performance review

Time For A Performance Review?

Top tips on performance reviews for career growth and development

Conducting your own personal performance review prior to arranging a meeting with your manager allows you to effectively map out your achievements as well as analyse the areas for improvement. Identifying where you have added value helps your manager see the contribution you have made to the business and assists them in developing appropriate rewards, training and development opportunities.

To assist you in maximising your future growth and development opportunities, here are our top tips on how to conduct a personal performance review:

  • List your achievements – review your personal highlights over the specific time period, including examples where you have exceeded targets, met your key performance indicators and where you have performed above expectations. Remember these must be achievements – not just examples of you doing your job. They should be areas where you have added extra value to the organisation through expanding your role and contribution.
  • Areas for improvement – Prepare a personal SWOT analysis. Assess your strengths, weakness and the areas you see as opportunities for growth. Create personal challenges and targets so that when it is time for your next performance review, you have worked on your weakness and developed your strengths even further.
  • What’s your value? – Analyse how you contribute to your team and the effect you have on others. Teamwork is a key trait of leadership. Do you have a positive influence on your colleagues that creates a productive and engaged environment that leads to results?

Once you have completed your personal performance review, have the confidence to arrange a meeting with your manager to discuss your review, and collaboratively set career targets and performance milestones.

Challenge yourself to progress - is it time for a performance review?

About The Author – Shannon Lippert

As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on or on LinkedIn.

How To Prepare For Your Performance Review

Performance reviews are an essential part of career growth and development. Prior preparation is the best way for you to get the most benefit from your performance review, and ensure you put your best foot forward, towards a successful future. The following are three easy steps you can take to properly prepare for your review.


1. Create a foundation

Start by going back to the basics of what the role responsibilities and performance requirements as detailed in the Position Description (PD). Using that information as a foundation, create a list of all your responsibilities, achievements, strengths and weaknesses. By reviewing your own performance and being straightforward about your strengths and growth opportunities, you will earn the respect of your manager and as a bonus feel more composed during the performance review.


2. Prepare for growth

It is important to understand that you will receive both positive feedback and constructive criticisms on areas for growth. How you handle both can have profound impacts on your career development. Especially when your manager has highlighted some areas for improvement, it is important to engage positively and seek assistance on how you may be able to improve your performance to meet the job requirements. The most important thing to do is to listen carefully to the feedback and if there are any uncertain areas, ask your manager for some examples to help you understand how you can improve. The more readily you can receive and respond positively to constructive criticism, the faster you can progress your career.


3. Plan for the future

Ultimately a performance review is to help you improve your skills and develop your expertise so that you can advance your career through improved performance and contribution to the company. Be prepared to talk to your manager about what can be improved and be honest about your current skill set. This is a great opportunity to set shared goals and expectations with your employer so you both have a clear picture of the year ahead. 

Think about how you can increase the value of your contribution to the company such as improved work processes, attracting new clients, new training and development opportunities that will help you and the company achieve their goals.

Overall, a performance review is a great learning experience about your capabilities and how you can improve and grow your career for the future.