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Are your recognition/award submissions impact-oriented?

Your award justification should avoid unnecessary adjectives-this is the time to show, not tell. The rater of the award justification can already assume that you believe the candidate to be “outstanding,” “exceptional,” or “extraordinary.” Let the accomplishments of your award candidate do the talking. If the candidate truly is exceptional, the accomplishments will speak for themselves without the aid of superfluous adjectives. Make sure to highlight what impact those accomplishments had in the bigger picture. Did those accomplishments help your company achieve a significant milestone? Did they further your organization’s vision in a considerable way? Don’t assume that the rater of the award justification will know the “so what” of your candidate’s accomplishments-spell that out in the award justification.