General Tips for Writing Your Employee Self Appraisal

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General Tips for Writing Your Employee Self Appraisal
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An employee self-appraisal is a summary written by you for an employer. The purpose of a self-appraisal is to give your employer an overview of yourself as it relates to your job and your value to the company. An effective self-appraisal can be used to help you obtain a new position within the company or a raise in salary.

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Be Honest

Be as honest as you can when writing your self-appraisal. This may mean starting off with a list of your good qualities and those in which you feel you could improve. Chances are good your employer will see some of your shortcomings, so letting him know you see them too will reflect in a positive way on your self-appraisal. If you have nothing but glowing things to say about yourself, the self-appraisal may not be taken serious.

Be Specific

There's nothing wrong with pointing out the duties you perform within the company and at what level of quality you perform those duties. If you're good at the duties you perform, give concrete examples of how you perform those duties and let the examples speak for themselves. Don't just write something like "I am an excellent employee who does everything right." If you're a salesman, point to your monthly sales quota as an example. If you're always on time and have never missed a day, you can point to your record as an example.

Be Humble

Regardless of how good you are at your job, refrain from bragging about yourself. Pointing out specific examples (as describe in step two) that illustrate how good you are shows your employer this. There is no need to reiterate how exceptional you are in everything you do.

Be Proactive

List ways you plan to improve the areas you feel you may be lacking. This shows your employer you not only recognise those areas where you need to improve, but that you are serious about making positive changes. Include job-related goals you would like to accomplish that you feel will benefit the company.

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