Magazine article Working Mother

Shine through at Your Review

Magazine article Working Mother

Shine through at Your Review

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Takeaway Tips Stick to the facts, ma'am. Detailing just the key points will help you steer clear of both self-promotion and self-flagellation.

Get a second opinion. Ask a trusted colleague to help you spot forgotten successes and differentiate worries from weaknesses.

Think big picture. Make sure your goals for the coming year include a career stepping-stone, such as managing a project instead of doing it all yourself.

This Month's Expert: Nancy Halpern

Senior vice president at the Strickland Group, an executive development and coaching firm, and the mother of a 9-year-old boy

Question: I've just been asked to write a draft of my performance review, to which my boss will add her thoughts. I'm having trouble because I don't want to brag, but I don't want to sell myself short either.

Answer: A performance review is more about substance than style. When you quantify your accomplishments, you're reminding your boss exactly why she was smart enough to hire you. Did you cut costs, meet a big goal, train a staff person? …

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