Getting the Recognition you deserve – “How to write an award winning entry”

By Steve Williams

Why enter awards? Isn’t it just a lot of hassle? Can you really be bothered to spend time writing an award entry? What's going to be the return on investment? Can you justify the time and effort when you could be doing so much more?

With so many awards to enter, so many different category's to enter and what ones should you do, well the event that HR in hospitality on 20th May looked to help employers understand the importance of award and some top tips on how to get the most out of entering awards even if you don't win.

We heard some great examples from different organisations of the benefits from entering awards.  There are so many ways to gain recognition not just HR specific awards.

Ian Richardson from Jumeriah said your entry should be a true story that has already been written and being shortlisted is a great excuse to celebrate with your team a real motivator. Being shortlisted helps with:

Credibility (for you, the team and within the organisation)
External Benchmarking (the work you do is really good, compare with your peers)
Team Motivation (a motivator in itself)
Celebration of your success (an excuse to come along to an award evening)
Talent attraction (great to talk about at interviews, gives people a reason to want to join you)
Career development (can help people in your team develop)

The event included some ‘Top Tips’ on how to write an award winning entry from Esther O’Halloran - click here to see the slides: How to write an award winning entry

Answer the questions properly
Don’t ignore the word count
Avoid copy and pasting at all costs
Banish all HR jargon
Write persuasively
Include supporting evidence
Remember that words beat links 
Make it easy to access websites and files
Leave yourself (just) enough time
Assign somebody to the job
Consult colleagues
Proofread
Avoid lame typos
Make sure clients give you the thumbs up
Be passionate

HRinhospitality have opened up the 2014 awards this year with  a NEW category for Excellence in Employee Engagement. We are pleased to announce that Caterer.com have offered the HR Scholarship of £2,500 for the second year too. We want to encourage as many entries as possible this year to keep our judges busy. Great news entry is FREE unlike some awards, so no excuse start preparing your entries now.

So come on, it your chance to shine and enter an award, the ROI will be clear.