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.
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.
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.
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.
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.