CW Awards 2015: Five steps to nominations success

With less than two weeks to go before the Construction Week Awards 2015 nominations deadline passes, the CW team explains how to give you and your organisation the best possible chance of winning

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The deadline for companies and individuals wishing to submit nominations for Construction Week Awards 2015 is almost upon us. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, 14 October, 2015, leaving you and your colleagues less than two weeks to put your name forward.

The 11th annual Construction Week Awards will take place in Dubai, UAE on Wednesday, 9 December, 2015. More than 450 industry decision makers will be in attendance to celebrate the achievements of construction professionals across the Middle East. The awards will recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess, sustainable efforts, and project success.

Nominations will be judged by a jury of industry peers. Each category winner will receive a commemorative trophy during this year’s awards presentation and gala dinner, which will take place at a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Construction Week Awards 2015 will see the biggest names in Middle East construction compete across a total of 15 categories. Nominees have a broad range of categories from which to choose, with accolades for companies, projects, initiatives, and individuals.

As such, entries for this year’s event will no doubt be as diverse as they are plentiful. But despite this diversity, there is one thing that can be said for every successful submission. Each award winner begins life as a well-prepared nomination.

With this in mind, the CW team has put together a handy guide detailing how you can give yourself, your colleagues, and your company the best chance of winning.

When and where: Wednesday, 9th December, 2015,  Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Submit nominations at: www.constructionweekonline.com/awards

Dates for your diary: 14 October, 2015 nominations deadline and 9 December, 2015 CW Awards 2015.

1. Play to your strengths

Construction Week Awards 2015 offers individuals and companies the opportunity to submit nominations across 15 categories, but that’s not to say that you should employ a scattergun approach. No matter how big an organisation, it will be stronger in some fields than others; and the same can be said of its employees.

With this in mind, take a selective approach to nominations. Choose categories that best represent the key strengths and achievements of your company or nominated individual. Take time to consider why our judges should favour you over your competitors.

What have you done that nobody else has? How have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? It’s better to submit seven nominations that play to your key strengths than to enter every category haphazardly.

2. Don’t be shy

This is where the CW team tempers its initial piece of advice by pointing out that there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. If, for example, you feel that you have multiple projects that merit a particular award, feel free to nominate them all.

There can of course be only one winner for each category, but you’ve got to be ‘in it to win it’, as they say. Naturally, quality will always beat quantity, but if you’re in the fortunate position whereby you can submit several high-quality nominations, please do.

After all, the Construction Week Awards represent an opportunity to celebrate the industry and its achievements. This is no time for modesty. This is your chance to tell the Gulf's construction community exactly what you’ve been doing, and how well you’ve been doing it.

3. Don’t rush

Nothing stands out more than an entry that has been thrown together at the last minute. No matter how impressive a project or individual, quality will not shine through unless the information is presented in a clear manner.

Naturally, the final decisions of our industry judges will be based primarily on the factual information offered, but the approach that you take to the nomination process should mirror the thorough, methodical strategy that you take during your day-to-day business activities.

Entries will be accepted right up until 14 October, 2015, so you still have plenty of time to plan and put together your submissions. Take time to detail every last morsel of pertinent information. You wouldn't want to lose out to a competitor because you neglected to mention something that they remembered.

4. Think like a judge

Don’t be daunted by the judging process. Yes, our panel of judges are industry experts, but so are you. With this in mind, take a moment to think about the types of detail that would impress you if you were presiding over the entries. What is it about your company, project, scheme, or individual that makes it stand out from the competition?

And don’t forget that although our judges will examine each nomination in detail, you are likely to be up against dozens – if not hundreds – of other entries.

Make sure that your submission possesses that ‘wow’ factor – the element that will prevent it from blending in with the rest. Do whatever you can to ensure that the judges remember your entry long after they put down their papers for the day.

5. Don’t Miss out on a technicality

After putting in all this effort, it would be a crime to miss out on a technicality. Make sure that you have dotted all of your i’s and crossed each of your t’s. The Construction Week Awards nomination process is straightforward, but it is one that must be followed to the letter in order to qualify.

In-depth entry guidelines can be found at www.constructionweekonline.com/awards, so read them over a couple of times before submitting your nomination. If you follow these five simple steps, you can rest assured that you have given yourself the best possible chance of winning a coveted Construction Week Award.

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