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Work Self Evaluation

Help! I have to do my yearly self evaluation which includes both numerical ratings and comments.

I hate these things and I never know how to answer. How hard do I toot my own horn and how much to do I go into the "what I could've done better" comments? I feel like I do a good job despite many internal and external challenges but how much do you talk about those challenges?

What are your thoughts on these things?

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Don’t negotiate against

Don't negotiate against your self.

Go big on the numbers; good people tend to be too self critical.

Excellent advice above on making sure to list your accomplishments.

There's a lot of pressure on managers to keep your rating down, so you need to give him or her the ammunition to prove to HR that you really are outstanding.




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