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How to Make Your Award Application Stand Out

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Make your application stand out to increase your chances of winning. Before customizing your application, you must first become acquainted with the award’s criteria and requirements. Furthermore, underline why you deserve to win by outlining your successes and achievements clearly, concisely, and persuasively. With these tips, you may distinguish your award application and boost your chances of getting acknowledged for your work and achievements.

Success in the corporate world often comes down to how well you are recognized for your achievements. Glass awards, in particular, provide a tangible way to showcase your accomplishments and distinguish yourself in a competitive field. These prestigious honors are a testament to your hard work and success and can benefit your organization or personal brand. 

However, standing out in a crowd of applicants and limited awards can be difficult. To increase your chances of being recognized, it’s important to understand the value of awards, why they are so highly coveted and how to craft a winning application. Discover the key components that make an award application outstanding and how to elevate your application to the forefront. 

Why Are Awards Important? 

Awards are a testament to a company’s or individual’s hard work, innovative ideas, and success. They demonstrate a business’s leadership in its field and the quality of its products or services to customers, employees, and the industry. A company can gain more attention by winning awards, attracting new customers and business opportunities, and raising brand awareness. 

Moreover, awards can provide a sense of accomplishment for employees and motivate companies to maintain their standards of excellence. Receiving an award can boost employee morale and contribute to a positive company culture. There are awards available for everyone in the C-suite and beyond, so it’s important to seek opportunities across all departments to ensure recognition and distinction in HR, Accounting, IT, Marketing, and other areas. 

Awards are Paid Opportunities 

It’s important to note that most awards are paid opportunities. Companies are often required to pay a fee to enter, although a cash prize can often accompany the award. This can be a significant investment, primarily if you target a wide range of industry awards annually. Still, it is important to remember that the benefits of winning an award can far outweigh the cost of entry if done strategically. 

Companies can recoup the cost of entering an award by using the exposure and credibility that come with winning to attract new customers and business opportunities. If there is an awards ceremony, going to it can boost sales and profits, and putting money into the award application is a smart business move. 

Also, these awards are typically featured online indefinitely, and the organization granting the award can be referenced on your company website and your personal LinkedIn, Crunchbase, and other professional profiles.  

And as mentioned above, there’s often a physical award that can be displayed in your office or lobby to ensure anyone who visits for an in-person meeting knows you are accomplished. Glass awards are typically made from high-quality materials. They are visually stunning, making them a great way to show off a company’s or individual’s achievements. 

Making Award Applications Stand Out 

With the importance of awards and the benefits of possessing glass awards in mind, it is time to turn your attention to making your award applications stand out. As a CEO, you strive to have your application seen as the top choice among the competition, and this guide will provide you with the tips and techniques to do just that. From targeting the right awards to showcasing your achievements, it is time to delve into the secrets of crafting a successful award application. 

  1. Targeting the Right Awards
    Begin your award search by researching awards that fit your industry. Consider awards from media outlets and trade organizations to ensure you take advantage of all the opportunities. Media outlets like Forbes and trade publications like AdWeek are great places to start, as they often have awards and listicles of notable professionals. Industry groups and trade shows also give out awards. Often, winners get to speak at the event and get in for free.
  2. Understanding Award Criteria
    You must understand the award’s requirements to make your application stand out. This includes knowing the submission deadlines (which are often six months to a year in advance), the criteria that the awards panel will be looking for, and the type of information they will expect to see in the application. This can vary depending on the award, so it is important to research and understand the requirements for your specific award before applying. It is important to research and understand the specific requirements for your award before applying.
  3. Differentiating Your Application
    Your application must be unique, so it sticks out among the pile. This means that your application should differ from the others and showcase your company’s or individual’s unique aspects. To achieve this, focus on what sets your company or individual apart from the competition and highlight these aspects in your application. Use graphs, charts, and images to help illustrate your points and make your application more powerful and memorable. This will help your application stand out even more.
  4. Showcasing Accomplishments
    Another critical aspect of making an award application stand out is highlighting your achievements. This means that you should focus on your company’s or individual’s successes and provide clear plans, goals, and actions that created the win. Be bold and tell your personal story; even include a case study or slide deck to illustrate the point.

Getting Started 

It is time to seize the opportunities that the award presents. Your company’s hard work deserves recognition and what better way to do that than by applying for awards. While the process may require some effort, the benefits are clear. Implementing a strategy focused on awards has a proven track record of success across all industries. So, don’t wait any longer; start your award application journey today.

Written by Mike Szczesny.
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Mike Szczesny
Mike Szczesny is the owner and vice president of EDCO Awards & Specialties, a dedicated supplier of employee recognition products, branded merchandise, and glass awards. Szczesny takes pride in EDCO's ability to help companies go the extra mile in expressing gratitude and appreciation to their employees. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mike Szczesny is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.