Hangovers, Awards and Double Dutch

Hi, Russ here – Sales Manager at the Jobsite London Office. You know you’ve had a good night when you don’t remember getting home. You know you’ve had an even better night when you wake up cuddling several pounds of tempered-glass in the form of a very shiny award. That’s right, this morning I am proud to say that Jobsite are the holders of the NORA award for Best Generalist Job Board 2009. It was a tough category to be in – we were up against Monster, Reed, Totaljobs and CV Library –  so we were extremely pleased to win this one.

The NORA awards are an annual event held in conjunction with UK Recruiter, designed to recognise excellence in the recruitment industry – from technology providers to employment agencies. Now in its 9th year, the evening was held in the exclusive Orchid Bar in Piccadilly and was well attended by a wide range of people. Some were there as sponsors, some were nominated. Some were probably just there for the free drinks. The evening began with a Speed Networking event – described as “like Speed Dating without the sex”. After 20 minutes of meeting new people the awards properly began. It was a tense wait as the category we were in was last on the list. As the moment drew near, I wondered if it was bad luck to prepare a speech. And with such stiff competition I really had no idea how we would fare.

Our category was delivered (strangely) in Dutch, but despite some of the banter no doubt being lost in translation, when the envelope was opened the unmistakable name of Jobsite was announced. I took to the stage, smiled for the camera and managed to dispatch a few words of thanks on behalf of Jobsite.

Naturally, we celebrated the only way possible. And the hangover this morning was the only real downside to what was a fantastic night. I’d like to thank Stephen and the organizers and can’t wait for next year. And the opportunity to defend our title!

Russell Byrne, Jobsite Sales Manager, Blog