Self-appraisals can be required for a number of purposes, but in general an appraisal should be written in the first person, including accomplishments (in either education or work) for a specific period of time, along with examples supporting the experience cited. Using this basic outline fulfills the criteria for most appraisals, and once one is written, it can be used as a reference for any future appraisals.
Tackling an appraisal step by step
- Brainstorming and lists
- Use concise, clear language
- Examine the appraisal guidelines
- Objectivity and examples
The first thing to do is make a list of all the relevant details that should be included in an appraisal. This might include feedback from customers or teachers, comments from superiors on the quality of work done, and so on. Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the individual is also key, while highlighting developmental goals and targets for the future.
Write in the first person, but avoid casual language. Keep everything to the point, while being clear and concise.
Tailoring an appraisal based on the guidelines means the final document will deliver exactly what is required, so taking time to address all the points of a guideline leads to a well rounded appraisal.
Always back up claims with examples, and where possible comments and feedback (from teachers, colleagues or customers for example), while remaining as objective as possible.