Trying to figure out how to create a winning event and meeting planner resume? Looking for a job is tough work. The market is extremely competitive and for every job posting there are dozens, if not hundreds, of applications competing for the same position. Your resume is the first thing a prospective employer sees about you, an introduction sort of speak. So with so many others competing against you for that perfect job, you want to ensure that your resume stands out.
Event and Meeting Planner Resume – The Basics
It wasn’t that long ago that writing your resume was a fairly simple process. You would include your objective, experience and education. Throw in some hobbies and accomplishments and you were done. But as the job market has become more competitive, so have resumes. Employers receive hundreds of resumes and one small misstep can send yours to the bottom of the pile.
Monster.com has well over 100 articles with suggestions on how to make your resume stand out, from verbiage, to experience to even resume titles.
It’s no longer enough to just list your experience. HR experts suggest including your accomplishments. This shows your prospective employer what kind of impact and results you’ve been able to achieve. The best way to tackle it is to start with the end in mind. List the result and then show how you got there.
Action verbs are a must when writing your meeting and event planning resume. By simply listing your responsibilities you take the chance of losing your audience. It’s boring and shows a lack of creativity.
Be honest. If you lie about your experience, education or accomplishments, chances are you’re going to be found out. And there is no bigger disadvantage than a prospective employer finding out that you are a liar. That will send your resume to the circular file cabinet faster than you can say “Hire Me!”
Event and Meeting Planner Resume – Standing Out
Your meeting and event planner resume is a marketing tool and you are the product you’re trying to sell. There are lots of different ways of standing out and getting the attention of the person reading your resume. But no matter how creative you’re trying to be you have to remember, first and foremost, the information has to be relevant.
I have one friend who, when applying for meeting jobs as well as event jobs knew she was facing some tough competition. She really wanted to stand out and knew that there were literally hundreds of people applying for the same positions. To ensure that her resume would be read, she did her cover letter in the style of a Clearance House Sweepstakes, with her as the prize! It was a great read and she received literally dozens of phone calls, even from companies who weren’t hiring. It was a great way to connect and network and she ended up getting several interviews and eventually found a job that she still loves to this day.
Event and Meeting Planner Resume – What to Avoid
Hrworld.com has a list of 25 things NOT to include on your resume. While most of them seem like common sense, it’s a great tool to consider before sitting down to write your resume.
While complaining about your previous job and coworkers seems pretty obvious, points such as editing out any unrelated experience is a great point. When applying for a Meeting Planner’s position, the fact you scooped ice cream your senior year doesn’t really matter. Include recent, relevant meeting and event planning career experience and don’t bore the reader to tears. Boring your reader is just another great way of getting your resume thrown out.
Speaking with HR professionals, the first thing they’ll tell you is to proofread your resume. Spelling and grammatical errors will get your resume thrown out. It shows a lack of professionalism and commitment and indicates a sloppy work ethic. And pass your resume along to friends to proofread for you. Once you’ve looked at something a number of times, you’re inclined to miss some errors.
Some other important points include don’t lie. It’s way too easy to get found out. While there are a lot of different possibilities for planners, it’s a small industry and you will eventually get caught. And it doesn’t matter how great a job you’re doing, a lot of bosses will think twice about the wisdom of their hire if they’ve found out you’ve been lying to them from day one.
Be creative, thorough and honest. Think about what you would want to see if you had to sift through hundreds of event planner and meeting planner resumes. Be clear and concise and remember to include relevant facts. The right resume will help open doors for you but it’s up to you to wow them once you get through those doors!