How to write a self evaluation report

The purpose of a self-evaluation report is to assess your skills and experience for an employer or academic institution. Also known as a self-assessment review or a self-reflection, the self-evaluation report outlines your performance so that employers have a better sense of your progress. For this reason, self-evaluation reports have an important role in how employers and schools perceive you. A well wriiten or poorly written report may affect an employer's decision concerning whether they fire you or retrain you.

Write your self-evaluation using a professional, business-oriented tone. Use the first person narrative (I, me, we, our, my, myself).

Customise the self-evaluation for whom the report is intended. If you are writing an academic organisation, outline the study areas you have focused on and what you learnt through receiving instruction at the institution. If the report is for an employer, describe experiences that tested your skills and work performance.

Describe an experience where you helped your organisation meet an important goal. This should be a specific instance and include the dates and titles of the work you did when possible.

Describe tasks you are responsible for on a daily basis. Do not relate personal feelings about these tasks, just the substantial facts. Again, describe specific instances you remember, and keep these sentences short and direct. For example, you may start a sentence by referring to a specific time by saying, "like a month ago when I..."

List your strengths and include specific tasks or experiences to highlight these strengths. For example, you might say: "I'm very analytical when I write reports." These should be no more than a sentence long. You may also describe your weaknesses, but put them in a positive light in the same way you would during a job interview. If you say you're a perfectionist, describe the steps you have taken to improve yourself.

Discuss any additional tasks, promotions, or changes to a policy or curriculum that you would like. Again, keep personal feelings out of it, especially strong ones about an issue the institution may consider offensive. For example, don't point out that management doesn't care about its employees. Finish your self-evaluation by stating your future goals and what steps you plan to take to continue in your profession.


Not every self-evaluation report will contain the same sections. Refer to the Resources section for other things you could include.


Self-evaluation reports may not be graded, but it is best to avoid making spelling and grammar mistakes so that you give the best impression possible.

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Based near Toronto, Canada, Veronica Starovoit has been writing stories and articles for periodicals since 2004. She writes travel pieces for LIVESTRONG.COM and her work has been published on websites such as eHow, Answerbag and others. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University and is taking a postgraduate co-op program in technical writing.

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