How to Write a Qualitative Employment Self-Evaluation

Qualitative self evaluations help you prepare for your performance review.

Qualitative self evaluations help you prepare for your performance review.

A qualitative self evaluation is a personal job assessment that allows you to identify your accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses and future goals. It can be a useful tool within the annual and probationary performance appraisal process. It gives you the chance to think about the relationship between your job and yourself holistically, before your actual performance review.

Make a list of your accomplishments. Accomplishments are a big part of the self review. You want to be able to convey what you have achieved for your employer and demonstrate how your work ties into the mission of the organization. So think about what you have accomplished at work throughout the year (or other evaluation period). No matter how big or small, jot down your accomplishments on a sheet of paper.

List your strengths and weaknesses. Jot down the knowledge, skills and abilities you have that make you unique and valuable to your position. Likewise, everybody has weaknesses or things that they can improve upon. Consider some of yours. Maybe you could use more training in a segment of your job. Maybe you only wear the minimum amount of flair. Or possibly you just think your talents are being underutilized. Making a list of these will prepare you to talk about them during the review.

List your goals and consider your future. Where do you see yourself in the next few years? Would you like to move up the corporate ladder? Do you want to finally complete that degree you've been seeking? Jot down your professional goals, but be sure that they tie into goals and values of your employer, if only tangentially. Employers appreciate hard work, ambition, and self improvement.

Build your self evaluation by selecting the best entries from your lists . Now that you have built lists of your accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, and goals - pare down your lists to your best two or three from each topic. Many employers provide a standardized form for their self-evaluation process. If your company does, be sure to fill out the form to completion, using your pared down list as an outline. If your employer does not have a standardized form, clearly write or type out your pared down list for use during the performance review.

Items you will need

  • Self evaluation form
  • Paper
  • Writing utensil

Tip

  • Keep a journal, document, or spreadsheet and write down your work accomplishments as you complete them. This will help you remember them when you need them in the future.
 

About the Author

Justin Husted has worked as a professional in the human resources and health-care industries for more than seven years. He earned an M.B.A. in information technology and a bachelor's degree in human resources management from Western Governors University. Husted holds certification as a professional in human resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute, as well as CompTIA A+ certification.

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