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CW Oman Awards 2016: Five steps to success

With less than three weeks to go before the Construction Week Oman Awards 2016 nominations deadline passes, the CW team explains how you can give yourself the best chance of scooping a trophy on the night

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The deadline for companies and individuals wishing to submit nominations for Construction Week Oman Awards 2016 is almost upon us. All nominations must be submitted by 15 February, 2016, leaving you less than three weeks to put your name forward.

The fifth annual Construction Week Oman Awards will take place in Muscat, Oman, on 28 March, 2016. More than 100 industry decision makers are expected to gather to celebrate the achievements of construction professionals across the Sultanate.

The awards will recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess, sustainable efforts, and project success.

Entries will be judged by a jury of industry peers. Winners will receive a commemorative trophy during this year’s awards presentation and gala dinner, which will take place at the Grand Hyatt Muscat hotel.

Construction Week Oman Awards 2016 will see the biggest names from the Sultanate's construction industry compete across a total of 14 categories. Nominees have a broad range of categories to choose from, 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 Construction Week team has put together a handy guide detailing how you can give yourself, your colleagues, your projects, and your company the best chance of winning.

1. Play to your strengths

Construction Week Oman Awards 2016 offers individuals and companies the opportunity to submit nominations across 14 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 the individual in question. Take time to consider why you feel 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 always better to submit seven, well-thought-out nominations that play to your key strengths, than to enter every category haphazardly.

That being said…

2. Don’t be shy

This is where the Construction Week team tempers its initial piece of advice by pointing out that there are no limits when it comes 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 in relevant categories.

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

After all, the Construction Week Oman Awards represent an opportunity to celebrate the industry and its achievements. This is no time for modesty. This is your chance to tell the construction sector 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. Naturally, the final decisions of our industry judges will be based primarily on the factual information submitted, but the approach that you take to the nomination process should mirror the thorough, methodical approach that you and your colleagues take during your day-to-day business activities.

Entries will still be accepted right up until 16 February, 2016, so you still have plenty of time to put together your submissions. Take time to detail every last bit of pertinent information. You don’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 rest? Don’t forget, 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 has 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 nomination long after they put down their papers for the day.

5. Don’t lose 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 every last one of your t’s. The Construction Week Oman Awards nomination process is simple, but it is one that must be followed to the letter in order for submissions to qualify.

In-depth entry guidelines can be found at www.constructionweek.com/cwawardsoman/, so read them over a few times before submitting your nomination.

If you follow these five simple steps, you can be sure that you’ll have given yourself the best possible chance of winning a coveted award this year.

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