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How to Make the Most Out of a Positive Performance Review (Got Perks?)

If you’re getting stellar feedback on your performance during your year-end review, congratulations! Aside from basking in the glow of a job well done, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Jodi Glickman, president of Great on the Job, Inc. told The New York Post to own it. “It’s okay to say, ‘I’m proud of my performance.’ Then ask, ‘What’s next?’” She advises being proactive and leveraging the opportunity to state something such as, “Here are three ideas for taking my game up next year.”

Although you’re owning it, remember you don’t own everything. Cynthia Shapiro, author of Corporate Confidential, says it’s not the most appropriate time to ask for a raise.  “You don’t want to be just another voice in a crowd of people who want more money.”

When is the best time, you ask? Wait until you’ve accomplished something terrific and when the company is raking in the Benjamins. Shapiro dishes, “It will be hard for them to say no.”

During that performance review though it’s not out of line to ask for other perks. Roy Cohen reveals, “Don’t miss this opportunity but be transparent when you ask so they don’t think you’re gaming them.” Things to ask for may be tuition reimbursement for an executive MBA, sponsorship for seminars and a short-term overseas assignment.

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