It’s a competitive market in the events industry. Whilst the industry continues to grow, so too does the number of people wanting to enter the market. In our last article we talked about the importance of having a sound resume and LinkedIn profile. In this article we will provide you with some further tips on how to best stand out from the crowd and get that job you desire!
Tip 1 – Your Resume!
As discussed in detail in our last article, your resume is the first impression that both an Event Recruiter and prospective employer will see of you. Please refer to our previous article here
Have you worked on a wonderful range of events? Make an events portfolio. This is also a sound way to distinguish yourself from the crowd of applicants. An events portfolio can also help you to remember all those events you have managed or been involved with over the years.
Tip 2 – Facebook, Twitter and all things Social Media
LinkedIn as we know is a vital resource for your online resume/professional profile. It allows event recruiters and event employers alike to source candidates for roles and to ensure that your online profile matches your provided resume.
But what about Facebook, Twitter and all those other Social Media sites? In this day and age it’s paramount that you think twice about your social media activities before you post online. Don’t want photos, tweets or messages to be displayed that could be taken out of context? Don’t post! Whilst we would like to think that these things are private, with the changing nature of social media and the importance of it to identifying who we are, its vital that you consider what you post before you post it. Don’t just think about the current, think about the implications that such a post could have on your image, reputation or more importantly your future career.
Finally, make sure that your social media photo is professional.
Tip 3 – Networking
There is no shortage of networking or social events for the events industry so why not network? Networking is an important tool in connecting you to like-minded individuals or indeed prospective companies that you are looking to work with or alongside in the future. Networking is not limited to just in person, it also includes via mediums such as LinkedIn. LinkedIn allows us to connect with people and share ideas. In fact at Catalyst, we use networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on a frequent basis to share ideas, jobs and articles with our candidates and clients.
Tip 4 – Application process
Dreaming of your next job? Before applying for a job, consider the key responsibilities, criteria and requirements for the role. What do we mean by this? Apply for jobs that you are interested in and have the right experience for. If a role has specific requirements that you don’t essentially have, then ensure to explain how your experiences match the criteria. Position descriptions are often specific to the experience required, so that the candidate is versed with the requirements of the role and the recruiter or employer sets out the requirements from the onset. Always read the position description in detail or ask further questions before applying. Taking these necessary steps will support you in your job search and save you time.
Tip 5 – Understanding the Recruitment Process
So you have been successful for an interview with the recruiting employer (either directly or via an Events Recruiter), so what now?
Knowing what the company does, who it services, the events it runs, how long it has been in operation for and any successful achievements it has made; are basic necessities for you to understand and relate to the company during your interview.
Have a smart phone? Have a computer? There is no shortage of options available to search about the company and understand it prior to your interview. You are sure to know someone who also knows that company or has worked with them before.
Make sure you have a clear idea of the job, get a detailed position description if there is one available, understand why the role Is available and what you need to achieve within the first 3 or 6 months. Make sure to also have a list of relevant questions.
Like a university exam, take time out to study the company, get to know it and importantly get to know your role before going to your interview. This will help you stand out from the crowd!
Also, always attend an interview when you get one, even if the role is not essentially the best fit for what you have seen. Whilst the role may not suit, the client may have another role available or may look to tailor the role to your experiences. Also as the industry is small, you never know what one meeting with a client can lead to. The only way to ensure that you have a full understanding about the role and the company is by attending the interview.
Tip 6 – Image
First impressions are key to establishing a business relationship. How you behave in your first interview is a critical first step to getting your desired job. Dressing appropriately and smartly seems obvious but your first impression is so vital! Of course the attire must be smart and appropriate, however overstated is always better than understated. However your image is not just about how you look, but also how you discuss your experiences and communicate in the interview.
Tip 7 – Marketing yourself
Marketing yourself is a vital part of standing out from the crowd! Focusing on your skills, presenting a fitting image for the part you seek and communicating well shows your eagerness and passion to succeed in the role. Being relaxed, smiling, confident and in control of the interview are important characteristics that will leave the interviewer not only impressed by your mannerism, but confident in your ability.
Avoid bringing up negatives e.g. don’t trash your previous boss. Marketing yourself is all about how you come across and this is as vital as anything in the recruitment process.
Tip 8 – Searching for roles whilst you’re already employed
The common norm is to only look for a role when you are nearing the end of your current contract or out of work. The most effective time to search for roles is actually when you are currently employed. There are many reasons for this; your dream role may be just around the corner and you didn’t know it, your current experiences may be sought after by the employer and you are keeping yourself abreast of the market so when you are finally ready to move on you can do so.
The market is competitive but there is still a wealth of wonderful events roles out there! We hope our tips help you in your search for your dream role! At Catalyst Consulting & Events your event recruitment specialists, we are always available to support you in your search. Good luck!
Kate Bidwell, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Catalyst Consulting & Events – proud Business Partner of the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association