So, it’s that time of the year again – that mandatory performance review, right before the year comes to an end.
While we’re not exactly at year end, we are entering Q4 and it’s a good idea to start giving some thought to your upcoming performance review.
Over the years, I’ve coached many associates on this process and many have gone through their reviews smoothly, with a desirable outcome.
I’ve put together some tips you may find helpful:
Review your goals or plan from last year (some organizations require an annual professional development plan), and take stock of your progress.
Self-evaluate. Now that you’ve reviewed your goals from last year (and even if you don’t have any), start thinking about goals for next year. Anticipate the kind of feedback you might receive. If you’re expecting negative feedback, start thinking of proactive steps you can take before your evaluation meeting. This will signal that you are serious about your professional development!
Start gathering your accomplishments. If you haven’t been keeping a running list of successes throughout the year, now’s the time to start combing through your files and client feedback. You’ll want to be able to highlight your contributions to your organization, clients, and the legal profession.
I hope this helps! Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.