Post # 1
I’m looking for a little sage advice from Bees who’ve gone through the dreaded formal review at work. My first is scheduled for this Friday. Ugh.
Basically, I know it is not going to be a series of “excellents” and “goods,” because, frankly, I need improvement in basically every area. I’m a new attorney in a freakishly broad and difficult area of the law (water rights). I’m not hitting anything out of the ballpark yet. So, I am expecting “needs improvements” and maybe a few “poor” and “satisfactory.”
Basically, I haven’t screwed anything up majorly, but very little that I have done has been truly awesome. I have shown initiative and I work pretty hard. I have usually not been efficient, and my attention to detail still needs work. That’s where I stand. A lot of effort, but not a ton to show for it yet. I’m not doing any better or worse than others, I think, just really mediocre.
Sooo… any advice? Particularly for anyone else facing a review similarly … need improvementy?
Post # 3
I have not done a formal career review besides menial part-time job related ones. but as someone who really screwed up in high school math and then had to explain it in college interviews, don’t be down on yourself. Admit your shortcomings readily but not in a self-deprecating way. For example: “While I have been 100% committed to working hard in my time here, I don’t feel that I have reached my full potential. I’m still learning and now I know that in _____ instance I will do _____. I’m confident that with continued hard work, I’ll be able to thrive in this environment.”
Hope that helps at least a little. 🙂
Post # 4
I don’t know what the review process is at your place of employment. I’ve seen some that are just one meeting, some that are multiple meetings (you present your self-review and then a week later your boss(es) do theres).
Either way, I would try to prepare for the meeting by making a list of areas that you feel like you need to improve in and then try to identify specific (measurable) goals to help you improve. It also shows that you are aware of what performance currently is and would like to improve.
I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t really provide any good examples from that aspect, but as a to-be-pharmacist (who has had multiple formal reviews) here’s the top-of-my head example:
Goal: To become more familiar with Medicare Part D.
Steps to achieve goal:
- Attend continuing education class on June 1st regarding the laws surrounding Medicare Part D.
- Review company policies and procedures regarding billing Medicare Part D claims.
- Work with Pharmacists A.B. to discuss problem resolution for Medicare Part D claims.
Sorry, it’s not a great example…
Post # 5
I don’t have any real advice, but I’m looking forward to responses to this topic. Despite the fact that I’ve been at my company for 3 years I’ve never had a formal review because this is the first year we are having them!
Post # 6
@ lillyfaith and @ EvaBostonTerrier: that is good advice of a similar vein. I will definitely do that.
The review is just a half hour with two of my bosses. I will get copies of the written reviews the night before to look over, so at least I won’t go in blind.
Post # 7
@monitajb: that’s great that you get copied of the reviews prior to the meeting! That will definitely help you prepare!
Post # 8
It certainly helps going in there prepared! Have a list of the areas you hope to improve in and the ways you are planning on doing that. Even though you know you need to improve, showing them how you go plan to go about it will really impress them. Don’t be afraid to put on there how they can help you to reach your goals – if you need extra training, or a mentor, suggest that.
Most importantly though, don’t undersell yourself too much! Women sometimes have a habit of down playing the great work we do and being too modest. Find some things you are proud of and make sure to mention them.
Good luck with the review!
Post # 9
@ CupcakeLove: I’m always telling my female friends that, but I need to hear it too. Thanks for the reminder to hold my head up.
Post # 10
I honestly don’t think you will be looking at a lot of need improvement comments. In a review process you should be judged on where you are in regards to where you should be. As long as you are progressing at a steady pace and are showing that you are willing to work hard and learn they I think your review will be a lot better than expected. To prepare I would just have a list of areas that you would like to focus on and talk to your boss about areas that you will like some guidance in. Good Luck!
Post # 11
When you are preparing, make sure you list out your accomplishments (not just your short-comings). Are there any professional development classes you could take to help you? This will be your time to bring that up and ask if you can go.