Enjoy this expertly developed sample event planner resume with complimentary cover letter strategies included. Unlike most resume samples you will find, this one is a completely editable Word document, which means you can revise this resume as needed to suit your needs while keeping the stylish format in tact.
123 Elm Street 678.555.5555 JESSE KENDALL Atlanta, GA 30339 email@example.com Extremely organized with a seven year background in the successful planning and seamless execution of exceptional meetings and events. Expert in managing facilities, schedules, travel, and accommodations. Successful track record of creating venues and planning agendas. Proven ability to balance priorities, meet tight deadlines, and produce superior quality. Known for thriving in dynamic, high-pressure environments. Key skills include: • Personnel Management • Team Building & Training • Talent Recruitment • Customer Satisfaction • Organization & Follow-Through • Relationship Management • Travel Arrangements • Project Management EVENT PLANNING EXPERIENCE EVENT PLANNER, ABC INC., Lilburn, GA 20xx to Present Expertly plan events and weddings. Establish budgets, review locations, and choose venues. Ensure best rates by skillfully negotiating with suppliers, vendors, and entertainers. Source highly qualified caterers, florists, and limousine services. Oversee contracted team of event contributors including various musicians, a Photographer, and a DJ. Develop plans for floral arrangements, select invitations, and conduct food tastings. Selected Achievements: Seamlessly orchestrated events, with budgets of up to $20,000, for up to 1500 attendees. Successfully developed on-the-spot contingency plans during adverse weather conditions. Developed personal inventory of elegant event equipment including chairs, tables, fountains, linen, silverware, and serving dishes. EVENT PLANNER, BCD INC., Douglasville, GA 20xx to 20xx Directed annual events, fundraisers, and golf tournaments for a non-profit organization focused on helping underprivileged girls. Solicited donations for organizational funding and silent auctions. Developed and distributed souvenir booklets, CDs, and DVDs for child attendees. Found venues for golf tournaments and attained sponsors. Led volunteer marketing efforts and sent out announcement letters. Continually increased visibility by promoting the importance of the organization. Selected Achievements: Garnered significant donations from celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby. Obtained free cars to be given as prizes during golf tournaments and secured the necessary insurance. EVENT PLANNER, CDE INC, Lithonia, GA 20xx to 20xx Planned and coordinated the store’s grand opening. Booked food vendors, music bands, and the keynote speaker. Served as the primary point of contact for all involved vendors. Developed relationships within the community to boost attendance levels. Monitored staffing levels in all service areas to ensure exceptional member service. Selected Achievements: Developed highly effective radio and print ad campaigns that aggressively promoted the event. Recognized by the President of CDE for executing the largest and most successful grand opening he ever participated in. EDUCATION B.S. ~ Business Administration, Minor: Marketing, XYZ University, Atlanta, GA • 20xx Creating a Compelling Cover Letter A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications. Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this fate by following these effective strategies: Address your cover letter appropriately: Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual. The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral. Get to the point in your opening paragraph: One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?” Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example, instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter: In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest. Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also make your letter look elementary and poorly written. For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased. Close your letter with a strong paragraph: In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it), or your desire to relocate. To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up. In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.
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