Resume Tips: Be Specific

Almost monthly we receive a resume from someone interested in event planning. Quite frankly, the Twin Cities market is saturated with aspiring meeting and event planners. Having performed the hiring of all the event staff of the McNamara Alumni Center for the last 17 years, I have read literally thousands of event planners’ resumes. I have one general observation about resumes: most are not specific enough about the person’s responsibilities. For example, here is a common task I find written on a resume of a young professional:

  • Planned our sorority’s annual banquet

Look at the difference it makes to instead write:

  • Led monthly meetings of a 12-member planning committee; created agendas, facilitated discussions
  • Researched and selected venue and catering; negotiated contract terms
  • Made centerpieces that showcased award recipients
  • Wrote program copy, including award bios, and facilitated printing
  • Wrote and delivered the opening remarks to an audience of 250 people
  • Managed a budget of $7500, monitoring expenses and revenue

Which gives the hiring manager more of an idea of the person’s skills and leadership capabilities? Does your event planning resume tell an accurate story of what your responsibilities are? Would your resume stand out on a pile of other planners’ resumes? Spend 30 minutes tonight reviewing your resume. Make sure it tells your story well.