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By Tanya Kuhrt

When I found out that I had been nominated as a finalist in the Best Newcomer Virtual Assistant 2014 Awards this week I was over the moon!

The finalists were announced by VA Conference and BeMyVA at the Office Show in London on Wednesday. Unfortunately I was unable to be there but I just want to say a big thank you for my nomination – I feel very honoured indeed!

It got me thinking about awards in general and how they can help to promote your business and raise the profile of the sector that you work in.

So here are my top tips for all those who are thinking of entering for an award:

1. Be Confident. Some people think that they are never going to win an award so they don’t even bother considering it. But I’m telling you that there will be an award out there that you have a chance of winning!

2. Research and identify an award that is relevant to you and your sector. Make a shortlist of those that are related to what you do and research which have the highest profile, and which ones you think you have a real chance of winning.

3. Carefully read through the application material to ensure that you meet the criteria. There may  be general criteria for the award and then further criteria for your particular category.

Industry Awards

Industry Awards

4. Keep your application clear and concise and make sure that you add every single thing that could be relevant, however insignificant it may seem. Keep referring back to the criteria and guidelines and make it as interesting as possible but without rambling.

5. Back up your claims with facts. If you have qualifications list them correctly. Attach files or add links to web based material to substantiate your achievements and level of experience.

6. Testimonials: If there is a way of getting one or more relevant testimonials into your application, do so. There is nothing better than a recommendation from a client!

7. Stand out. Try to think of something that is unique about you and your business which will grab the attention of the judges.

8. Meet the deadline. It may seem obvious but start the application as early as possible so that you have time to read through  and make changes well in advance of the deadline.

9. Don’t give up! If you don’t get nominated or shortlisted the first time around – try again! As Thomas Edison said: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up”.

Winning an Industry Award

Winning an Industry Award

10. Publicise it! If you are lucky enough to be shortlisted or even win an award then make the most of it by announcing it on your website, in a press release and on social media! After all you entered the award in the first place to raise your profile so don’t waste the opportunity!

So what are you waiting for?  Enter for an Award Now!

Good Luck!

And if you have ever entered for, or won an award, do you have any further tips or advice?