Many congratulations if your website is announced as a Finalist for the NORAs 2016! The competition this year was more fierce than ever, when we received nominations for almost 600 separate websites.
As our nominations come directly from the general public, many sites are submitted to us without their knowledge. Let me try to answer some of your questions here.
Q. How did we get nominated?
A. We invited nominations from the public from July each year, until 9th September. You may also have registered for our 1-Click nomination process (where you display a nominate graphic on your site) or been nominated via the online form on this website.
Q. How are the Finalists decided?
A. We have assembled a Shortlisting Judging Panel of industry experts. Our judges assess the nominated sites in each award category, from the perspective of a job seeker. The Finalists are those websites and recruitment services which we believe offer the very best service and user-experience to candidates.
Q. Can we announce that our site is a Finalist?
A. Yes, of course. Please feel free to announce to your candidates and clients via any marketing channel. As soon as you are announced as a Finalist, you can immediately start using this logo.
Q. Are there any other benefits?
A. Yes, as Finalists, you automatically become members of the NORA Academy.
This also means you will be able to vote for the NORA Academy Award this year, and for all subsequent years. Membership of this exclusive group is only open to NORA Finalists and Winners.
Q. When are the Winners announced?
A. The Broadbean NORA 2016 awards event will be on Wednesday 16th November, in London. Unlike many industry awards, the NORAs are relatively informal, with not a tuxedo or ball gown in sight. The event will be held again at the exclusive night-club, Sway, in Covent Garden. Sway is often used for filming the BBC News 24 technology programme, Click. This year, as with our 2015 event, we expect over 400 guests from throughout the online recruitment sector having a tremendous time celebrating their success. Tickets are only £30 plus VAT.
Q. Is it essential to attend the awards event on the 16th November?
A. Yes, if you want to make the most of your achievement, and accept your award on stage. Considerable marketing surrounds our event, and our winners photos accepting their trophy on stage are distributed widely. Whilst not absolutely essential, it would be a little awkward to be announced as a winner, and not be there to accept. If it really is impossible for you to attend, please let us know in advance. Call us on 0141 637 9000, or email stephen@NORAuk.com.
Q. What is the format of the awards event?
A. The NORAs are deliberately informal, with no firm dress code. No need for tuxedos or ballgowns, and no need to purchase expensive tickets for fancy chicken dinners. The event is very much focused on celebration and networking, and is a fantastic opportunity to reward your own staff as well as meet with your peers representing the pinnacle of online recruitment excellence.
Q. What do we do if we win?
A. With only a small number of Finalists in each award category, there is a very good chance that you will be announced as a Winner. If you are, then you, and your colleagues, can make your way to the stage to accept the award, say a few words of thanks, and have your photograph taken. Our Winners are also publicised widely, and reported in industry magazines and websites, so it’s important to be at the event.
Q. Should I contact the NORAs organisers for more details?
A. Yes please. It is essential that we have contact details for every one of this year’s Finalists. Please call us direct on 0141 637 9000, or email stephen@NORAuk.com for more details.