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Summer Happenings Series: HOW Career Workshop

Hanover has been busy this summer!

Follow the “Summer Happenings Series” for a recap of all the activities that have gone on in the last couple months.We hope that you’ve been having as much fun as we have!

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This summer marked the first iteration of a HOW-sponsored career workshop – “Writing a Constructive Self-Review.” The opportunity was well positioned amidst review season for several departments. A great turnout of ladies and gentlemen attended with aspirations of penning a carefully crafted self-review to help propel them forward in their careers.
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Three senior-level managers, Allyson Grennille (Managing Content Director), Sarah Van Duyn (Managing Content Director), and Amanda Lockhart (Senior Director, Corporate Communications) reflected on their experiences with self-reviews from direct reports and shared tips from their own careers. What can you learn from them?

  • Reflect objectively: Reflect on your entire body of work to remind yourself of your progress, as well as lessons learned. Your boss will appreciate your fair assessment.
  • Illustrate with specifics: Draw specific examples of exemplary work over the review period. It helps to collect various bits of feedback in a desktop or email folder so you don’t forget key information.
  • Focus on the positive (and on yourself): Phrase growth areas in a constructive manner and don’t use your review to complain about your co-workers.
  • Get to the point: Summarize an event or project where you performed well by highlighting your success, don’t review every step of the process.
  • Present solutions: Acknowledge your development areas by identifying specific techniques or training opportunities you will use to grow in those areas.

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The session concluded with attendees writing a small portion of their review and receiving feedback in small groups. Remote participants were included in a virtual small group discussion via webcam and conference line. Everyone (including managers!) walked away fired up to continue writing.

“After the workshop, I realized how important it is to know your value and put real effort into promoting your accomplishments, arguing for your professional goals, and laying out a plan for how you will achieve those goals.” – Jess

Rachel Lopez
Project Manager, Learning and Development

 

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