Meet the TalentEgg Awards judges: Top students from Waterloo, Ryerson, Carleton and York

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Are you thinking of applying to be a student judge for TalentEgg’s National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards in 2017? Meet the students who joined our panel of judges last year and learn about their experience!

So many amazing students were selected to be a part of TalentEgg’s National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference in 2016 that we decided to produce not just one, but two features to recognize the incredible work they did. These students brought commitment, dedication, and creativity to the table when evaluating and providing feedback on employer’s campus recruitment initiatives.

We had the chance to connect with them last year and learn a little bit more about their experience on the panel. For an idea of what applicants can expect this year, take a look!

Take a look!

Tharsiga Selvathilagan

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Tharsiga Selvathilagan
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Business, minor in Human Resources Management
University of Waterloo, 2019
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I am a second year Sociology and Business student at the University of Waterloo. I am motivated and determined to pursue a career in Human Resources Management and obtain my Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. I am interested in the practice of hiring the best candidates available, developing their talents and skills, creating a productive work environment and continually building and monitoring these human assets.
Why did you want to be a TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards student judge?
I wanted to be a TalentEgg student judge because I was interested in evaluating how employers create their personal brand. When I came across the opportunity, I thought it was very unique and I was immediately intrigued by the concept of examining submissions of the most sophisticated recruitment campaigns in the country. I felt that it was a great way to let my voice be heard and share my thoughts on how employers recruit top students. Ultimately, I wanted to be part of a prestigious student judging panel and help make a difference and contribute to the campus recruitment industry.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
As a TalentEgg student judge this year, I have learned a lot about the campus recruitment industry. I enjoyed learning about all the great organizations and the wide array of career opportunities that are available for students. I definitely feel more informed now that I have insight into the minds of recruiters and the strategies they use. Being a student judge was a great learning opportunity and I can walk away from this experience with a broader knowledge of what employers are looking for in students.
What is your career superpower? (i.e. something that you do better than anyone else)
My career superpower is helping people! I enjoy helping the community, demonstrating commitment to a cause, being part of a team, and learning new things. My previous volunteer experiences include being a recruitment co-captain, event assistant, orientation week leader, marketing and customer service volunteer, and information and hospitality volunteer. From these various experiences, I learned that the world is full of diverse people and a sense of community is vital; it is important to realize that our world extends beyond our homes and families.
How do you like your eggs?
Scrambled!

Justin Valmores

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Justin Valmores
Bachelor of Arts, Radio and Television Arts
Ryerson University, 2017
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
Balancing 40 hours of work while managing 7 courses is not an easy feat. However, with a positive mindset, solid time-management, and a smile – anything is possible! Being the youngest team player and working for top companies in Toronto like TTC and Uber, I’ve worked alongside CEOs and have been mentored by inspirational leaders in various industries. Throughout my journey, I’ve learned how important it is to chase after my goals and ambitions. Having been taught the value of a strong work ethic early on, I learn to thrive in every environment. As a top student, I always look forward to all the innovative, out-of-the-box solutions I’ll present and the growth I’ll experience over time.
Why did you want to be a TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards student judge?
I wanted to be part of the TalentEgg student judge panel because I wanted to be part of the TalentEgg community and see for myself all the opportunities available outside of my own university.
What part of the judging process did you find most interesting?
The most interesting part of the judging process was looking through all the amazing programs these companies have for students. It was such a humbling experience to see a breakdown of how competitive these internships are and all the effort put in place to make them relatable to students, while giving them a vital work experience.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
As a TalentEgg student judge, I learned that there are tons of ways students can get involved and get experience. With so many opportunities available to us, students should feel empowered to go out there and apply to as many as they can!
How do you like your eggs?
I like them sunny side up. Best paired with fresh juice and a sunny smile to start my day right!

Erika Caceres Lopez

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Erika Caceres Lopez
Master’s in Technology Innovation Management
Carleton University, 2016
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I have excellent people skills and really good relationships with people from diverse environments. What makes me a top student is that I make careful, calculated decisions and consider their implications from a multitude of viewpoints. Time management is one of my strong suits, although I have yet to find the perfect balance between work, school, gym, friends, significant other, family, etc. I have a great deal of experience with collaborative organizations, overseeing meetings, organizing events, and fundraising. In my spare time, I am a food photographer and I enjoy it! I look at the world and hope to change it for the better.
What part of the judging process did you find most interesting?
I enjoyed learning about all the effort the companies put into recruiting employees and the different activities and strategies they have created to achieve their goals.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
It helped me to decide which industry is right for me and learn more about the organizations and career opportunities available. Also, by learning about the tactics they use, I became more informed and am more likely I get a job when I apply.
I enjoyed learning about all the effort the companies put into recruiting employees and the different activities and strategies they have created to achieve their goals.
What is your career superpower? (i.e. something that you do better than anyone else)
My career superpower is that I am a flexible team player that can manage multiple assignments or projects, set the priorities, and adapt easily if something changes. I also have to mention that I have extensive software proficiency, and I am very good at learning new applications and programs.
How do you like your eggs?
Sunny side up eggs, or maybe any style … I love food what can I say!

Chriscelle Dela Cruz

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Chriscelle Dela Cruz
Bachelor of Human Resources Management
York University, 2016
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I’m in the final term of my Bachelor’s Degree, specializing in Human Resources Management at York University. I am grateful for the 4 years. I found a balance between my priorities and my passions since, in my eyes, these must go hand in hand to reach my fullest potential as a student. With discipline and perseverance, I was able to pursue my CHRP designation and be recognized in my workplace while having to maintain my above average marks. My passion in international development peaked as I landed positions in the local and national chapter of AIESEC, and went to Berlin to participate in a research project. Having gone beyond my comfort zone, I am excited to see more of the world and what I can offer to it!
What part of the judging process did you find most interesting?
The most interesting part in the judging process was just reading through the submissions. There were some common trends and some unique ones. I find it interesting that I can feel the passion the organization has towards employee development just by looking at the aesthetics aspect of the application and their choice of words.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
Times have changed. Companies, whether it be in the public or private sector, a task or people-oriented environment, just want to engage their employees as much as possible and they (most, if not all) are willing to invest in their human development initiatives. There is not one way of keeping your staff and potential employees satisfied, but I know that there are two key points: respect and recognition.
How do you like your eggs?
Sunny side up or poached! Every morning of every beautiful day!
Anything else you’d like to share?
People say that graduating is nerve-wracking and stressful, but I’m excited for what the next chapter has in store for me. I have so much energy and passion to not just learn, but also give back what I have gained. I would want to explore different industries, specifically in the tech and education field. I genuinely believe that the youth will bring a better tomorrow. I want to be part of this movement!

Apply to be a Student Judge for the TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Awards 2017!

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