Remember when you were wee and your Mum/Dad/Granny/Grandad/ whoever you most wanted to impress would say "it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts"? So true. At Firefish we love to align ourselves with winners but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to have a trophy cabinet that's fit to burst to be our pal. Anyone who's successfully running a business or making placements and maintaining a scorching hot desk is a recruitment winner in our book! If you're making every effort to understand your market and play your part then we're a big fan of yours.
We do love to celebrate success which is why we were so keen to put our name behind two of the big recruitment award ceremonies that will kick off 'awards season' in spectacular fashion- the National Online Recruitment Awards and the Marketing & Digital Recruitment Awards. As we all know, these events are great even if you're not nominated as you have ample opportunity to network, meet the pros and let your hair down and say "Damn, we did good!". There's also something infectious about seeing other people do so well; making you want to return to the office and grab your workload by the horns fins and become even better.
This November we're delighted to be heading down to the NORAs (National Online Recruitment Awards) on the 12th where we're sponsoring the Best Trade Publication category. The competition is stiff in this category, and we're not just saying that! Finalists are: Brand Republic, Campaign Live, Drapers Jobs, Retail Gazette and TES Global.
We're pleased as punch as two of our clients find themselves nominated for awards at the ceremony. NineTwenty who recently experienced a hugely successful re-brand and image overhaul are finalists in the Best Newcomer category and be-IT Resourcing are up for Best Small Recruitment Agency. We'll be like a proud Marlon if either of our Nemos swim home with a trophy but of course, they're already winners in our eyes. Tickets for the big night are still available and you can watch a highlights video of last year here.
Little under a fortnight later, we'll be back down in London town for the MARAs... or the Marketing & Digital Recruitment Awards. We're sponsoring the Best Candidate Experience category and let's just say, we wouldn't like to be up against any of these heavyweights who are masters of their craft. Finalists here are Armstrong Lloyd, Aspire, Brand Recruitment, Cranberry Panda, Energize Recruitment Solutions, RedCat Digital, Serendipity Recruitment, Scout Talent and Sumo Creative. Phew! What a talented bunch! All too often in recruitment, candidates can feel second best to clients or like they're fighting for attention from recruiters so it's great to know there are agencies striking the balance and showing their candidates some real love. There's a video from the 2014 MARAs here.
It seems recruitment awards season will be kicking off brilliantly and we can't wait to see who gets nominated for what as each event comes around. It's definitely the taking part that counts, though! Best of luck to all finalists at both of these ceremonies- you've made it this far, congratulations!