Get Ahead Instead of Dreading Your Performance Review

10 Strategies for Successful Performance Reviews

7. Plot Your Career Path

Identify the areas you want to develop and why. This will help focus you on what you need to do to advance, what type of projects you think you need to work on to get the skills wanted, plus it's and a good way to walk a mile in your manager's shoes.

A candid self-assessment can help soften the "constructive criticism" that comes in the review. It is part of a Manager's job to present where you need to grow, what skills you need and how the company can help you develop. It can be tough to hear if you're not thinking along same lines. This is a good time to ask your manager for what you need to become more productive and successful along your path. Listen to the suggestions and the rationale behind how it will help you improve your contributions.