GUEST POST BY TEMI AWARDS JUDGE, MONIQUE DAWSON, SENIOR MANAGER, PEOPLE ADVISORY SERVICES, ERNST & YOUNG
Participating in an awards program is one of the best ways to have your and your teams work recognised, not only amongst your peers and broader network, but also by your colleagues, the profession and the community around you. Based on my own personal experience, I can say that being nominated can be equally as beneficial as winning, if you leverage your personal social media channels and your organisation’s internal communications channels throughout the process – but that’s an article for another day! Nominations for TEMI’s Australasian Workforce Management Awards are now open and we have some great tips for submitting a winning award application.
Tips for a winning award application
- Be as specific as possible and use examples of the positive impact your work has had on the global workforce (physically mobile or virtual!) and use testimonials from your colleagues, assignees or service providers if they are available.
- Make sure you read and address all of the criteria. If you’re not meeting one of the criterion, make sure you outline why – exceptions will be allowed if the criterion is not applicable to your particular situation.
- It can be helpful to clearly define the challenge you were trying to solve and what the solution was to help tell your story – this is where you can really showcase what makes your submission unique.
- Write your application, take a step back and come back to it later to refine. Don’t do it on the day of the deadline!
- Ask someone your work has had an impact on to read over or talk through your application, to make sure you’ve captured all the highlights. The global talent mobility industry tends not to sell itself, so it may feel unnatural to boast, but that’s exactly what we want you to do! This process can also ensure you’re including enough background information and have sense-checked any assumptions.
- These last few might seem obvious, but don’t forget to spellcheck and avoid acronyms or company jargon the judges won’t be familiar with – and remove any confidential information!
- Be confident in the quality of your work. The process starts with recognising the value of what you do and taking the first steps to apply.
On that note, please know that if a written award application feels too daunting or resource-intensive for you, we also have the option of interviewing you or your team for an award or for you to submit a self-recorded application video. The friendly TEMI Taskforce can book a half hour interview with you, help you decide which award category your work best falls under and ask all of the application questions over the phone.
Contact the TEMI team today at email@example.com or via our socials.
*It would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to spruik one of our newest award category here, the Spotlight Award. This new category is about recognising those members of your team who have gone above and beyond to help deliver great outcomes for the global mobility function and therefore the organisation as a whole. One could say it’s an award for the quiet achievers. Please take a moment to think about who you might be able to nominate in this category (keeping in mind that you can nominate more than one). After a particularly trying year (or two!), nominating someone for this award is a great way to say thanks to those who have risen to the challenge and delivered exceptional results.