Tips from Experts

Have you ever wondered what your future employer is looking for when you apply for your dream role?

See what some of the leading experts in the events industry are looking for when they are recruiting:

Dianna Crebbin, BSc AMM CEM


Founder and Director


DC Conferences


www.dcconferences.com.au


What do you look for in a CV?

“The applicant needs to show a good understanding of the role in their CV. This may mean customising their CV template to highlight relevant experience”

 

Do you have any tips on being memorable (in the right way) during an interview?

“Bring a box of chocolates (only kidding).

I think it’s important to show that you really want the job and explain why. Then be authentic.”

 

What key skills (transferrable and/or event specific) do you look for in a candidate

“Of course this depends a lot on the role but the ability to communicate both orally and in writing is key. Understanding English grammar and excellent spelling are very important”

 

Do you have any tips for someone considering moving into conference management from another sector?

“Don’t be afraid to start at a lower level and work towards promotion”

Kate Miller


Director


Chilli Fox Events Pty Ltd


www.chillifoxevents.com.au


What do you look for in a CV?

Firstly, it needs to be maximum of 3 pages, ideally 2. It needs to ensure that the candidate’s experience is clearly dated and labelled i.e. job title, term of employment, company name.

Ensure that the skills developed in past experience illustrates their suitability for the role.

A candidate should also highlight results and achievements in each role.

I also like to see an explanation of any gaps in their CV even if it’s something like travelling/maternity leave/studying.

Education should also be clearly labelled with dates and location and what level of qualification was achieved.

Other items you may wish to consider adding to your CV – A professional photo (not your Facebook profile pic!)

Your LinkedIn address (invite them to connect with you) and ensure that what is on your CV also matches your LinkedIn profile.

A cover letter which is clearly tailored to the role and organisation – not just a generic one fits all approach.

 

Do you have any tips on being memorable (in the right way) during an interview

Arrive at least 5 mins early

Be prepared – research the role, research the company, who their clients are. Ensure you have some questions prepared, there is nothing worse than asking a candidate if they have any questions and sitting there in silence…

Remember that an interview is just as much about you (the candidate) interviewing the company to ensure it’s a good fit for you too.

Send a follow up thank you email shortly after the interview (same day) to acknowledge their time and thank them for the opportunity to meet and reiterate your interest in the role (if you still like the sound of it!).

 

What key skills (transferrable and/or event specific) do you look for in a candidate

  • Experience with technology i.e. event software, apps, website development
  • Organisation skills, good communication and people skills
  • Ability to problem solve and handle difficult situations with grace.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and good negotiation skills.

 

Do you have any tips for someone considering moving into conference management from another sector

Event Management is a rewarding and fulling career, with many benefits along the way. Anyone moving into this industry, does need to be aware that it is not your typical 9 to 5 job. It requires flexibility and additional hours, particularly in the lead up to the event.

Also, depending on which area of events you move into, many event roles are office based, depending on the lead time, client and size of the event.

One of the best tips I can give, is get good at building and maintaining industry relationships, with colleagues, suppliers, event stakeholders, delegates etc – it’s a small industry and you never know who you may need support or business from along the way.