Nearly all events today have event planners behind them. Whether it’s a product launch or a wedding reception, event planners are nowadays, a necessity. In order to make sure that your prospective clients notice and eventually hire you, your event planning resume should be organized and easy to read. Make sure to highlight the size and type of events handled so that the reader can easily gauge if you fit the type that they are looking for.
Another trick in paving your way to become a successful event planner is to establish a good working relationship with your suppliers such as event musicians, caterers, collateral printers and the like.
Here are some tips to make sure you hit the spot:
- 1Begin your resume with a short goal statement or a tagline of sorts. Keep it short – less than 15 words would be easy to read and your prospective client will immediately know if he is on the right track. You can include in your goal statement what type of budget you usually work with. For example, “5 years of event planning on limited budget productions.” You can also highlight your specialty in your opening statement: creative events planner with special attention to weddings.
- List down your event planning experience starting from the latest event that you coordinated. If you have a fairly long list, organize your events per year so that it will not be difficult for the reader to group your experience. You can also list your events by event type. For example, list all professional events together and have your personal events such as reunions and weddings, in a different list.
- It is best to have a specific format in detailing each of your events. Make sure that you include the expected headcount, event budget, event type and a list of suppliers (there’s no need to list the actual supplier, though).
- You can also include your educational background, especially if you think it will enhance your resume. You can also include seminars and short courses related to events management. If you have professional memberships or affiliations with a catering group, professional photographers association and the like, it would be good to include those as well.
- If you have done some volunteer work in the past, include these as well, in a separate category. There are potential clients in the charity world who are looking for generous individuals to help them organize an event for a cause. These events are good networking places wherein you can further expand your supplier list and do the world some good at the same time.
A good way to boost your resume is to create an events portfolio that goes along with it. Include photos of your best work and maybe even some website references if your work has been featured online. You can also attach a list of references that your potential client may contact to get a more detailed feedback of your work. Now go print your resume and portfolio and good luck client-hunting.