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The 2014 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Winners

Todd Raphael
Mar 19, 2014, 5:07 am ET

ere-awards-logo-2014You saw the list of finalists — a group that, like I said in that post, really all are honorees given how close of a call most every category was, and how many good applications there were that didn’t make the final cut.

Now let’s look at the final winners. Thanks again to the judges.

Best College Recruiting Program keep reading…

2014 ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards Finalists

Todd Raphael
Mar 7, 2014, 12:32 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 9.21.03 AMFinalists for this year’s ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards run the gamut: lots of new names; some familiar names who’ve been honored in the past, and one quite colorful name.

They join a select group of companies who’ve been named in the past: the Dells, the Microsofts, the Whirlpools, UPSs, Enterprises, and Marriotts of the corporate world.

Thanks to the judges for their hard work looking over hundreds of words and dozens of Powerpoints, Excel spreadsheets, videos, and PDFs from Turkey, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, India, New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere.

The finalists are below. In the past, we named the winners at the spring ERE conference. Not this year. We’ll announce them on by the end of March, with some of the honorees presenting or being interviewed at the fall ERE conference, September 17-18 in Chicago, or featured in website articles on, or webinars. So expect to hear more about the winners, and what they’ve done to win.

There’s no better time than this to say that these finalists, though not the short list of winners, are winners. Yes, that sounds corny, but for these awards, it’s the truth, as in most every category, a hair separated the winner from the finalists, and just beating out the other applicants to become a finalist is a big accomplishment. Here’s the list, in alphabetical order within the categories.

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How Your Recruiting Department Can Get Recognized for Its Great Work

Todd Raphael
Dec 13, 2013, 3:23 pm ET

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I am excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the tenth annual ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards, the profession’s most prestigious award.

This year we will be recognizing best-in-class contributions from corporate recruiting departments in eight categories: Best College Recruiting Program, Best Corporate Careers Websites, Best Employee Referral Program, Best Employer Brand, Best Military Talent Program, Best Onboarding Program, Most Strategic Use of Technology, and Recruiting Department/Function of the Year (separate awards for small and large companies).

The list of past honorees includes small & large, public & private, non-profit, and government organizations from the U.S. and around the world including the U.S. Navy, Microsoft, Aricent, Ernst & Young, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Veterans United Home Loans, and others.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 3, 2014 to be considered.

Read more online about the categories, rules, and FAQsClick here to start your application today.

2013 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Winners

Todd Raphael
Apr 16, 2013, 8:12 pm ET

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 10.45.39 PMYou’ve read about the finalists — a mix of healthcare organizations, management consultants, past finalists, new entrants, small firms, and multinationals.

They all took the stage today as the winners of the prestigious ERE Recruiting Excellence Award were announced. Ernst & Young was among the big honorees, taking home multiple honors. Onboarding as a category was a first this year; its winner, Veterans United Home Loans, beat out the well-publicized and quite-impressive-itself H. Bloom. Dell won with a simple, clean site in the career website category.

Sodexo USA’s team was named the department/function of the year in the larger-company category.


Here’s the complete list:

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2013 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Finalists

Todd Raphael
Feb 13, 2013, 5:51 am ET

EREAwards_2013In this, the ninth year of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards, finalists include a New York hospital that’s a finalist in two categories, a flower delivery company, a big technology and a big banking company, government contractors, management consultants, and a fast-growing home-loan organization.

“It really brings me hope to see people doing excellent things,” one judge wrote to me, about the industry’s leading awards for talent acquisition.

We made a few changes since last year’s ERE Recruiting Excellence Award winners and finalists were announced. For the first time we have an onboarding category. We split the “department of the year” into large and small companies. We altered the “careers website” a bit to encompass more than just a company’s own site, but social media and similar sites as well. And, we added an “innovation,” award, which will be announced at the upcoming Recruiting Innovation Summit.

The other winners will be announced at the ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in San Diego, where the finalists will up on stage in a perennially popular q-and-a session for the audience.

Here are those finalists in alphabetical order within the categories: keep reading…

The Value of Winning Functional Excellence Awards

Dr. John Sullivan
Dec 17, 2012, 5:02 am ET

The very best strategic recruiting and talent management leaders are continually looking for ways to improve their results, their credibility, and their business impacts. One of the most powerful tools for reaching those goals and for developing an excellent function is to apply for and win functional awards.

Some mistakenly think that applying for awards is strictly for ego gratification, but that would be a major mistake because the application process itself helps to drive functional excellence. This is because the award process focuses the entire team, and the award criteria themselves serve as excellent guidelines as to what does or does not impress business leaders. The award process forces you to understand metrics and to compare your practices and results to the very best. Applying and winning awards can build team cohesion and eventually it can lead to significantly higher internal credibility and larger budgets.

If you’ve been suffering through years of down budgets, the awards competition can give your team a spurt of energy and it can force them to pay more attention to the external talent competition, because recruiting and talent management are already daily external competitions.

Awards to Consider keep reading…

The Ladders Pitches; Bullhorn Reaches; Readyforce Betas

John Zappe and Todd Raphael
May 4, 2012, 1:54 am ET

We got a pitch this week about The Pitch from The Ladders, which is doing a co-promotion with the latest unscripted TV show to air. From cable network AMC, this show has two ad agencies competing each week to win an account.

If you think about it (but not too much) there is a connection between agencies pitching a campaign and a job seeker pitching themselves, as in the elevator pitch, the interview, and so on. There’s also a kind of ironic coherence having TheLadders promoting a show that will take us into the kind of brainstorming sessions that lead to TheLadders’ own (provocative) ad campaign featuring  shirtless men and dancing women.

TheLadders also knows market repositioning. The job board started life as the place for only $100k+ jobs, and $100k+ candidates. Now it takes almost all comers.

Ready in Full Force

From the where-are-they-now department, you may remember that ERE article about Emergent and other new players in the staffing field. We mentioned that Readyforce was in a private beta and not getting too public and all. No longer. It’s now inviting U.S. students and companies to sign up for the beta, and says that 300 companies have joined Readyforce so far. keep reading…

2012 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Winners

Todd Raphael
Mar 29, 2012, 1:59 pm ET

You’ve read about the finalists. The winners of the most prestigious award in the recruiting field were named March 29 in San Diego, at the ERE Expo.

A big congratulations to them — a mix of new winners and old, government agencies and private corporations. They join past winners such as Adidas Group, Starbucks, and Enterprise.

The video of the q-and-a session with the finalists will be available online soon — stay tuned. In the meantime, the winners are:

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2012 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Finalists

Todd Raphael
Feb 7, 2012, 5:40 am ET

This eighth year of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards brought applications from big corporations, small companies, government agencies in the U.S., and consultancies in India. In some categories there were runaway winners, and in others, there were knock-down, drag-out barn-burners.

As fun as it is to judge, it was taken seriously. Some applicants used every hour of their midnight, January 6 deadline (we know — we were on the phone answering their questions) and judges used every minute of theirs (we know for the same reason). Judges wrote lengthy explanations of their choices, and some created algorithms to rank each applicant, and sent us the spreadsheets they created as living proof.

Anyhow, it sounds trite, but great work’s being done, in many cases under challenging circumstances. Some of the companies that didn’t win were so good that we hope they apply again, or share their stories on webinars or at future conferences. As for next spring’s conference in San Diego, that’s where the winners will be announced, and that’s where they’ll take questions from you as to how they succeeded, overcame hurdles, and what’s in store next. Without further ado, here are the finalists in alphabetical order within the categories:

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2011 Recruiting Excellence Award Winners

Todd Raphael
Mar 24, 2011, 2:26 pm ET

A big congratulations to this year’s recipients of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards. They’ll be in the good company of past winners such as EY, Sodexo, DaVita, Starbucks, and Enterprise.

They were named today at the ERE Expo in San Diego. They also answered questions here from the audience, a super-interesting q-and-a session available online (see 10 a.m. on the 24th).

Beyond that, you’ll hear about the winners in multiple venues, including upcoming articles on this website, at this Fall’s conference in Hollywood Florida (September 7-9; expect to see Cisco, Accenture, Deloitte, and others on the agenda), and more.

You read about the finalists. Here are the winners. keep reading…

2011 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Finalists

Todd Raphael
Feb 1, 2011, 12:30 pm ET

ereawards-toplogo-2010This was the seventh year of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards, but it was the military talent category, added for the first time, that was mentioned by more judges than any other category, as employers searched for creative ways to attract the many returnees coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq.

One judge (Rob Dromgoole) wrote on Facebook:

Finished voting for Recruiting Department of 2010 and Military Recruiting Program of Year 2010 for ERE. Lots of great applications. I’m humbled by how great some programs are.

And another (Gerry Crispin) emailed to say about the “military talent” category:

EVERY ONE of the Public and Private Companies and Agency firms who submitted to this category are winners. They are ALL engaged in ensuring that an underutilized but highly prized segment of our population is getting up to bat for jobs and competing for openings.

The judges took this project seriously, some showing me the spreadsheets and algorithms they created to keep track of their entries and sending me feedback on what worked and what didn’t.

As always, you’ll hear a lot more about the finalists throughout the year. At the Spring conference in San Diego, the winners will be announced, and you’ll be able to ask them how they did it, how they overcame challenges, and so on. We’ll also talk about them more on this site, in the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, on the site, and we’ll ask some to speak at ERE’s Fall Conference in Florida (September 7-9, 2011).

This year’s finalists, in alphabetical order within each category:

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Win Program Excellence Awards to Enhance Your Employer Brand and Your Career

Dr. John Sullivan
Oct 11, 2010, 5:57 am ET

In my experience, there is no single action that has a greater impact on your employer brand image then by winning an external award for excellence in your people management programs. It is the equivalent to winning an Oscar for a movie. This external assessment sends a message to everyone heralding the quality of your work. Winning an award sends a credible and believable message that you have “excellent people management programs.”

That message is judged to be authentic in large part because the message verifying the quality of your work came from a neutral third party conducting a side-by-side external competition between multiple firms. Potential applicants don’t automatically believe what they read on your corporate website, but your believability goes up significantly when your message is supported by this external award. In addition to employer brand building, winning an award also increases your function’s internal credibility and prestige among your organization’s executives. This additional credibility is especially important in areas like HR that rely on “soft metrics,” which executives frequently view with a skeptical eye. If you fear that executives are unsure about their assessment of your performance or level of innovativeness, an external award can quickly dispel any doubts that they might have about the quality of your work. keep reading…

Best Practices in Recruiting — ERE Excellence Awards 2010 (Part 4 of 4)

Dr. John Sullivan
Apr 7, 2010, 5:17 am ET

If you have read parts one through three, you already know that despite a down economy, a good number of organizations documented the need for innovation and made the business case for change in their organizations. The focus on supporting applicants using mobile technology was common, as were efforts to improve quality of hire, plan more effectively, and drive retention.

Notably absent from this year’s awards: a major focus on diversity. For the first time since the awards program’s inception, not enough applications were received in the category to enable adequate comparison. Did diversity drop in importance, or have diversity recruiting efforts become so embedded that organizations no longer evaluate them on a standalone basis?

In this final installment, I’ll look at the practices of two organizations that pulled their practices together to make the case as to why they should be considered the Function of the Year. keep reading…

Best Practices in Recruiting — ERE Excellence Awards 2010 (Part 3 of 4)

Dr. John Sullivan
Apr 5, 2010, 5:43 am ET

In parts one and two of this series we covered the best practices of the winner and finalist in the employee referral, employer branding, and corporate career site categories of this year’s ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards. It’s hard to capture using just a few bullet points the degree to which organizations selected have thought through their efforts, but as you are reading through the series, I hope you are comparing your organization and contemplating how you stack up. The one thing that separates nearly all winners from the rest of the pack is the relentless application of learning to improve existing processes or devise new ones.

This installment will cover the college recruiting, retention, and strategic use of technology categories. keep reading…

Best Practices in Recruiting — ERE Excellence Awards 2010 (Part 2 of 4)

Dr. John Sullivan
Apr 1, 2010, 5:40 am ET

In part two of this four part series covering the ERE Recruiting Excellence Award winners, we’ll take a look at how leading organizations are positioning themselves via employer branding and telling their story via their career websites. Always popular categories, this year drew numerous applications as more organizations realized the power of differentiating themselves in a highly competitive labor market despite economic turbulence around the world. keep reading…

Best Practices in Recruiting — ERE Excellence Awards 2010 (Part 1 of 4)

Dr. John Sullivan
Mar 29, 2010, 5:47 am ET

In a fast-changing world, organizations must stay abreast of trends and best practices in recruiting and talent management. Unfortunately, when economic downturns occur, many firms slack off on benchmarking and assume that they will be able to catch up later. Conversely, the best of the best take advantage of downturns as an opportune time to catch up, develop a strategic plan, and advance their craft in ways laggards find hard to emulate when demand spikes.

In my experience, there’s no better way to identify the best firms and their best practices in talent management than to examine the accomplishments of the finalists and winners in’s annual recruiting excellence awards competition. Like in past years, this year’s participants have done some amazing things that are certainly worth emulating.

Each year, applications for consideration in one or more of the awards program’s eight categories come in from all over the globe. There is a good mix of large, medium, and smaller organizations, and a wide cross section of industries represented. As one of the judges who has evaluated entries since the award program’s inception, I like to conduct a deep analysis into what challenges participants are addressing, and what innovations they are developing in response.

This four-part series will highlight some of the amazing practices that earned organizations a spot as a finalist. While not all of the practices described may be ideal for your organization, in general they are practices that the judging panel finds indicative of world-class recruiting in progressive talent management organizations. keep reading…

Is a Company Tattoo the Ultimate in Branding?

John Zappe
Mar 23, 2010, 5:37 pm ET

You love your company. You love its culture, its people, its products. And you feel great coming to work every day.

But would you get the company’s logo tattooed on your arm?

Michael Long did. And he only officially become an employee at tech hosting company Rackspace this month.

Here he is, though, at last week’s South By Southwest getting his tat as bemused onlookers take pictures. keep reading…

2010 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Winners

Todd Raphael
Mar 16, 2010, 3:57 pm ET

ereawards-toplogo-2010A big congratulations to this year’s recipients of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards. They’ll be in the good company of past winners such as Starbucks, Deloitte, and Enterprise.

You’ll hear about the winners in multiple venues, including upcoming articles on this website, as well as at this week’s conference in San Diego, this Fall’s conference in Hollywood Florida (October 26-27-28), and in the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership. keep reading…

The Finalists

Todd Raphael
Feb 8, 2010, 1:30 pm ET

ereawards-toplogo-2010Coming off of a year of layoffs, pay and hiring freezes, bankruptcies, and bailouts, one would think it’s not the year for a recruiting award.

Think again.

ERE Recruiting Excellence Award applicants found creative ways to redeploy employees, including recruiters, avoiding layoffs and saving money. Others used the recession to redo their career websites, build a new employee-pipelining tool, and change its sources of hire to upgrade the technologically savviness of its workforce.

The judges were impressed. They were diligent and inquisitive, too, so to all judges, thanks.

Here are this year’s finalists. As always, you’ll hear a lot more about them throughout the year — in the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, on this site, at ERE’s Fall Conference in Florida (October 26-27-28), and in the Spring.

As for the Spring ERE Expo in San Diego, there’ll be a reception Monday night where some information on the finalists will be available. The next day, the winners will be announced in front of the whole conference audience, and you’ll be able to ask them questions.

This year’s finalists, in alphabetical order within each category: keep reading…

Sourcing Insight: Market Segmentation

Marvin Smith
Jul 22, 2009, 5:26 am ET

The interviewee queried the Microsoft Hardware Interviewer: “What is Microsoft’s commitment to hardware?” The applicant continued: “While, Microsoft is known for software, what is your vision for the hardware business?

This scene played out over and over. Sometimes the candidate would even be looking over the interviewer’s shoulder without noticing the poster proudly displayed behind the Microsoft hiring manager. Yes, after 25 years, we were still getting those questions.

That was two years ago. Since then, we have changed the perception of Microsoft Hardware. We have changed the brand Hardware@Microsoft. Hardware@Microsoft has become a profession. The average “person on the street” may not know anything about Hardware@Microsoft. But a target audience of engineers who work in hardware will know about the importance of hardware in terms of Microsoft’s business vision.

ERE acknowledged our work with a “Most Strategic Use of Technology Award” and industry thought leaders like Dr. John Sullivan called our work “pioneering.” (In fairness, this award was shared by a talented group of colleagues who created View My World and incidentally just launched a new careers site.) While being recognized by one’s industry is flattering, the real success of our work was in solving a business need in our division.

The story of making Hardware@Microsoft a profession was an answer to a critical business issue.

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