How to Write a Self-Appraisal for Work

Be ready to support or explain sections of your self-appraisal.
Be ready to support or explain sections of your self-appraisal. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

While supervisor-provided reviews and appraisals of employee performance serve many purposes, employee self-appraisals offer a distinctly different view. Self-appraisals allow management to evaluate an employee's sense of self-worth and communicate job highlights regarded as important to the employee. You should review self-appraisals in conjunction with those administered by immediate supervisors or managers. Self-appraisals implement a different format than traditional reviews by focusing on positive points of employee job performance and read similar to a resume.

Restate and outline job objectives and responsibilities. This section serves as a method for employees to communicate how they understand their role in the company and include newly defined responsibilities or functions.

Provide a timeline or summary of job highlights, achievements or awards. Use this information in tandem with previously-stated job objectives to illustrate how the employee performs required tasks and/or exceeds supervisor expectations or goals.

Address specific topics or projects as defined by management. This section should include a summary of the topic, as well as a brief summary of employee contribution or participation. Highlights should be brief and formatted as bullet-points for easy review.

Give suggestions on ways to improve employee job functions or specific company processes. These suggestions can directly relate to previously-stated projects or unrelated topics.

Acknowledge challenges or issues with job performance. Employees should be objective and candid with this part of the self-appraisal. You should include requests for assistance or suggestions to resolve outstanding issues.

State a brief summary addressing any important work-related issues or provide feedback on job-related topics.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the self-appraisal to the specified length.
  • Write in a casual tone to give the appraisal a more personal feel.
  • Ask co-workers, family members or friends to review a rough draft for typos or errors.
  • Don't use a self-appraisal to ask for a raise.
  • Don't brag about yourself or your accomplishments.
  • Never include personal issues or problems with co-workers or supervisors in a self-appraisal.

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