Steps to prep for an awesome review.
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Over the last few weeks, I've been sharing my love of fall & starting fresh. But there's one thing at the close of the year that is specifically about looking back:

 Performance Reviews!

I know, exciting right?

My office structures their reviews a little differently, but many workplaces are hosting annual performance reviews over the next few weeks.

The absolute first step here is research. I personally have never gone into a review thinking "I am fine exactly where I am, and I don't want or expect more responsibility or a pay raise." (If you *are* thinking this, please write back, I'm interested in your perspective.)

My Favorite Sites for Salary Research:

Career Builder 
Salary Expert 
When you don't have access to your job's salary records, these sites can provide valuable insight. Understanding the market trends & averages will strengthen your platform much more than discussing how long you've been with the company. I like to do some math and present charts showing my current income, industry average, and my desired growth projection. (Feel free to write me back if you want a step-by-step guide on how to create something like that.)

More important than your target number is your ability to showcase your accomplishments over the past few months. If you haven't been keeping track, now is a good time to start for next year's, but don't worry - we're going to jog your memory.
Set aside a lunch break or an evening and dig through your emails. Note all the deadlines you've hit, clients you've calmed down, or financial holes you've patched. Write it all down, then go back through this list and determine how many of these fall under basic job duties. Add how you've gone beyond requirements and expectations. Next, write out how these have benefited your team or office. To help you get your thoughts organized, I created a handy printable for you!
Get your copy here!
If you don't have the time or opportunity to speak on all of your points, follow up with an email recap. A quick structure for this message:
  • Opening: Thank you for your time & feedback
  • Recap: Quick notes on discussion
  • In Addition: This part can be tricky, try something like "Following our conversation, I'd like to share some additional points for your review..." OR include goals in progress, such as exams, certifications, continuing education programs, etc. 
  • Closing: "I look forward to your response and hope to continue to grow within the company." 
This email may get lengthy, so try to keep things concise. Your goal is to show both effort in documentation & consideration for their time.

More Resources:

Here are a few more helpful articles to get you ready:

Now get out there, get what you want, then come back here and tell me all about it!

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