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Plan ahead
Thinking about your review during the year diminishes stress in the several weeks prior to your writing the self-review. Keep an activities log or calendars of activities. At the end of each year take time to review your accomplishments. 

Think strategically and be selective
Quantity is not criteria for advancement; quality is. Plan strategically with your supervisor so that they understand your advancement intentions. Say “yes” and “no” to opportunities with the review cycle in mind. Accept or pursue opportunities so they work to your advantage: e.g.  run for an officer position when the service period will cover two review cycles.

Read the ARPM before you start
Yes, really. It will give you a comprehensive picture of the process.

Have at least one other librarian read it
Ask someone who has undergone the review process several times to read your self-review and give feedback. Ask someone outside your department. Ask your LAUC-SD buddy. Ask a previous CAPA member. Don’t rely solely on your review initiator; they may be new to the process too.

Remember the "So What?" factor
Ask yourself continually: So what? Why does this matter? How did you meet or exceed the criteria? You are not asked to evaluate the quality of your own performance. You are asked to describe your activities and contributions and why they are important.