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RCSA award applications close tomorrow – have you got your application in?

There is just one more day to get entries in for this year’s RCSA Industry Awards and to assist we have compiled feedback from some of our judges to help with the final touches on your submissions.

This year we have a stellar line up of judges from within our industry including current industry participants, RCSA life members and representatives from key organisations such as Christchurch Airport, Queensland Rugby League, La Trobe University, Transurban and Westpac.

So what are our judges looking for in a successful application?

Cathy Riach, Recruitment & Resourcing Manager at BAE Systems Australia said for her stand-out applications would address the criteria and be of a high quality.

“Quality over quantity every time,” she said. “A high quality service is number one for me, not only in the way in which a recruitment consultant services their clients but also their candidates.”

“Be honest yet bold about your achievements. Also be sure to back up your claims with evidence and facts such as testimonials and other compelling data.”

Helen Olivier, Director of HRO2 and RCSA Life Member said she likes to see original award applications which have not been professionally written saying she prefers to see “the human element”.

She added that she has often entered awards for her company “as I always believed in team success and recognition”.

Joan Page (nee May), the founding President of the Institute of Personnel Consultants also said originality was important in an application as was the need for applicants to be authentic in what they submit.

For recruitment professional Peter Gleeson, the commitment to customer service and the candidate and client experience is what makes for a stand-out consultant and he is hoping to see that reflected in award applications.

“What comes to mind in terms of being outstanding is the ability to be seen as a trusted advisor, consistency in delivery, smart time management, respect from and too those you deal with, adding to the industry’s profile and credibility,” he said.

“You will need to demonstrate that, in an extremely competitive, fast moving industry where often your client is your biggest competitor you need to be able to provide a point of difference.”

Recruitment coach Ross Clennett said the experience of entering industry awards was its own reward whether you are named as the winner of not.

“Always enter awards with the intention of winning but if you don’t, then take your experience of entering as valuable step towards winning future awards,” he said.

To view the feedback from other judges click here. To see what makes a standout submission click here.

The categories for the 2018 RCSA Industry Awards are:

Individual Awards Recruiter of the Year RCSA Rising Star Individual &/ Organisation CSR Excellence Award Excellence in Safety & Risk Management Client Service Award Candidate Care Award - NZ Award Sponsor Trade Me Jobs Organisation Operational Excellence Award Marketing Campaign of the Year Tech Innovation of the Year RCSA Award (not for nomination) RCSA Outstanding Contribution Award

Entries close on April 27 and finalists will be announced by May 23. The Australian Awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on June 14 and the New Zealand Awards in Auckland on July 5.

To see the selection criteria, submit an application or book to reserve your seat for the Awards Night, visit our website.

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