

Write down your accomplishments. This could be anything, from streamlining work to make it faster and more efficient, to solving workplace disputes.

List your challenges. This may be things that you can do, but feel you would be more efficient at if you were better trained, for example, learning a foreign language or taking a finance course. You may just feel a system or process needs to be updated.

Provide solutions to the challenges. If you are finding finances hard, suggesting a finance course solves the problem and benefits the company. Justify anything you ask for, but don’t be afraid to suggest improvements. You are showing management your initiative.

Write about your future plans. How do you want to develop? Is there a role you are hoping to move up to, do you want to end up in management, or are you interested in the workings of a new department in the company? If you are happy in your current role, suggest additional responsibilities or training that you would like.


Be specific, and make sure your comments are justified. Management wants to see a balanced look at your strengths and weaknesses and is much more likely to help you develop if you have a strong argument. Try to link your future plans to the company’s core mission. Show that you are heading in the same direction.


Don’t exaggerate, but don’t sell yourself short either. Be honest and objective.

About the Author

Elle Blake has been writing since 2006. Her articles regularly appear in "All Women Stalk," "Parenting," "Education Plus" and "Glamour." She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in early childhood studies and primary education and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in animal welfare and behavior, both from the University of Warwick. She is currently studying towards NCTJ Certificate in Magazine and Journalism.

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