In the summer, many professionals experience the time honored tradition of the performance review. When your supervisor is conducting the review, you work hard to paint yourself in a good light to get that raise or not get riffed, whichever the case may be. In the process, the professional growth potential may be lost.
Parallel to the company performance review, I encourage you to conduct a personal performance review and to be completely honest with yourself.
- What competencies, knowledge and experience do you need to succeed in the job you have or the job you want?
- How well do you fair when judged by this standard?
- Where do you excel?
- Where do you need help?
You can then use the answers to these questions to outline a professional development plan for yourself for next year.
For information on analyzing yourself and creating a professional development plan, review the Virtual Career Center section on "Ongoing Career Management: Designing Your Own Long-term Career Plan".
What items are you working on to help develop your competencies, knowledge and experience? You can share you example through the "Comments" link below.