July 18, 2013, 12:45 PM — You get a new job, get acclimated and get underway.
About a month in, you're rolling right along, yet wonder, "Am I doing OK?"
Most of us only get job feedback once or twice a year at formal review time. But business consultant Robin Reshwan says being proactive about one's job performance can aid not only your work, but also your career growth.
"Your performance is always being reviewed – whether it is discussed or not," she writes. "Strategic employees make it easy for management to give information that is critical to continued improvement."
And, as we all know, making things easy for management will make you a prized employee in no time.
Within the first few weeks of your job, ask your boss for a meeting to review your performance so far.
"Requesting this meeting early shows initiative and gives you access to information that will help you to develop in your role," Reshwan notes.
Take your job description and create a "performance review document," which will list a few areas as the basis for your review.
"For example, if you're supporting the sales team, perhaps completing tasks by deadline and with minimal errors is a key part of success in the role. 'Working within deadlines' and 'Creating high quality work' could be two of your objectives for measurement," Reshwan adds.
Send this document to your manager to make sure you're on the same page when it comes to evaluation criteria.
Next, rate yourself on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being the highest), and determine reasons to support that number. During the meeting, ask your manager to rate you on the same scale. If your numbers are different, discuss why, then set a date for you’re a future meeting to talk again.