IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in entering The FIRM Awards 2021.

Please complete the entry criteria then submit your nomination(s). All mandatory fields must be completed before you are able to submit. You will be required to register - you will receive an email, please click the link to confirm. If you have already registered, then simply login. You will then be able to complete the entry process.

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LARGE RECRUITMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

Nominations are welcome from entire recruiting departments or geographically/functionally aligned teams, showing innovation and commitment to delivering a quality service to the company. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.  

Large recruitment functions are those with a FTE of 6 or more including leader. The Judges won’t be judging this category solely on performance metrics, but will be paying particular attention to the positive impact that the team has had on the success of the company/region/business unit, as well as positive influence on employer branding and customer experience. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

IN-HOUSE RECRUITER OF THE YEAR

Self-nominations will be accepted for this category, from an individual's manager, HRD, team members, or an internal customer(s). This category recognises outstanding achievement of an individual Recruiter. 

The judges will be eager to understand the positive impact the nominees have made to their colleagues in HR, to the stakeholders within your business and to those interested in working for your organisation. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

RECRUITMENT LEADER OF THE YEAR

This category is open to those holding a functional leadership position within any size of organisation. Those nominated may be Heads of Recruitment, Directors of Recruitment or hold similar positions and who have shown outstanding skills and capabilities in leading their project, team or function. It is likely they will be a manager of managers. A new Recruitment Manager category is available for team managers or smaller functional managers who supervise individual contributors.

Self-nominations will not be acceptedNominations will only be accepted from the individual's manager, an HRD, their team or an internal customer(s).

The Judges will be eager to understand the positive impact the nominees have made to the motivation, development and performance of those under their leadership, as well as the delivery of the service to the stakeholders within your business. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST EMERGING TALENT RECRUITMENT STRATEGY

This category recognises exceptional creativity and innovation in development and delivery of an effective Graduate, Intern, Apprentice and School Leaver Recruitment and development programme. Testimonies from those on the programme, as well as from customers of the programme will be required. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category. 

The Judges will be keen to hear how the strategy seeks to attract and hire top talent, how you engage and manage all applicants, what your assessment/selection criteria and processes looks like, how you engage with those hired and how you structured the development programme for those hired. Testimonies from in-house stakeholders and graduates hired or in pipeline, will be of considerable interest to the Judges.. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST EMPLOYEE REFERRAL PROGRAMME

This category recognises exceptional creativity and innovation in development and delivery of an effective Employee Referral Programme (ERP).  The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category. 

The Judges will be keen to understand how the ERP has been developed, as well as deployed and marketed. They will look at how you have ensured that the pipeline of referrals is of suitable quality without disengaging referrers and other metrics as well as the impact to Employee Engagement initiatives.

BEST CAREERS WEBSITE

 This category is open to all recruitment teams and other partnering departments in the same organisation, if applicable. Entries are welcomed from Recruitment Media or Marketing organisations on behalf of their customers. This category recognises the most effective, engaging and candidate-friendly Careers Website and its impact on Recruiting function as well as the Candidate Experience and Employer Brand. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category. 

The judges will be examining both aesthetic and technical aspects of the careers website, including use of brand, use of photos and video, navigation and browsing ease, mobile and  tablet responsiveness, accessibility and content copy.  Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST DIVERSITY & INCLUSION RECRUITMENT STRATEGY

This category recognises exceptional creativity and innovation in development and delivery of an effective Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment strategy. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.

The judges will be keen to assess the positive impact that the D&I recruitment strategy has had to your organisation in terms of diversity metrics and company success, along with understanding what D&I, as applied to recruitment, means to your organisation. Consistency and sustainability will also be important to the judges. Please provide the information  requested in the entry form . Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST SUPPLIER PARTNERSHIP

As functions mature, suppliers often form a crucial and integral part of the organisation's success in talent acquisition, either as an ongoing or outsourcing component to the department, or engaging for a specific project or major initiative. This category seeks to recognise suppliers and employers who have achieved the bench mark in supplier engagement, management and utilisation. Nominations accepted from both Employers and Suppliers.

The judges will be keen to see evidence of a thorough engagement process, excellent ongoing stakeholder management and collaboration practices, and a clear commitment to shared success. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

This category recognises exceptional and outstanding innovation in any aspect of the recruitment life-cycle within a single organisation or team. Entries will be accepted from a recruiting team, a project team or from an individual. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.

The judges will be providing credit to entries which demonstrate genuine innovation in either the concept or a major component of methodology in an initiative focusing on talent acquistion. Marks will be allocated for measured results, stakeholder feedback and evidence of thorough planning, testing and effective implementation. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

OUTSTANDING IMPACT TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

This category recognises the most effective positive impact a team or Recruitment Manager has had to the delivery of the recruitment service to internal customers and candidates alike. This award can be entered for by a team, part of a team or an individual. The Judges will accept self-nominations, as well as nominations from an individual's manager, an HRD, colleagues or an internal customer.

The Judges will be keen to understand what the reason and justification for the transformation are/were, its scope and scale, the timeframes and objectives to be met, what the results of change were in terms of quantifiable measures and statistics, what the ROI was, as well as how it was measured.Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST DEVELOPMENT OF AN EMPLOYER BRAND

This category is open to all recruitment teams and other partnering departments in the same organisation, if applicable. This category recognises the most successful and effective development of an Employer Brand (EB) and its impact on the Recruiting function and recruitment lifecycle. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.

Emphasis will be placed on clearly defined objectives, how they were met and what improvements the programme had from previous years, measured in terms of feedback and hiring metrics. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST SOCIAL RECRUITMENT STRATEGY

Social networks, both established and new, are increasingly avenues of attraction and engagement for talent. This category recognises initiatives focusing on social channels to achieve hiring objections. Self-nomination is permitted for this category. 

The judges will be looking for evidence of a clear strategy behind channel selection, excellent audience engagement, and the methods use to retain and promote brand identity and convert prospects to candidates. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE

This category recognises the most creative, successful and friendly candidate experience. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category. 

The Judges will have a particular interest in how the nominees have worked to create a consistent Candidate First engagement model, how it has been used to improve the quality of applications and hires and show a clear understanding of market demographics when engaging with different applicants and candidates in the grading structure. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST ON-BOARDING EXPERIENCE

This category recognises and acknowledges outstanding development and delivery of an effective pre-boarding and on-boarding strategy for all new hires. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category. 

The judges will be interested to understand how the strategy has improved employee engagement, quality of hire and if any direct impact on company performance can be attributed. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

RECRUITMENT EFFECTIVENESS AWARD

A new award in 2019, we are now recognising the work recruitment functions do to achieve results through the quality and management of their processes. Do you truly operate a data-driven function (not just produce a pretty monthly report), have you transformed your time or cost of hire through efficiency measures, or have you harnessed your technology to automate the things other companies still do manually? You don't have to have a team of champions, the most inspiring leaders, or a meaty transformation agenda to be doing excellent business-as-usual work. If the answer is yes to any of the above, this award is probably for you.

SUPPLIER INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Talent Acquisition is never usually a wholly internal affair, and high performing companies across the world rely on the technology, expertise, creativity and solutions available from a host of vendors and suppliers. It is the innovation of these suppliers which more often than not kicks our profession into new phases of our evolution, and in pace with the changing shape of workplaces and job seekers. This award recognises innovations from the recruitment vendor landscape, without which our pace of change would certainly be slower.

BEST INTERNAL RECRUITMENT STRATEGY

Properly managing an effective internal recruitment regime is often seen as the second class citizen to company's external recruiting efforts. This category recognises excellence in promoting internal mobility and career development through a well-crafted and implemented internal recruitment strategy. Self-nomination is permitted for this category. 

Judges will be keen to see evidence of a specifically engineered recruitment strategy and policy for employees, metrics supporting the important place internal recruitment plays in vacancy fulfillment, and testimonials supporting the realisation of the strategy at the company. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST USE OF VIDEO

This category is open to all recruitment teams and other partnering departments in the same organisation, if applicable. Entries are welcomed from Recruitment Media or Marketing organisations on behalf of their customers. This category recognises the most effective and engaging recruitment video or use of video within a recruitment campaign, and its impact on Employer Brand and candidate attraction. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.

The judges will be examining the video aesthetic, production values, use of brand, audience engagement (including metrics), and the execution and outcomes of the video project. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

BEST USE OF AI

This category is open to all recruitment teams and other partnering departments in the same organisation, if applicable. Entries are welcomed from Recruitment vendors/suppliers on behalf of a specific customer. This category recognises the most effective use of AI and machine learning in a recruitment process or campaign. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.

The judges will be looking for the strategy behind employing AI, the assessment and validity behind the technology, and will want to understand the deployment plan. Judges will pay attention particularly to the recorded outcomes and metrics associated with success of the project, and also the candidate/user experience outcomes. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

SMALL RECRUITMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

Nominations are welcome from entire recruiting departments or geographically/functionally aligned teams, showing innovation and commitment to delivering a quality service to the company. The Judges will accept self-nominations for this category.

Small Recruitment teams consist of an FTE of up to 5 including leader. The Judges won’t be judging this category solely on performance metrics, but will be paying particular attention to the positive impact that the team has had on the success of the company/region/business unit, as well as positive influence on employer branding and customer experience. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

RECRUITMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

This category is open to those holding a team management position within any size of organisation. Those nominated may be Team Leaders, supervisors, managers, or hold similar positions and who have shown outstanding skills and capabilities in leading their team or project. It is likely they will be a manager of individual contributors, or a manager of managers in a larger organisation, but still report to a TA/recruitment Head/Director.

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations will only be accepted from the individual's manager, an HRD, their team or an internal customer(s).

The Judges will be eager to understand the positive impact the nominees have made to the motivation, development and performance of those they manage, as well as the delivery of the service to the stakeholders within your business. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com

EMERGING TALENT RECRUITMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

This category recognises excellence in emerging talent (graduate, intern, apprentice and post-grad) recruitment by a dedicated specialist team. Emerging talent recruitment is unique in its cyclical, seasonal and programmatic nature, and this award acknowledges the work dedicated teams undertake in creating and hiring into early career roles in their organisation. Self nominations are permitted from dedicated in-house teams or fully onsite RPO teams.

The judges will be keen to understand how you structure your team and approach the annual cycle of early careers recruitment, how you compete for talent in a notoriously saturated area of recruitment, and the metrics and performance statistics which demonstrate the successes of your programmes and campaigns. Credit will be given to entries demonstrating considerations to cultural and values fits, diversity & inclusion, and the changing and generational present and future world of work.

BEST LEADERSHIP HIRING STRATEGY

 This category recognises excellence achieved in the approach to hiring leadership talent and may include internal talent development initiatives, the creation and embedding of a new service or in-sourcing initiative, or a specific campaign (i.e. a specific project to drive diversity in the leadership pipeline) This category is open to in-house recruitment functions or fully onsite RPO teams. Self-nominations are permitted.

The Judges will be looking for evidence of a successful leadership hiring strategy that is fully embedded within the organisation. Of interest will be candidate and stakeholder engagement PLUS key performance metrics around internal/external hiring, third party spend, and any change/ transition journeys undertaken. The judges will also rate evidence of diversity and inclusion hiring amongst senior leadership and executive cohorts.

BEST ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION STRATEGY

This award recognises excellence in the design, implementation and utilisation of robust, relevant and best practice assessment and methodologies within an employer. As the wealth of resources, understanding and innovation applied to assessment strategies grows each year, this category marks out those organisations who have gone the extra mile in crafting a selection strategy matching their business' needs.

Judges will be keen to see evidence of a specifically engineered assessment and selection strategy which seeks to promote best-fit selection decisions, whilst retaining an excellent candidate experience,  and good use of business time. Judges will want to understand how the organisation's values and culture are incorporated, and how the strategy approaches Diversity & Inclusion. Please provide the information requested in the entry form. Should you require further assistance please contact awards@thefirm-network.com