Coming 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.
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:
Best College Recruiting Program
EY: intern leadership conference
Rosetta: more applicants, less money
Best Corporate Careers Website
DaVita: not resting after past victories
Intuit: interactive Flash presentation
Best Employee Referral Program
Accenture: higher quality, less money
Aricent: high quality of hire
Best Employer Brand
EY: embedded in all touch points
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UnitedHealth Group: higher new hire satisfaction
Best Retention Program/Practices
Paychex: consistent follow-up by recruiters
PNC Bank: redeploying recruiters
Most Strategic Use of Technology
AT&T: iPhone app
KeyBank: “virtual job tryout”
Tata: online campus portal
Recruiting Department/Function of the Year
CACI: hiring disabled veterans
Sodexo: social media success