Before you can perform meeting magic, you first have to find your next gig. That requires a killer resume. When you have a lot to brag about, it can be easy to overlook important skills that you bring to an organization and emphasize irrelevant information. Let’s take your CV one section at a time to make sure your event cred is obvious even at a glance.
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Utilize That Summary
First, answer the question: who are you? Include your official title. Then pick your best trait in the workplace. Are you the one constantly finding and fixing typos in proposals? Do you pull together last-minute events like a champ? Once you’ve decided, find the most appropriate adjective and add it.
Finally, think about where you want to go with your career. If you want to be the one traveling all over, write that. If you prefer to do administrative work, make that clear. The only way you’ll get what you want is by spelling it out. This way, prospective employers will have an idea of how you would work in the position you’re applying for.
Highlight Your Skills
If you have managed event app development, include that as a skill. If you’re a pro at video editing, let potential future employers know that, too. Adding skills that give you an edge is crucial. Even those that may not seem relevant to event planning may end up playing a role and show that you are able to wear more than one hat. An employee capable of doing more than a singular task can ultimately become invaluable.
Show and Tell
Arguably the most important section of a resume is the experience. This is where you can flaunt what you are capable of doing. But this section isn’t solely for sharing responsibilities.
Instead, use this space to, yes, show what you’ve done in each role. But also add accomplishments and achievements. Think back to the wins in your career and include them. Even if you don’t have years of experience behind you, proof of accomplishments can be a major boost to your worth. Employers want to hire somebody who will get the job done right—highlighting your achievements is an easy way to demonstrate that you have what it takes.
The education section can be the most concise aspect of your resume. While having a degree isn’t always necessary, degrees can be a selling point, especially if you don’t have much experience. Even if it’s not specifically in the hospitality industry, degrees demonstrate the ability to work at something continuously. You don’t have to include a GPA, but mention any accolades in short bullet points. If you’re a certified professional, such as a CMP, include that in this section.