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

editor, TalentHQ and your fellow VP of Talent Acquisition & Diversity

Winners Announced

Recruiting awards

October 20, 2011

Yesterday, at the LinkedIn TalentConnect Conference the 2011 inaugural Recruiting Award winners were announced live – in front of the nearly 2,000 conference attendees and USTREAM viewers.  The winners were awarded with $5,000 in cash and prizes, in addition to a contribution to a charity of their choice from Talent HQ.

When the awards were announced earlier this year, a unique crowd-sourcing element was the unique element compared to other awards in the industry.  Thousands of votes were submitted online from recruiting practitioners, TalentConnet conference attendees, and the panel of judges.  Rule-based scoring was used in the calculation, ensuring this didn’t turn into a popularity contest.  As an example, in one of the award categories  there was only .20% score differential between 1st and 2nd place.

Congratulations to the 2011 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 has transformed the sourcing and talent identification process at their company, which has faced an employment brand awareness challenge. This individual’s ability to source talent is a key driver for the companies’ ability to meet aggressive expansion plans.  Congratulations to Angie White from hhgregg, the winner of the 2011 Talent Hunter award.

Recruiting Organization
The competition for the recruiting organization of the year was very close. The award winner has elevated recruiting within their company to a level hardly seen. They have ranked #1 in the past 5 years within their industry – and have positioned recruiting as a competitive advantage. They consistently exceed the aggressive recruiting goals set by their company, and their recruiters are empowered to make decisions. Leaders from this company quote their recruiters ability to aggressively source talent – as a key competitive strength. Congratulations to Kari Cohen and the Renaissance Financial recruiting team for being selected as the 2011 Recruiting Organization 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. Quotes from job seekers for this company include “I’ve worked for several companies throughout my career and every hiring process is a little different, however, this sets the gold standard.” “What an amazing group of professionals, with great communication and follow-up”. “This is the best recruiting process I’ve ever experienced.” Congratulations to the 2011 Recruiting Innovation Award winner, Stacy Van Meter from Deluxe Corporation.

A special thanks to LinkedIn for hosting the 2011 Recruiting Awards at TalentConnect, and the sponsors Montage Talent, Checkster, Jobs2Web, Hirenomics, and TalentHQ.