The importance of self-assessment

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The importance of self-assessment
Self-assessment can help you focus on what is truly important to your personal development. (beautiful face on mirror image by Adam Radosavljevic from Fotolia.com)

No one knows you better than yourself. There is no better person to decide on job options or career moves than the person who stares back at you in the mirror every day.

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Determine Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Analyse your recent accomplishments, successes and even your failures. Decide what you did well and what you could have done better. This will set the stage for further progression or changes in your career.

Set Goals

Use your self-assessment to determine specific goals for a time period. They may be similar or very different from previous objectives. Stretch yourself to do and learn more and write a detailed account of how you plan on accomplishing your goals.

Measure Your Progress

Measure your progress in initiative, judgment, job knowledge, production, attendance and other areas by making goals specific. For example, a goal may be: I will increase my production by 15 per cent. Or another goal may be: I will not be late for work at all this year.

Assessment Tools

A great assessment method is to request a copy of the company evaluation form. Before your review date, fill out the form and assess your progress and knowledge. It will be interesting to see how it compares with your supervisor's appraisal. Personal assessments are effective tools to ascertain whether you are growing or remaining stagnant. Having the initiative to self-assess shows that you are committed to reaching your potential.

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