How to blitz your 2020 Awards for Excellence nomination

Awards play an important role in any real estate professional’s career.

Whether you’re being recognised on a local, statewide, nationwide or global level, it demonstrates that you have accomplished great things within your career, and are committed to improving yourself further.

As any recipient of an REIQ Award for Excellence can tell you, being recognised by Queensland’s real estate peak body provides individuals and agencies unparalleled recognition within the property sector.

It also provides finalists and award winners with fantastic PR and marketing opportunities, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the industry’s finest at the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.

Glitz and glamour aside, merely nominating yourself or your agency for an award offers a multitude of career benefits. The process allows real estate professionals to reflect on their skills, progress and achievements. It also can provide a sense of motivation for the following year – what can you or your agency do to put yourselves at the top of the pack? Even if you don’t progress to the finalist stage, expert judges will provide feedback on your nomination to help you improve professionally.

With nominations now open for the 2020 REIQ Awards for Excellence, it’s a great time to read the terms and conditions (accessible from REIQ.com/awards) and collate evidence of your hard work and achievements during 2019.

The REIQ Journal sat down with a former REIQ Awards for Excellence judge to determine the easiest ways for candidates to make their written application second-to-none.

Check your eligibility

The REIQ Awards for Excellence has specific eligibility requirements for agency, individual and external categories. It is important to take note of the criteria before submitting your nomination. Nominations close on 1 November 2019, giving potential nominees the opportunity to finalise any outstanding tasks or payments that would make them ineligible if not completed by this date.

Thoroughly read the selection criteria, and provide an answer for each section

Reading the criteria, ticking off each requirement and reviewing your application, may seem simple and obvious. However, we often receive applications that aren’t fully filled out or are filled out incorrectly. Potential nominees should take an extra five minutes to review their application before submitting. Remember, it’s always a good idea to get a fresh pair of eyes to review a document, so ask a friend or colleague to proofread your application!

Individual applicants – it is your application, so write in the first person!

Despite the terms and conditions of entry for individual categories clearly outlining that ‘all individual entries must be written in the first person’, the REIQ still receives plenty of entries written in the third person. Breaching any eligibility criterion will result in your nomination being dismissed.

Remember, you are writing the application and supporting how you have personally met the criteria. As a general rule of thumb, don’t provide quotes from a third party at all – even as a type of reference.

Make your statements specific and evidence-based

Providing detailed and succinct statements that demonstrate how you have achieved outstanding results or customer service will ensure the judging panel have a clear understanding of what you achieved in 2019.

For example, you could answer criteria by saying something like: ‘I demonstrated outstanding client and customer service when dealing with a complex situation relating to the sale/rent of 123 Real Estate Way, Brisbane 4000’, but you would need to then expand further on what you did to resolve the matter to mutually benefit the client and the customer. The more detail you include, the better!

Providing vague answers that are not evidence-based is a surefire way to have your application not progressed to the finalist stage.

Provide evidence that sets you apart from the rest

Judges like to see unique examples that not only highlight your success, but your personality and character too.

Think back to a time where you showed initiative that is above industry standard, or went above and beyond for a client or fellow colleague.

These awards are about recognising excellence, so nominees need to provide examples for each criteria that sets them apart in the industry, and demonstrates a unique or innovative approach that makes them stand out from your peers.

Good luck!

Nomination submissions must be received by the REIQ by 5pm on Friday, 1 November 2019. Under no circumstances will late entries be accepted. Finalists will be required to attend a mandatory interview to complement their written nomination between 2-18 December. The REIQ Awards for Excellence will be announced and presented on 14 March 2020 at the Gala Awards Dinner in Brisbane. For more information about the nominations and awards process, please visit REIQ.com/awards, or call 1300 697 347.  Alternatively, visit reiq.com/nominate to go directly to the REIQ’s nomination platform.