If you're in the process of looking for event jobs but you're new to event planning, then there are a few things you MUST know before you send out another resume or cover letter. Otherwise, you'll never get a call back, you'll never start your event planning career, and it will all be because of a few simple mistakes that are easily prevented.
The biggest misconception among event planner hopefuls is that if they could just land an entry level position, then their new employer will train them how to plan events. This couldn't be any further from the truth. The truth is, employers are looking for a basic understanding of the industry and how to plan events, even for entry level event jobs.
Basic knowledge of planning events is even more important than experience (although experience clearly helps). The event planning world has its own language, and if that language is foreign to you, then that's a red flag that you know nothing about events.
If you don't know what a BEO is, or what a guarantee or attrition is, or what's in a rider or how to draft an event planning contract, or how to budget an event or what a gobo is, or how to do a site inspection or what an RFP is….then these are all signs that you need to learn about event planning before trying to look for a job planning events.
And, if you're hoping to work for yourself or start your own event planning business, then it's even more imperative that you learn how to plan events!
So, this means that you must take it upon yourself to learn everything you can about event planning….even before you start applying for entry level event jobs.
What About Event Planning Experience?
This is the second mistake people make when trying to land their first event planning job. In an attempt to make it look like they have some event planning experience, they actually magnify that they have none. They might think that they've done a good job spicing up their event planning resume, but in reality they might as well not even bother; because anyone in the event planning industry can see right through it.
If you're using any of the following sentences on your resume or in your cover letter, then your resumes and cover letters are most likely going straight into the trash:
- "I just know I'd be great at event planning; I'm extremely organized and creative, and I love planning parties."
- "I have helped three friends plan their weddings, and everyone said I was great at it. "
- "I helped plan my parents' 50th anniversary party; I helped with the food, the band, and chose all the decor myself."
The thing is, your resume and cover letter need to be filled with industry terms and lingo to show that you really know how to plan events. And this doesn't mean you can just Google a few terms and drop them into your resume; even if you get the interview, and somehow get the job, you still need to know how to plan events!
Event Planning Courses to Help You Start Your Career
If you're ready to take your career to the next level, then I offer a variety of event planning courses that are designed to help you not only learn how to plan events, but also to help you get the job of your dreams. If you're not quite ready, I encourage you to sign up for my free four-part video series, Three Steps to Become an Event Planner. This video training series addresses all of the major questions people have when looking to become an event planner, and also outlines the things you are doing wrong when looking for event jobs.
But if you're ready to begin, you can get started in as little as five minutes. Please click here to learn more about the event planning courses that will help you catapult your career more quickly than you ever thought possible!
Want to Learn More About Event Jobs?
So if you feel that you know enough about event planning to start looking for event jobs, or if you want to learn more about what it takes to land a job, please click on the links below:
If you just want to learn more about the industry before making any decisions, my free four part video series is designed to answer all the questions that beginners have. Please fill out the form below the outline to register and start learning today!
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