Critical Self Appraisal Components
For those who are creating their own self appraisal, one option is to break it into three distinct sections. These sections are:
Each of these should then be further broken out to allow a fair picture that will allows room to determine what areas need work. Here are some general ideas for breaking each category out.
The skills section of a self appraisal should include items like software competency, communciation skills and time management skills. List the in the order of importantce to overall career goals. Whether someone has a traditional job or they are self employed, understanding these skills will be critical to ongoing career success. Grading these skills as the appraisal is being developed will also help provide an understanding of which skills need further development.
There are some traits that all people that are stronger than others and may require very little improvement. For example, some people may feel that they are excellent researchers and that this particular skill needs no further development. While this portion of a self appraisal provides an opportunity to "blow your own horn", honesty is the best policy. Remember, misrepresentation of your strengths will hurt overall career goals.
This is perhaps the most difficult part of a self assessment but one that is critical to ongoing success. Regardless of how minor the weaknesses may seem, preparing a list of them allows for opportunity to address them. Grading each weak area can help provide a roadmap for long-term plans.