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TIPS & ADVICE
We’ve pulled together some tips and tricks for how you can go about landing your first role in the events industry.
- CV Writing Tipskeyboard_arrow_down
- Keep it concise and simple – your CV should be easy to read. Limit yourself to 2 pages maximum and don’t put too much information, only what is relevant for the role you apply for
- Tailor a CV to a specific job – make sure that the content is relevant to each job application, instead of sending a generic CV
- Organise the information clearly – use sections and mark these with clear headings such as: Personal Profile; Skills Summary; Employment History and Education & Qualifications
- The most recent information should always come first, your CV should read as it’s going backwards in time
- Showcase your achievements – explain how you made a difference to a project or a task, focusing more on the result than the role
- Review your CV – avoid grammatical or spelling mistakes, wait until the next day to take another look at it and ask for a second opinion from a friend or colleague that you trust
- Use a template – a template can be a good way to have a structure for the information that you need to provide. It also helps keeping the focus on the information that matters
- Use language that reflects your personality and originality – use strong verbs like ‘led’, ‘handled’, ‘managed’ and avoid weak ones like ‘liaised’, ‘involved in’
- Don’t repeat yourself – supply the employer with only the necessary information
- Be honest – you may be asked by the employer to explain your qualifications in detail
- Structuring your CVkeyboard_arrow_down
How to structure your CV
The aim of this section is to highlight your professional attributes and goals, summarising why someone should consider your application. Tailor your description specifically for the role you are going for.
In this section, you should include in a concise manner:
- How many years of experience you have to date
- The industries you have worked for
- The skills you have gained
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Be clear and concise. This section should describe your key achievements in the role or task you were responsible for:
- What was your achievement?
- How did you manage this?
- What skills did you need?
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Key skills help your potential employer see your strengths. Do not shy away with what you know you can do, but do not lie about this as you will most likely be asked to provide an example of a situation you demonstrated those skills.
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Sharing your interests is another way for the employer to see if you can be a good fit for their organisation. This reflects some aspects of your personality, so make sure to include a variety of interests: Playing football can show that you are a team-player, running may demonstrate that you feel comfortable with solitary activities too.
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- CV Templatekeyboard_arrow_down
You can download our CV template to help you get started below.
- Interview tipskeyboard_arrow_down
- Research the organisation interviewing you. The more you will know about them and the role they offer, the more you will understand what they are looking for in a candidate.
- Practice the most common questions that are asked in an interview so that you don’t get stuck while searching for answers. You can find resources online or through recruitment agencies.
- Ensure that you look presentable and professional. Although the interviewer is interested in what you have to say, the first impression matters.
- Engage with the recruiter by smiling, making eye-contact, and showing a positive body language.
- Take your time when answering tough questions. Feel free to ask the interviewer to explain what they mean. It is absolutely fine to ask for more clarity in order to provide more accurate answers.
- Ask questions as it shows your sense of initiative, curiosity and motivation to know more about the organisation and the role. You can prepare a few questions in advance.
- Take notes. Gathering information is a good reflection of your commitment and conscientiousness.
- End the interview with a positive note by reiterating your interest in the offer. It can be as simple as telling them that you look forward to hearing from them. As long as they know that you feel very motivated by the role after the interview.
- Arrive on timekeyboard_arrow_down
Being on time is always important, but especially on your first day. Find out what time you should arrive, and show up precisely at that time. You should be told this before your first day, if not, contact your manager or HR department to find out. You may want to try mapping out or even traveling your route beforehand, you need to know exactly where to go and how long it will take.
- Play the name gamekeyboard_arrow_down
On your first day, you may be introduced to lots of new faces. To help make sure you don’t forget names, why not make a map or a chart showing name and job role. In some cases, your manager will be able to supply you with a list of all your co-workers and their contact details. If you are in a situation where you forget a colleague’s name, the best solution is to simply apologize and ask their name again.
- Dress codekeyboard_arrow_down
No, you don’t have to show up in a Savile Row suit, but do look the part. Check the dress code before your first day. Depending on your job role/business you may be supplied with a uniform; if so, you’ll have to check if you can wear it on your way to work, or will you be expected to change there. Even if you are unsure of the dress code it’s a good idea to arrive dressed smartly.
- What to bring alongkeyboard_arrow_down
Make sure to take along any starting documents/contracts if you have them; as well as your identification (passport, driving license). You may want to take along a notepad and pen. You’ll be introduced to so much new information and tips that will be important to remember beyond your first day, just jot them down – plus, it doesn’t hurt to seem keen.
- Ask questionskeyboard_arrow_down
Don’t be afraid to ask more about a topic or address any concerns you may have, even if the answer is simple. Your co-workers will be more than understanding and willing to help! Plus, asking questions shows you are interested and engaged. Remember, it’s better to ask before you’ve completed the task the wrong way and wasted your time. Your manager should do this at the start of your day; if not, you can ask to be shown where the toilets/staff room is, as well as check the policy on breaks.
- Be a self-starterkeyboard_arrow_down
As you finish tasks and are ready to move on, take the initiative and ask for more jobs.
- At the end of the daykeyboard_arrow_down
As you leave check what time you are in the next day, especially if its shift work, it may have changed. Remember to thank your manager or whoever may be looking after you for the first day; and try and be positive as you leave. Your first day is exciting so enjoy the moment.