Whether you call them employee performance reviews or performance evaluations, employee appraisals can be difficult to write. Whether you write reviews for your employees or you have to write them for yourself, it helps to have a formula for putting them together.
This writing formula also comes in handy for writing an accomplishments-based résumé or nominating someone for an award.
When writing any of these specialized documents, the key is to use active and engaging verbs. Verbs help paint a vivid picture and add the “so what?” factor to the description. For example, blazed a trail, created order from chaos, forged a new process, translated technical materials…all of these action words help your readers visualize the accomplishments.
In addition to selecting graphic verbs, you can show actions and results by using the STAR formula.
STAR is an easy-to-remember mnemonic that stands for the…
Situation when the skills were used
Tasks accomplished in order to succeed
Actions taken to complete the tasks
Results of the work
Because verbs are the locomotives that power your sentences, here’s a list of 40 vigorous verbs to help get you rolling: