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Many employers will utilize the end of the year to review their employee’s achievements and mishaps through a performance review. However, there’s still a gleam of hope to sway the review in your favor – the self-assessment. A self-assessment provides an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments you’ve made over the year so that you can provide examples as to why you deserve a positive review, or maybe even an end-of-the-year bonus!

But how do you write an effective self-assessment? For many of us, humility reigns and bragging doesn’t exactly come naturally, but this is one of those times where it’s necessary. Here’s how to do it in a way that will come off as effective, concise, and not too over-the-top.

Provide Evidence

Since businesses run on quantifiable outcomes, employers can’t exactly take your word that you’re great, they’ll need you to back it up with actual proof. Throughout the year, it’s a good idea to keep a running list of accomplishments that you can present to your boss during your annual review through your self-assessment. If you neglected to create a list, you can review your work calendar and old emails from the year to see if those spark reminders of accomplishments. Never assume that your boss will simply remember your achievements. Once you’ve gathered your evidence, outline these actions in a way that shows managers how your work affected the business in a positive way, rather than a bulleted list of what you did.

Example: In 2018, I sold X amount of cars resulting in a profit of X for the company, a 20% increase from 2017.  

Humble Brag

The art of the humble brag is a skill that can allow you to show your boss how great you are without coming across as arrogant. When you can convey how your presence on the team improves business outcomes in a professional way, you can brag in a way that makes sense. Utilize the humble brag by listing any awards or special recognition you received throughout the year on your self-assessment and remember to marry it with a business outcome.

Example: As a result of always being on time, I was recognized as Employee of the Month in February which allowed us to open the store on time, increasing the number of customers we served, and revenue for the company.

Own Up to Shortcomings

While admitting mistakes can be extremely difficult, it’s worth owning up to areas of improvement to show managers that you’re someone who is open to growth. Managers want flexible staff who are willing to go in the direction of the company, and seldom get that from a worker who acts like they already know it all. Utilize your self-assessment to identify areas for potential growth by noting them as learning experiences and goals you’d like to develop during the upcoming year.

Example: Working on a team has been a learning experience since my professional background up to this point has been independent as a contractor. Therefore, I have given myself the goal to improve my team working abilities in 2019 by engaging with my colleagues more, by improving my delegation and listening skills, and by seeking peer input on projects.

Talk About It

Since it can be hard to boast, we tend to keep self-assessments buried away from others like they’re a big secret. Instead, try sharing your self-assessment with a peer to get their thoughts. They might be able to remind you of an accomplishment you forgot about, or perhaps they’re including something in their self-assessment that you’ll want in yours, too. Self-assessments are not a competition so gather input and remember, that two (or more) minds are better than one.

Writing your self-assessment should be taken seriously as it could make the difference in getting a promotion, bonus, and other opportunities in your role. It’s also a great way to capture accomplishments to add to your resume and LinkedIn profile. [email protected] workforce specialists can help you with no-cost workforce-related skills, including self-assessments. To learn more about [email protected], please visit



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