There are just days remaining until entries open for Australia’s 2020 RCSA Industry Awards and last year’s winners have come out in force to encourage their colleagues to enter.
With entries opening on January 27, many of 2019’s winners say their success not only had a significant impact on their careers, but in some cases changed the way they viewed the recruitment industry.
Rupert Harvey from SMAART Recruitment, which won the Excellence in Candidate Care award, said the win had helped significantly amplify the firm’s brand in the marketplace.
“It’s also powerful from an internal cultural perspective as it deepens our resolve and dedication to a great candidate experience,” Rupert said.
“It also has a feel-good effect on morale.
“It’s meant that we continue to review our processes and the way we interact with candidates and constantly endeavour to provide the best candidate experience we can.
“We feel a sense of responsibility and of leadership in this area.”
Rupert said recruiters and recruitment firms considering nominating for an award in 2020 would find it was worth the effort.
“If nothing else, the entry process makes you think about the way your business operates and can provide fresh insights,” he said.
“The actual awards night is a terrific experience and you are helping to support our industry.”
The 2019 Rising Star of the Year, Jay Wynter, from Precision Sourcing Australia, said his win put the previous five years of his recruitment journey into perspective.
“Receiving recognition internally, whether that be a promotion, incentives or any awards, is very flattering but when you win an industry-recognised award, especially against the other applicants who I know have been highly successful in their own right, it really is an achievement,” Jay said.
“When the team put the application together it became evident that success in this industry is purely down to two things - the people you surround yourself with and the need to keep adapting.
“The former is in relation to candidates, clients or the team within your agency so I now always ensure I regularly build on existing relationships and the latter is to keep on adapting.
“I now seek new ways to keep adapting and improving.”
Jay encouraged other recruiters to enter the 2020 awards, saying it was “not about winning or losing”.
“I personally enjoyed the process as it brought the team together, from recording the videos to writing the application to enjoying a class evening,” he said.
Fiona Grimmer of HorizonOne Recruitment, which won the 2019 Operational Excellence Award, said the win was an “amazing” way for the firm’s Scribing and Campaigns Team to be recognised on a national level for their work and level of service.
“Coming from Canberra, a sometimes forgotten or dismissed city when it comes to recruitment business, winning a national award really shows just how strong the Canberra market is and how the recruitment industry is thriving here,” Fiona said.
“The win was also a confirmation that the business is on the right path and that all the hard work and late night hours are worth it.
“It was a great indicator that our team are doing the r