Turn the Tables: Give Your Job a Performance Review

While you’re getting ready for your performance review (in either anticipation or dread), why not turn the tables and conduct a review of your own? Why not put your job, your company, and your manager under the spotlight for a few minutes. After all, your job is a two-way street, so you have to ask yourself: How is your job performing for you? What value, if any, is it adding to your life? As you give your job a review, ponder these four questions:1. Does this job line up with your career goals? And is it actively taking you toward those goals? Or is it simply a placeholder, allowing you to pay the bills while you wait for your ship to come in, your big break, or your next brilliant idea? Provide an answer on a scale of one to five. A five means your manager is looking out for your future and keeping your personal growth at the top of her list of priorities. You’re getting the exposure and experience you need, and listing this job on your resume will certainly help you impress future employers outside of this company. A one means your boss will do anything to keep you exactly where you are—and if pushed to do otherwise, he’ll show you to the door.2. How does your job make you feel each day? If each day is a snapshot of your overall happiness here, then how happy are you? Do you love coming in here each morning, or do you endure your eight hours in this place like a painful but necessary medical procedure? Answer with a one if you’d rather be elsewhere almost all day long, almost every day. Answer with a five if you have to struggle to think of somewhere you’d prefer to be.3. How are you treated? Are you getting the respect that you and your work deserve? Answer with a one if you’ve formed no strong personal bonds here and your work is overlooked or overly criticized. Answer with a five if your manager knows (and tells you frequently) that this place wouldn’t be the same without you.4. How well are you paid? This question isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. Go online and research the average salary for similar positions in this industry, at this level, and in this geographic area. Once you see how your salary stacks up, factor in the difficultly of your work, the demands of your debts and personal budget, and your expectations for the future. If you need more, it’s time to reach for more—either within this company or elsewhere.It May Be Time to Fire Your JobOnce you’ve rated our current position using each of these four metrics, add the numbers and divide the total by four. A 2.5 or higher means this job’s job performance is acceptable, and you can consider maintaining the status quo during the year ahead. But a lower rating means it’s time to get serious about making some changes—or coaching your job into a higher level of performance.Better yet, it might be time to give this job a pink slip. Visit MyPerfectResume and start putting together an application and a personal profile that can lead you into the next chapter of your career.