Like the Oscars where nominees are selected by peer members, these Recruiting Awards are unique because we're the first to pair a crowdsourced vote with a judging panel filled from the front lines of recruiting and HR leadership.

Jason Buss

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2012 Winners

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Minutes ago at the Recruiting Trends Conference the 2012 Recruiting Award winners were announced live.

This marks the 2nd year for  These awards remain unique based on the crowd-sourcing element compared to other awards in the industry.  Thousands of votes were submitted online from recruiting practitioners, Recruiting Trends conference attendees, and the panel of judges.  Rule-based scoring was used in the calculation, ensuring this didn’t turn into a popularity contest.  The competition was fierce in all 3 categories, and as example, in one of the award categories  there was only .38% score differential between 1st and 2nd place.

Congratulations to the 2012 Recruiting Award winners:

Talent Hunter
The nominees were all extreme hunters – and relentless sourcers. They are investigative in nature, and diligent in their approach. Finding a needle in the haystack is second nature to these recruiting pros. This years’ award winner is also a master at successful networking and building relationships with hiring managers, including board level executives. He advises, coaches and plays devil’s advocate to ensure the right candidate for the right job. He is highly regarded and trusted by his clients, peers and candidates. His work and dedication speaks volumes for the relationships he has established and continues to build. Agencies at this company are nearly non-existent given this individual’s work and results. Congratulations to Jason Wickremaratne from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, Inc., the winner of the 2012 Recruiter of the Year (Talent Hunter) award.2012 Recruiting Awards winners

Recruiting Team of the Year
The competition for the recruiting organization of the year was extremely close! The winning team has built credibility for recruiting within their organization at a level hardly seen.  They completely re-engineered and restructured their approach to recruitment strategy, candidate management, and support to internal recruitment partners. Specifically, the newly created team rolled out a model that focuses on 4 recurring elements that are integral to an ongoing successful recruitment process: Innovation, Optimization, Collaboration, and Communication. The focus of the team has been on data-driven decisions and recommendations. As a result of success, the team leader has been invited to speak at several national conferences on best practices. Congratulations to Kara Yarnot and the SAIC recruiting team for being selected as the 2012 Recruiting Team of the Year.

Recruiting Innovation
The nominees for the innovation award have focused on setting new boundaries and standards in recruiting. The winner has delivered some exciting results for their company – while creating an engaging approach for candidates. With 20+ years of industry experience, this years award winner works with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world to develop and implement world-class talent acquisition solutions.  Specifically, he utilized LEAN methods as an innovative approach to recruiting. Congratulations to the 2012 Recruiting Innovation Award winner, Zachary Misko from KellyOCG.

A special thanks to Recruiting Trends for hosting the 2012 Recruiting Awards, and to the sponsors Checkster, SuccessFactors, LinkedIn,, and TalentHQ.