My Experience as a TalentEgg Awards Judge

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It’s that time of year again! Awards season is in full swing – and we’re not just talking about the Oscars or the Grammys.

Campus recruiters from organizations all over Canada are busy compiling their applications for our upcoming 2017 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards. In order to evaluate these applications, TalentEgg enlists the help of students across the country to share their opinions and insights on the top campus recruitment advancements of the year.

To give you an inside look at what the job of a student judge entails, we spoke with one of last year’s judges who told us all about how he applied, the judging process, and what he learned from the experience.

Ali Najaf
2016 TalentEgg Student Judge
Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Ali Najaf participated in TalentEgg’s National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards as a student judge in 2016. He’s a fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Management Information Systems.

“I’ve been using TalentEgg’s website as a career resource since my first year at university,” Ali says. “It’s there I found out about the National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards judging panel applications.”

Every spring, TalentEgg hosts the National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards which recognize innovative work in Canadian campus recruitment. Each year we work with high-achieving students from post-secondary institutions across Canada to evaluate employers’ submissions for the awards. After all, who better to judge an organization’s campus outreach than college and university students themselves?

“The judging process is very simple,” Ali says. “Once you get selected to be judge, you get access to an online portal where all the [applications] are submitted. Once you go through the applications, you get the opportunity to rank [them] and provide feedback to the employers.”

Ali says he appreciates the fact that students are given the opportunity to weigh in on such an important competition. As he’ll tell you, the judging process will open your eyes to all the hard work recruiters do behind the scenes to reach out to students on your campus.

For university and college students of all fields of study, the TalentEgg Awards judging process gives you an inside look at the campus recruiting strategies of employers and gives you a platform for your voice to be heard. It’s not very often students have the chance to offer advice to their potential future bosses on their recruitment efforts!

The Awards take an in-depth look at 10 campus recruiting categories ranging from “Best Grad Program” to “Campus Recruiter of the Year.” It’s our student judges’ job to determine which organization has the best qualifications for the categories they applied to.

“The experience also provided me with better knowledge of what employers are looking for in students,” says Ali. After examining quite a few applications, our judges are equipped with an insider’s perspective of what recruiters want to see in a candidate.

Ali also has some advice for students who are considering the Awards judging experience. “Apply ASAP! It’s one of the best opportunities in your undergrad time to be a part of,” he says. “It’s an excellent opportunity for [students] to judge a prestigious competition, as well as a great way to learn about recruitment insights which will help [you] better prepare for the job market.”

So, what are you waiting for? Add this awesome extracurricular to your resume today! Who knows – you might even catch the eye of your future employer.

Want to join Canada’s best and brightest students on our judging panel? Apply here!

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