Considering entering yourself for an award – maybe even a Digital Women Award? Maybe you’re a little hesitant to put yourself out there or wondering how entering will benefit you (even if you don’t win)? Well, the process of entering awards is one of those experiences that offers so much more than a trophy. Whether you win an award, get shortlisted or just make it through the application, entering awards offers so much for your personal growth and professional profile. From improving your self-esteem to connecting you with like-minded, talented people in your field, we’ve put together 5 ways that entering awards can enhance your professional profile.
Just a quick note on the Digital Women Awards…well, they’re different from other awards. We make sure that our awards experience brings together a diverse range of women, all united by their success in and passion for digital. Digital Women is a mission to empower and encourage as many women as possible to enter themselves or nominate fellow women into our awards so that we can celebrate the most extraordinary achievements in digital. Head to the Digital Women Awards site for more details.
Here’s 5 ways that entering awards could benefit your professional profile:
1. Gives you the opportunity to review your professional achievements
When entering yourself for an award, you’ll have the opportunity to review your professional achievements. What does that mean? Well, very rarely do we get the chance to sit down and compile all of our fantastic achievements into one place and really sell ourselves. Doing this will not only remind you of just how much you have achieved, but also give you the opportunity to consider what else you’d like to achieve and even where you might want to go next in your professional career. It’s a win win.
2. Improves your credibility
Whether you win an award, are one of the shortlisted few or get recognised in another way (for example, included in our 40 Digital Women to Watch list), your credibility will gain a well-deserved boost. Awards are a great way to get recognised professionally for your skills and achievements and something you can showcase on all of your digital profiles. Whether you’re looking to move on to your next job, get a promotion, succeed as a freelancer or grow your business, it may also help to give you that much-needed edge over your business competitors.
3. Attracts new business opportunities
Talking of growing your business, having an award to your name is a great way to attract new clients who are drawn to your expertise and recognition. Alongside extra business for your brand or the company you work for, you might get introduced to other opportunities too, such as having your award photo or testimonial featured on the awards website or being invited for interviews (like our 40 Digital Women to Watch blog series).
4. Connects you with talented people in your field
Entering awards and being part of the community around them is a great way to connect with new, talented people in your industry and expand your network. As is the case with the Digital Women community, you might even end up becoming great friends with these like-minded individuals and grow your personal network as well as your professional one. Feeling part of a broader event and community is also a benefit of entering awards, as it gives you a sense of purpose and perhaps even the confidence to pursue and embrace other opportunities that you may not have before.
5. Improves your self-esteem
Writing an award entry for yourself forces you to write down all of your fantastic achievements, skills and qualities that make you worthy of winning that award – something which can only be beneficial to your self-esteem. Likewise, being nominated for an award by a friend or co-worker is a surefire way to make you feel good about yourself and confident in your professional abilities. Even nominating another friend or co-worker and knowing you’re lifting up those around you can give you the feel-good boost that comes with helping others.
Have the Digital Women Awards benefitted you?
We’d love to hear how taking part in the Digital Women Awards has benefited you, both personally and professionally! Head over to the Digital Women Facebook Group now and share your experience with other women in the community.
If you have a specific awards story you’d like to share with the Digital Women community and beyond, contact our Content Writer Emily at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your applications at the ready! Enter the Digital Women Awards 2021 here: https://digitalwomenawards.com/categories-and-enter