A self-assessment is a way for an employee to analyze his or her own performances on the job. Employees may use this assessment to better understand their own strengths or weaknesses in various aspects, and as a tool to devise a plan of action to improve different skills. Self-assessments are also useful for employees to highlight their own accomplishments and skills to their employers, as well as show that they are aware of their own weaknesses and are willing to constantly improve.

Typically, a self-assessment would start off with the employee's background information such as his or her job position and duties. The employee would then list out his or her strengths and weaknesses in different areas, highlighting them with examples of experiences. Finally, the employee would devise a plan of action for any improvements.

The following samples and activities will give you a better idea on how to write effective self-assessments.

Writing Self-Assessments

Highlight Your Accomplishments

The main purpose of a self-evaluation is to emphasize your contributions and accomplishments to your employer. You should focus particularly on your best work and the impact your work has made on the company.

Write in a Concise Manner

It might be tempting to write down every little detail about your accomplishments, but it’s best to make it brief so that the employer can read it quickly and still remember the accomplishment.

Be Honest

Being honest is critical because it shows the employer that you understand your own performance and able to recognize standards demanded by the company. Employers also know what you have done or not done, so it is always the best option to be truthful in your self-evaluation.

Be Professional

The self-assessment is not the place to criticize your coworkers, bosses, or the company. Be professional by keeping negative opinions of others to yourself and focus on your own strengths and shortcomings.

Common Expressions

Job position and duties

  1. I have been working as a…for x amount of years.
  2. I conducted/managed/handled/supervised/assisted
  3. I/We successfully…


  1. I maintain/get along well/consider myself/am able to…
  2. Despite (problems), I was able to…
  3. For example, I…/Once, I…/During…


  1. I realize/am aware that I have room for improvement in…
  2. While I am strong in (area), I consider myself weaker in…
  3. I sometimes/constantly make (mistakes) in…
  4. For example…
  5. In hindsight…/Instead, I should have

Professional development plan

  1. I would plan to…/I would welcome opportunities to…
  2. I am determined to…
  3. By improving my (various abilities), I would be able to…
Start off with an “I” statement since this is a self-report. Include your longevity in your position.
Include powerful action words in your duties.
Mention your achievements using by using “successfully” to indicate you accomplished your task or reached or exceeded expectations or goals.
Mention your work ethics and positive qualities using these “to be” verbs.
Use this expression to demonstrate your ability to work effectively in the face of various problems or obstacles.
These are some transitional words that can be used to mention examples of you applying your positive qualities on the job.
It looks good to the employer to show that you are self-aware of your weaknesses.
You can first bring up a strength before introducing a weakness that can be contrasted with the strength.
These expressions show how often you make mistakes or the severity of your weaknesses.
Use this for mentioning examples of weaknesses.
It’s important to mention alternative paths or actions you could have taken to prevent that mistake so that the employer knows that you are able to deal with similar situations in the future.
You can use these phrases to introduce your plans for improvement.
Use strong adjectives to describe your eager learning attitude.
Tell your employer what more you could be able to offer if you were to improve in a particular skill or area.