"What am I doing wrong?"
Perhaps one of the questions I receive almost daily is, "I have sent out a hundred resumes but haven't received one call or email. What am I doing wrong?"
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The single most important thing you are most likely doing wrong is this:
***Assuming that an employer wants to teach you
how to become an event planner.***
This is a HUGE mistake that most beginners make; you forget that you need to be the type of person an employer wants to hire, not someone they need to train.
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You see, no employer has the time or the resources to take on a new employee and train them to do the job that they are being hired to do. Sure, that might have worked about thirty years ago, when the economy was booming and employers were begging for people to work for them.
But times are different. There are a lot of people vying for few positions. Your employer doesn't care how much you want to become an event planner, he or she just wants to know what you can do for them.
And so you must take it upon yourself to learn everything you can about event planning, how the industry works, and how to plan events. You need to be the kind of person that brings something to the table, and can hit the ground running.
If you don't take it upon yourself to learn how to plan events, then you will never, ever get hired.
So how do you do this?
The Complete Event Planner Toolkit
I have created an online video course with this sole purpose in mind: to help you learn what it takes to begin your career. For less than a dollar day (all other online courses are six times as much), you can learn all about the event planning industry, how to find work, how much to charge for your services, and of course every step you need to take to plan an event; from the initial contracts through to the final billing.
There are fourteen hours of instructional video, two eBooks (including the Event Planning Resumes eBook), an Event Planning Checklist, and unlimited access to my expertise (you can email questions at any time; I try to reply within 48 hours). Upon your completion of the course, you will take a final test; and upon passing the test, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
To see an outline, learn more, or to sign up and begin your career today, please click on this link to go to the Complete Event Planner Toolkit page.
"What ELSE am I doing wrong?"
A few other things that you might be "doing wrong" with your event planning resume:
* Not getting your resume in the hands of the right people, and not making a good first impression. You need to go the extra mile to get your resume not only in the door but to get it to stand out from the rest.
* Typos or grammatical errors. If your event planner cover letter and resume have either of these, it will get thrown out immediately. No questions asked. In the book, I discuss why and how to ensure you aren't making these mistakes.
* Not writing a "strong" enough resume. For example, can you see the difference between these two statements?
Do you see the difference? I talk more about this in the sample Event Planning Resumes eBook. I also include three sample event planning resumes that utilize strong, active language and outline various formats.
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Let's face it; if you are a beginner, then you can't rely on a resume alone to stand out from the crowd. And I will teach you why, and how, to accomplish this. For a small investment, you can take the extra step necessary to begin your career in event planning!
** Update: the Event Planning Resumes eBook is no longer available for individual sale. I now only offer it as a bonus to the Complete Event Planner Toolkit online video course.**
Please click here to begin your career today!
"I just had to let you know that I landed a planing job as an admin in the PR department at an organization where I will be planning events! I never would have even thought of looking there if I hadn't taken your course and learned the different areas where you can find event jobs. Thanks for your advice, your knowledge, and for opening my world up to me! Bless you and all that you do!" ~ R.C.
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"You are the only person that has brought reality into perspective when it comes to my long-term goals. I didn't even consider the different ways to look at event planning and finding work, until you brought that to my attention. So again, thank you so much!" ~ H.B.
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"You have been such a great help to me. I really want to pursue event planning as my career, and by the grace of God and your advice and all the knowledge you have provided for me, I have been able to land an internship with a local Event Management firm.
(update, four weeks later)
My internship turned into a job offer. I started the job four weeks ago...and I am loving it! There have already been a few challenges such as meeting very tight deadlines and working very long hours,but I was prepared ahead of time for all of this because of what you taught me.
I am truly grateful once again for your immense help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"
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"I would like to just thank you for your amazing website. I have always known that I want a career not just a job; and after reading your entire website (which is the only website I can honestly say I have read every single word) I now know that event management is for me. I have even printed your words so I can put them in a folder and use them as guidance for future referencing for starting my career. I look forward to your news letters. Thanks a million!"
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"I have in fact read through your whole website and find it amazing. To be honest, I have not found anything as insightful anywhere on the internet. It is very well organized and chock full of information. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"