Job Jitters are a Fresher Jobs thing. And so is everything related to your first job. Your first Fresher Jobs will teach you plenty. Your first job will give you an intense insight into your career ahead. Another way you can get an insight into your career is your Job Appraisal. Below are the 10 things you can expect in your First Job Appraisal.
Appraisals are once a year or six-month affair– depending on your firm. They are nothing to be freaked out about. In fact, in your Fresher Jobs, you can receive them as an opportunity to collect feedback– both constructive and the otherwise. They can be treated as exercises where you can assess your present career graph and the direction you want to steer it to.
1. Be Prepared
Every company more or less follows the same setup for conducting Appraisals. Mostly, there is a written evaluation expected from the employee, where the employee assesses their roles/tasks. Later, a meeting with the Reporting Manager is fixed, where a one on one discussion takes place. All you have to do is be prepared. Read about Appraisals on the internet or ask a few questions from your colleagues. Just follow the set process and you are good to go.
2. Acknowledge your Accomplishments
Yes, definitely. Track all your achievements and contributions. Not only the recent endeavours you took, but highlight what you think you did the best. Do not mention debatable and vague terms. Also, talk about the tough sectors you tried your hands on. Give a brief on the things you found both tough and easy to do. Don’t just speak about the accomplished efforts but also add the things you had hoped to achieve.
3. Welcome Constructive Criticism
One session of any kind of criticism can not make or break anyone. Just sit and accept the constructive criticism you are being offered, if any. To an extent, accept negative feedback as well but iff it is presented in a professional way. Do not take any personal comments or remarks.
4. Assess. Evaluate and Speak Up
This is the part where you judge yourself personally. Evaluate your abilities like creativity, timeliness, leadership and team spirit. Prepare a mental summary of your professional self. Your Boss/Manager will do the same but verbally as well. Acknowledge their feedback, assess it. If you have anything to say, then speak up.
5. Take Responsibilities
As we are discussing appraisals at fresher jobs, you might very well understand that first jobs are the platforms where you are open to plenty of learning. This might imply that you are working under a mentor or probably in a team. Whereas, appraisals are all about individual assessment. In that case, do not forget to showcase the responsibilities you took while on a project.
6. Evince Enthusiasm
Yes, why not! Everyone understands the nervousness we all go through during appraisals. But why not consider this as a fun task where you get to hear about your plus points and your downsides. The good part is, not only you can expect positive appreciation but with the negatives, you always have the chance to get better. After all, failure is nothing but another try at the success.
7. Discuss Future Aims
Make a point to discuss your future efforts towards the company and your career as well. Comprehend what you want to do and how do you want to accomplish your goals. This not only makes you come off as a valuable employee but also gives you time to analyse what exactly do you want to paint on your Career Canvas.
8. Ask Questions
Be inquisitive and curious. But do not go overboard with it. Ask genuine and meaningful questions.
9. Do not Compare
Kindly, do not explore this territory! Not only during appraisals but ever compare yourself with any other person. Not on the job, not off the job. Everyone has a different role to play. Appreciate that and you will lead a blissful life.
10. Be Cheerful
At the end, we’d suggest, please be cheerful– appraisal or no appraisal, salary increment or stagnation, job or no job. Whatever it is, just do not let your joy be stolen. Be happy and keep your mind calm. That is the secret to a successful life.
So, appraisals can be fun and a turning point in your career graph. All you can do is make the best of that session! Let us know your views and queries in the comments. 🙂