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How Working Mothers Should Prepare for an Annual Review

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The days leading up to your annual review can often become intense. At the same time, annual reviews are critical to promotions, raises or simply your standing in the workplace. For this reason, working mothers need to take time out of their busy schedules of juggling work and motherhood to prepare for their annual reviews.

Below are some key ways to ensure your annual review not only goes smoothly, but reminds your immediate supervisor about the hard work you've put into your job performance all year long.

Save accolades in a virtual folder. From thank you e-mails from clients to e-mails from your boss praising you for a job well done, save all correspondence that helps illustrate good job performance or work ethic. Even texts that have anything to do with a good job should be saved. If you have an iPhone you can take screen shots of your texts and e-mail them to yourself. If you have any other type of phone you can simply e-mail the texts to yourself. Keeping all this correspondence in a virtual folder on your computer or iPad will be the back up you need for your annual review.

Make a power point presentation. Design a power point presentation of your year in review. Make headings and subheadings that explain the details associated with various milestones you've met throughout the year. For example, if you're a salesperson, list the items that were sold, time frame it took to close the deal, and revenue earned for the company. If you're a newspaper reporter, list the big stories you broke and amount of overtime hours you put into following certain stories. If you're a lawyer, list all the new clients you brought in and your cases-won record.

Prepare a defense. If you had a mishap during the year, which you feel may stand in the way of a favorable annual review, then have your defense planned. Tell why this mishap occurred, take blame where you should and try to counter this mishap with other favorable outcomes throughout the year.

Name at least five reasons that you deserve a raise. Come up with ways you can fight for a higher salary. These can simply be a list of reasons that you deserve a bump up in pay. Examples might be that you've been at the job two years and have always delivered a high quality job performance. It could also be that you're assuming more responsibility, or you are always the first one to arrive to work and last one to leave. It can simply be that you have a highly favorable job record, such as you're the salesperson with the most sales, or the lawyer with the most wins.

Name at least five reasons that you deserve a promotion. If there's a position available that you're more than qualified for, go for it during the annual review period. The reasons you deserve the promotion could include: You have demonstrated a great work ethic, you can handle more responsibility, you have already paid your dues in a lower-level position and you're the best candidate for job due to your background and character.

Listen. When your supervisor talks to you about your job performance during your annual review meeting, make sure to listen and take notes, or just mental notes, that will help you on your annual review next year.

Leave with a promise. If your annual review is less than favorable, use the constructive criticism as a guideline for your own self improvement. Also, if you sense that your supervisor is unhappy with your job performance or one aspect of it, then question how you can improve, and if you're a quick thinker, offer suggestions for your own self improvement.

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