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EMPLOYER  AWARD CATEGORIES

Best Grad Program

Grad programs enable a smooth transition from the classroom to the workplace and are a key component of developing tomorrow’s leaders for many organizations. Whether you’ve improved a long-standing program or are building one from the ground up, this award is for you! Top Student Judges will be asked to evaluate:

  • How you recruit and hire for your grad program
  • The onboarding experience and the training that is provided
  • How you ensure your new grads are set up for success in the workplace
  • The overall experience you provide for grads in your programs

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview and description of your grad program that addresses each of the judging criteria listed above. Tip: The inclusion of testimonials and photos will bring your grad program to life!

Best Career Website

For employers with specific websites targeting students, recent graduates, and early career professionals, the Best Career Website is awarded to the employer with the career website that is judged to be most appealing and useful to students, recent graduates and early career professionals. Top Student Judges will be asked to consider the quality of the content provided, as well as ease of use and design, all in the context of their wants and needs when they research their career options and your company.

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your career website
  • The URL of your career website
  • The goals you strive to achieve through your career website
  • The achievements of your career website over the last year. This could include award recognition, content or navigational updates.
  • What makes your website unique?
  • What kind of media do you include on your website and why?
  • Do you use any other methods of engagement (bots, widgets, etc) on your website?
  • How do you provide insights into your recruitment efforts on your website?

Best Internship/Co-op Program

For some organizations, internship/co-op programs are like extended job interviews for both the employer and the candidate, and employers are increasingly using these programs as campus recruitment, pipeline and retention tools to hire the best and brightest new graduates. Top Student Judges will be asked to evaluate:

  • How you recruit and hire for your internship/co-op program
  • The onboarding experience, training (mentorship or career development) that is provided
  • How you ensure your interns or co-op students are set up for success in the workplace
  • How you keep them engaged before, during and after their internship or work term
  • What other perks do the students get during their co-op (travel, volunteer, other engagement opportunities)?

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your initiatives that addresses each of the judging criteria listed above. Include relevant links, documents, testimonials, photos or other media to support the application.

Campus Recruiting Program of the Year

In today’s changing environment, employers are innovating at a rapid pace in order to remain or become competitive in recruiting top talent. This award recognizes the organization that has executed the best campus recruitment program of the year. Top Student Judges will be asked to consider the activities undertaken by the employer, and the success achieved.

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your initiatives and achievements in campus recruitment
  • Include descriptions of all of your campus recruitment programs, Internship/Co-op Programs, New Grad and/or Rotational Programs
  • How many schools do you engage with and how do you engage with them?
  • What types of roles do you recruit for?
  • What strategies do you use to recruit students and new grads?
  • Relevant links, documents, testimonials, photos or other media to support the application

Recruiting Program of the Year for a nonprofit

In today’s changing environment, organizations are innovating at a rapid pace in order to remain or become competitive in recruiting top talent. This award recognizes the non profit organization that has executed the best recruitment program of the year. Top Student Judges will be asked to consider the activities undertaken by the organization, and the success achieved.

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your initiatives and achievements in recruitment
  • What strategies do you use for recruiting candidates, including students and new grads, if applicable?
  • What employer branding activities do you pursue, if any?
  • Include descriptions of all of your recruitment efforts, including volunteers or fundraising
  • What types of roles do you recruit for and what recruitment strategies do you use?
  • Relevant links, documents, testimonials, photos or other media to support the application

Campus Recruiter of the Year (Individual)

Every year, there are individuals within the campus recruiting community who stand out – whether it’s by taking a risk (and winning) with new technologies, becoming a recognized thought leader in the market, or excelling where others have struggled. This award is for egg-ceptional individual campus recruiters who have particularly egg-celled over the past year. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on the individual’s overall achievements in campus recruitment. Applications for this award may be submitted personally, or by a third-party nomination.

When applying for this award, please include a short overview (300 words or less) of the nominee’s achievements, including social media influence and engagement, on-campus activities, student and/or school testimonials, relevant links, documents and photos to support the application.

Recruiter of the Year for a Nonprofit (Individual)

Every year, there are individuals within the recruiting community who stand out – whether it’s by taking a risk (and winning) with new technologies, becoming a recognized thought leader in the market, or excelling where others have struggled. This award is for egg-ceptional individual recruiters who have particularly egg-celled over the past year. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on the individual’s overall achievements in recruitment. Applications for this award may be submitted personally, or by a third-party nomination.

When applying for this award, please include a short overview (300 words or less) of the nominee’s achievements, including social media influence and engagement, activities, candidate testimonials, relevant links, documents and photos to support the application.

Best Employer Branding And Outreach

Has your organization ‘figured out’ how to effectively reach students and grads using digital media? Do you have a great on-campus presence, run innovative competitions, publish creative videos? This category recognizes employers that egg-cel in getting their employment brand and recruiting message to students and grads. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on your overall campaign, and how well you use various tools/strategies to:

  • Enable access to information about your student and new grad recruitment
  • Provide unique information about opportunities for students and grads
  • Leverage employer branding strategies to recruit students and new grads
  • Differentiate yourself from other competitors in the market to attract students and new grads.

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your Employer Branding and Outreach strategies, goals and initiatives
  • The achievements of your initiatives over the past year
  • Links, examples, or descriptions of all aspects that you would like to be considered; which can include but not limited to videos, social media examples, and employer branding assets.

Best Social Media Presence

Crafting an egg-ceptional social media presence is no easy task. It requires planning, dedication, and a healthy dose of creativity. This category recognizes organizations that egg-cel at leveraging social media to engage with students and new grads. Top Student Judges will provide feedback on your overall social media presence, and how well you use various tools/strategies to:

  • Effectively provide information for students and grads
  • Interact and engage with your audience in a relatable way
  • Create engaging online campaigns/posts aimed at aspiring young professionals

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your social media strategy
  • The highlights and unique components of your social media strategy
  • How your social media strategy has positively impacted students and grads
  • Provide examples of your social media posts, engagement and reach

Special Award for Diversity and Inclusion in Recruiting

This Special Award recognizes recruitment programs that are committed to socially responsible hiring and onboarding practices, and are actively incorporating policies that encourage inclusion, community outreach, accessibility, and/or diversity into their existing recruitment processes. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on how you incorporate Diversity and Inclusion with in your recruitment strategy.

When applying for this award, please provide considering including the following;

  • A brief overview of your recruitment strategy and initiatives pertaining to its Diversity and Inclusion practices, policies and programs
  • An overview of the achievements of these initiatives over the past year
  • How your organization promotes Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace to develop an inclusive workplace environment, as well as how your programs are promoted to external candidates
  • Relevant links, documents or other media to support the application

Special Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in Recruiting

This Special Award recognizes organizations that incorporate their CSR efforts as part of their Employer Branding and Talent Attraction strategies. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on how your CSR efforts support your employer branding and recruitment strategy. When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview on how your Talent Attraction Strategy incorporates your organization’s CSR initiatives
  • How do you use various tools and initiatives to reflect your CSR within your employer brand and recruitment
  • An overview of the goals of your Employer Brand and Talent Acquisition strategy and how the CSR initiatives have helped achieve these goals over the past year
  • How does your organization promote socially responsible initiatives within the workplace to support your employee engagement and retention?
  • Relevant links, documents, testimonials or media to support the application

Best Contribution To Student Career Development

Do you provide helpful resources to students and grads? Run a meaningful trainee program? Help students and grads make a successful transition from school to work? Today’s top employers understand that it’s not all about them – that top students respond well to and appreciate employers who have invested time and resources into providing them with the information they need to make a successful school-to-work transition. This award is for employers who have incorporated candidate/potential-candidate education into their recruitment strategy, and in doing so have made an egg-ceptional contribution to youth employment in Canada.

Top Student Judges will be asked to evaluate:

  • How you help students and recent graduates prepare for their careers
  • The various methods you employ in order to share this information (blogs, articles, videos, in-person sessions, etc.)
  • The effectiveness and impact of your efforts

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your initiatives that addresses each of the judging criteria listed above
  • Relevant links, documents, testimonials, images or other media to support the application

Best Use of Student Competitions for Recruitment

A trending and innovative way that employers are increasingly leveraging to assess future top talent is through the use of Student Competitions. Whether it be a hackathon, challenge or case study competition, employers are providing a meaningful experiential learning opportunity for students while supporting their recruitment efforts. Employers that run their own competitions or participate in student run competitions will be considered for this award.

It’s a win-win scenario for both Employers and Students; from student skill development, opportunities to network with employees at their organization, being awarded internships or full time positions to prizes.

Top Student Judges will be asked to consider the overall use of Student Competitions for recruitment by reviewing your application. When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your Student Competition
  • The strategy and goals of your student competition
  • Your promotional and engagement activities
  • The successes of your student competitions to date
  • Relevant links, testimonials, documents, images or other media to support the application

Best Recruitment Branding Strategy By A Professional Or Industry Association

Has your Association ‘figured out’ how to effectively position your industry or professional designation with effective recruitment branding strategies? Does your organization educate students, grads and young professionals about the various careers, opportunities and designations within your industry? More and more Associations are implementing digital marketing strategies, have an on-campus presence, engage on social media and participate at public speaking events. All with the same intentions of educating students, recent grads and young professionals to consider a career/designation within their industry.

Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on your overall campaign, and how well you use various tools/strategies to:

  • A brief overview of your Recruitment Branding and Outreach strategies, goals and initiatives
  • Leverage employer branding strategies to recruit students and new grads
  • The achievements of your initiatives over the past year
  • Differentiate yourself from other competitors in the market to attract students and new grads
  • Links, examples, or descriptions of all aspects that you would like to be considered; which can include but not limited to videos, social media examples, and employer branding assets.
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AWARD CATEGORIES (including Career Centres/Career Coaches)

Best Contribution To Student Career Development

Do you provide helpful resources to students and upcoming grads? Run meaningful workshops or programs? Help students and grads make a successful transition from school to work? Today’s top students respond well to and appreciate career centre/career coach professionals who have invested time and resources into providing them with the information they need to make a successful school-to-work transition. This award is for educational institutions/career coaches/career centres who have incorporated resources, workshops or programs and coaching into their strategy, and in doing so have made an egg-ceptional contribution to youth and early career employment in Canada.

Top Student Judges will be asked to evaluate:

  • How you help students and recent graduates prepare for their job search and careers
  • The various methods you help prepare students and upcoming grads (1:1 coaching sessions, assessments, workshops, etc.)
  • The effectiveness and impact of your efforts

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your initiatives that addresses each of the judging criteria listed above
  • Relevant links, documents, testimonials, images or other media to support the application

Special Award For Innovation By A Career Centre

We’re recognizing career centres that have taken an innovative approach to career education on their campuses. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on your overall programs and outreach, and how well you use various new tools/strategies in creative and innovative ways to:

  • Enable access to information about your career-related events, programs, workships
  • Engage students to participate in your programs
  • Provide unique information and educational opportunities – in groups and one-on-one

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your programs, initiatives, goals and strategies
  • The achievements of your initiatives over the past year
  • Links, examples, or descriptions of the innovative and distinctive aspects that you would like to be considered

Best Digital Marketing Campaign By An Educational Institution

Today’s top educational institutions understand the essential role that digital media plays in a successful recruitment strategy – and know how to use it to its full potential. This award recognizes the most egg-ceptional digital recruitment campaigns produced by an educational institution. Top Student Judges will provide feedback on your overall campaign, and how well you use various tools/strategies to:

  • Showcase information about your educational programs and services; which can include Undergrad, Graduate or Continuing Education Programs.
  • Provide unique and valuable learning opportunities for students and grads
  • Communicate recruitment messaging in an effective and engaging way

When applying for this award, please provide documentation that includes:

  • A brief overview of your digital recruitment strategy
  • How your digital recruitment campaign has positively impacted your audience
  • Links, examples, testimonials, images or descriptions of all aspects that you would like to be considered

Career Coach/Educator of the Year (Individual)

Every year, there are individuals within the Career Coaching or Education profession that go above and beyond and truly engage with young job seekers by providing support, advice, and encouragement to those making the school to work transition. This award is intended to celebrate and recognize egg-cellence and innovation in the area of career coaching and education. Top Student Judges will be asked to provide feedback on the individual’s overall achievements in the career coaching/educator profession. Applications for this award may be submitted personally, or by a third-party nomination.

When applying for this award, please include a short overview (300 words or less) of the nominee’s achievements, including any relevant links, testimonials, images or documents to support the application.