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Preparing for a Performance Review as an Executive Assistant

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

As an Executive Assistant, you know how important it is to be fully prepared for a performance review. Taking a step back to reflect on the incredible work you’ve done and articulating it eloquently can put you in the best possible position to make sure that your professional value is recognized. This article will discuss strategies for preparing for a performance review as an Executive Assistant and provide guidance on how to tackle topics like compensation.



Reflect On Your Accomplishments

Prior to your performance review, take time out of your day to reflect on all the amazing projects and tasks you have completed since your last review. Make sure that each accomplishment is specific and quantifiable so that it can be easily measured against the goals of your role. Additionally, think about any extra efforts such as volunteering for initiatives or staying late in order to help out with a project. All of this will give your employer tangible evidence of your value as an employee.


Prepare To Talk About Compensation

No one likes talking about money, but it’s important that you don’t shy away from topics related to salary during your performance review. If you feel that you are being underpaid or undervalued in comparison with other employees in similar roles, make sure that this issue is addressed during the meeting so that fair compensation can be discussed and negotiated if necessary. Additionally, if there are other benefits that would improve your job satisfaction such as additional vacation days or flexible working arrangements, use this opportunity to bring those issues up with management too.


I hear you thinking 'But how, Meg?' - I got you:


1. Do your research

Before you even step into your boss's office, it's important to do your research. Know what the average salary is for your position in your city. A quick Google search will give you a good idea of what to expect. You can also look at Glassdoor or PayScale for more specific information.


2. Make a list of your accomplishments

Once you know what the average salary is, make a list of all of your accomplishments over the past year. What projects have you worked on? What results have you achieved? This will help you build a case for why you deserve a raise.


3. Practice, practice, practice

Once you've done your research and prepared your list of accomplishments, it's time to start practicing what you're going to say. The last thing you want is to be caught off guard in your meeting and not know how to respond. So, rehearse what you're going to say in front of a mirror or with a friend.


4. Be confident

When it comes time for your meeting, it's important to project confidence. Remember, you deserve this raise! So stand tall, make eye contact, and speak clearly and concisely about why you deserve more money.


5. Be prepared to negotiate

Even if you've done everything right, there's a chance your boss may not give you the raise you're asking for. If that's the case, be prepared to negotiate. Perhaps there's another benefit you can ask for, like more vacation days or flexible hours. Or maybe they can give you a smaller raise now with the promise of a larger raise down the road. Whatever the case may be, be prepared to compromise so that everyone walks away happy


Be Assertive And Professional

It can be intimidating discussing sensitive topics like salary and job satisfaction with management but remember–you earn respect by being assertive! Present yourself confidently and stand behind every point that you make with concrete examples of why these changes should be made or why you deserve more recognition for the work you do every day. Having a clear idea of what points need to be addressed before going into the meeting will also help make sure everything gets covered adequately during the allotted time frame.

In conclusion, preparing for a performance review as an Executive Assistant requires reflection on past accomplishments, being comfortable discussing compensation-related topics, and presenting oneself professionally throughout the conversation in order to ensure success during these evaluations. Overall, having an open dialogue between employees and employers allows both parties involved to come away feeling satisfied with the outcome of their discussion–so don’t forget to punch fear in its face when entering into negotiations! With these tips in mind, there’s no doubt that any Executive Assistant can ace their next performance review!


Let me know if this helps you feel more prepared for your review ✨ Catch you online!


Stay awesome, stay kind,

Meg 👩🏼‍💻

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