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How to Format an Event Manager Resume

As an event planner you can use any of the three resume formats depending on your employment history. All three formats would enable you to showcase your successful event planning experience. However, we strongly recommend you use a functional resume or combination resume if you plan on leaving a self-employed type business in favor of joining an established event management business.

For example, these two candidates share the same length of experience, but one applicant is closing a privately owned business for financial reasons. This candidate wrote a functional resume to demonstrate their skills and accomplishments based on their achievements and business relationships.

Candidate A — Combination or Chronological Resume

Event Planning Manager — Wedding Planner

  • 9 years of experience
  • 3 years at this job
  • BS Hospitality

Work Experience

  • Create an exclusive list of vendors, venues, caterers, photographers and musicians to establish a one-stop boutique planning service.
  • Manage a team of three event planners and seven assistants to maintain business and client relationships.
  • Develop meaningful client relationships to help establish and execute an event vision board.
  • Provide day-of event management and customer service to ensure minimal stress and disruption to the clients’ celebrations.

Candidate B — Functional

Event Planning Manager — Wedding Planner

  • 4 years of experience
  • 8 months at this job
  • BS Business Management

Professional Skills

Event Management

  • Provided clients exclusive contracts and discounts for desirable venues, catering groups and entertainment talent within the greater Houston area.
  • Offered boutique wedding planning services related to event themes, decorations and music related to the client’s vision.
  • Worked with a team of three to plan schedules, negotiate contracts and meet deadlines to ensure timely delivery of deposits and booking confirmations.

Client Support

  • Arranged regular meetings with clients to reach timely decisions and meet wedding deadlines.
  • Accompanied clients on tours of prospective venues, and tasting from caterers and bartending services to ensure the team met the overall vision.
  • Assisted clients in finding third-party vendors such as photographers, videographers and DJs.
  • Provided day-of event management and customer support to ensure minimal stress to the client.

Event Manager Resume FAQ.

How do you put an event plan on a resume?

You can describe a single event plan the same way you would describe a typical job on a resume. For example, you could format a fundraising event plan the following way:

Event Coordinator, Hospital Fundraising Event

May 2021 – August 2021

  • Provided a venue, food, beverage and auction prizes on a budget of $40k.
  • Established strong lines of communication with the nonprofit hospital and four fundraising subcommittees to accurately execute a theme and vision.
  • Managed a guest list and accomplished an 83% invitation acceptance rate.
  • The event and auction resulted in a donation amount of $430k.

You can further support the information on your resume by providing an event portfolio with images of the vision boards, invitations and final events.

How do I describe my event planning skills on my resume?

We’ll provide a list of practical event planning skills below, but there are multiple methods to describe your event planning skills:

Additional witing tips to perfect your web developer summary include:

  • Resume objective: This opening statement is your first chance to impress a hiring manager professionally by showcasing your top two to three skills that demonstrate your event knowledge or experience.
  • Skills section: If you’re writing a hybrid or chronological resume, list up to 10 skills you haven’t mentioned in your objective statement or work history. If you’re writing a functional resume, your document must include multiple skills sections, each one following a different formatting style and objective.
  • Work history: Your former work experience is the most strategic place to describe your event planning skills. You can break down various tasks and accomplishments related to budget management, venue selection, contract negotiation or catering management under each event role.

What are event planner skills?

Event planner skills can vary from technical skills related to event management knowledge to soft skills related to communication and teamwork. Your resume can include the following event planning skills:

  • Event management
  • Organizational software
  • Venue connections and exclusive partnerships
  • On-site event coordination
  • Budget management
  • Catering connections
  • Collaborative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Team management
  • Outsourcing management skils