We have recently had a number of experienced events candidates asking what should be included on their CV. This isn’t as obvious you may think. We look at CVs every day, some that are brilliant and stand out to the more ‘interesting’ ones.
If you are sending your CV to an agent or directly to a company this is your first and only opportunity to sell yourself and make that important first impression. You want to make sure your CV impresses and opens the door to an interview!
So what do we look for in a CV? We have put some of our top tips together. These tips are predominately in relation to the roles that we recruit for; Conference Production, Conference Marketing, Conference Sales and Event Management.
Our top tips are:
- Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages – we know this can be hard, but the more concise you are the better. The relevant information should jump out to the reader. Make sure you tailor your CV to each role you apply for.
- Include a short profile, explaining your current role and your future aspirations.
- List your experience & education in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first. Employers want to know your degree (subject & results) & any relevant qualifications. There is no need to list GCSE subjects taken.
- Under each role, the company name, dates employed, jobs responsibilities and your key achievements are the most important. (Bullet points are a good way to get this across)
- Show revenue figures against targets and detail any Key Performance Indicators, especially for sales roles. This shows what you have achieved to date.
- Include your interests, hobbies and activities outside of work. Also include any relevant training you may have had.
- Add personal goals & achievements, including things you are most proud of, this will give the employer an idea of your personality & future aspirations.
- Make sure that all dates add up and you have no unexplained gaps in your CV.
- Always proof read your CV before you send it! Ask a friend to read it too. Your CV should be clear, succinct and flow.
Additional tips to consider:
- What sectors have you produced events in?
- How many events have you produced? What size and scale were there?
- How many delegates / speakers / sponsors?
- What success have you had – have you increased revenue?
- Have you launched any events?
- Monthly targets – revenue/proposals
- Biggest revenue achievements against targets
- If you have management experience, how many people have you managed and at what level
- Examples of event growth through sponsorship/delegate sales – how did you directly influence this growth?
- Examples of when you worked with other business functions (e.g. Production) to achieve success
- Budget management and negotiating skills
- Detail your logistics experience – venue sourcing and contract negotiation
- Event complexity, size and scale, does your experience include exhibitions experience, such as floor plans
- Detail events you have worked on – such as delegate numbers?
- Biggest media partnership, how did you achieve it?
- Provide information on growth in delegate numbers/revenue influenced by you
- Did you work on any sponsorship deals brought in by marketing
- Systems you have worked with, e.g. Salesforce, Eloqua, any other CRM, CMS or automation systems
- If you have management experience, how many people have you managed and at what level (Execs, Assistants etc.)