What is an Appraisal?

An appraisal (also known as a performance review) provides you with an opportunity to discuss your role in an organisation, and your progression and development within your career. Depending on the job role and company, these could be annual or biannual reviews that follow a formal structure to recognise achievements and seek improvements.

If you want the most out of your appraisal, and want to see your career develop and grow, this is your opportunity which means preparation is key!

‘He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail’– a mantra to follow in every aspect of your career!

If this is your first Appraisal, or the outcome of a recent one was unsatisfactory, Jobchange have put together a couple of tips to help utilise the time you have with your senior managers.

Set aside time to prepare

It’s as simple as that! An appraisal isn’t a quick catch up with your line manager about a project or target; it is an in-depth evaluation about your role in the company. Setting aside time to prepare allows you to make sure everything you want to discuss is included.

Gather Information

It can be difficult for a manager to keep track of all of your successes over the past year, so this is where you step in.

Put together a list of all the projects, networks and targets you have achieved, allowing an open discussion with your manager to remind them how wonderful you are at your job. You could even prepare testimonials from company partners, data from projects and improvements since your last appraisal.

This not only shows your hard work, but could also open a conversation to what worked well, what didn’t and how you can work to improve in the future.

Prepare a list of development goals

This is an important one! Think about your career goals, where do you want to be in 5 years time? This is a chance to discuss how you are going to get there.

If it’s the first time you’re having an appraisal you’ll need to spend extra time on this. Otherwise, this should be a natural progression from your last appraisal.

Prepare a list of questions to ask

These questions will help you and your manager set your objectives for the year – so it’s important you get them right. This could be to discuss potential training opportunities, or maybe even steps to take in order to progress in the company.