Define "top shelf"

Nominated recruiters are certified as a Top Recruiter® through recommendations from companies and candidates they choose to reach out to, based on the following criteria.



A recruiter who clearly demonstrates interest in aligning candidates and their talents with work that elevates them to reach their purpose.


Established, deeply connected network, proven to reach talent in niche industries, remote areas and hot markets alike.


Beaming enthusiasm for recruitment that inspires others. Conveys an altruistic appreciation for recruitment. 


Delivers extraordinary service e.g. always communicating with stakeholders: both hiring managers and candidates even beyond the placement.


Widely recognized reputation for being the "go-to" vendor in a particular niche. Values discretion of information, always acting in the best interest of all concerned.


A proven track record to deliver exceptional quality in record time at an equitable price.  Earnestly identifies the company's and candidate's needs.



  • Eligibility Whether you are an in-house recruiter or working at a staffing agency in Canada or the USA, you’re eligible to be nominated. You must be working as a recruiter in your day-to-day activities. That is the only requirement. There is no cost to be nominated. It’s FREE!

  • How to get Nominated Ask your best customer or hiring manager to nominate you. Simply share this website and ask them to click Nominate. You only need one nomination.

  • Nominations Close on September 27th, 2019.

  • Once nominated, you will receive an email link to complete your Top Recruiter profile and acquire at least 3 client recommendations.

  • Qualifying nominees are invited to attend our red carpet VIP events near you (Toronto, Calgary, New York, Houston). It’s a time to celebrate being a nominee together with your clients and colleagues. You will also receive special “Top Recruiter Nominee” branding to add to your email signature, website and LinkedIn profile.

  • Professional Branding and Promotion services are made available to nominees, by, for a fee. This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that your reputation is boosted by your new title as nominee. Secure your agency’s future revenue by organic promotion - your achievement is only worth something if all your existing and potential clients know about it.

  • Judging Begins Your client recommendations and profile will then be objectively judged by HR industry professionals chosen by us, and winners are chosen based on the criteria described above: “Define Top Shelf“. The judges’ decision is final.

  • Awards Categories are per country: Top 50 (country), Top 25 (country), Nr. 1 (each city)

    • Best Corporate Recruiter

    • Best Agency Recruiter

    • Best Staffing Firm

  • Advertising Winners are given a special opportunity to purchase advertorials in national news publishing platforms in print and digital with whom we have partnered

  • Winners will be Announced via Live Broadcast on October 22nd.