Hello, there! I’m Alex, eventeem’s newest Staffing Executive. Nearly 6 weeks have passed since I joined the agency, and I’ve been working really hard to expand our event staff community.
Along the way I’ve come to find that there are a few key ingredients required to create a seamless and positive recruitment experience for all of our new event staff applicants, and I thought I’d share these valuable tips with you to aid you in your application process!
Hands up, who loves application forms?
Okay, so most can be quite arduous and boring, I’ll grant you that. But not ours! Our application form is so important as the information you enter, more often than not, is your first opportunity to make a great first impression – and as we all know, first impressions can be everything. You already know you’re an amazing staff member; it’s your responsibility to make sure we do too!
It’s really important when filling out the application to complete every section in full. We appreciate that you’re not necessarily going to know all of the information (I for one have never measured the circumference of my neck) but we ask you for this information for a reason. If you’ve left chunks of blank space, it’s going to look as though you just couldn’t be bothered to fill it in, and that may ultimately start you off on the back foot.
- Record as many details about your personal measurements as possible. Clients will often be looking to provide you with some sort of uniform whilst you’re representing a brand; entering this information up front saves everyone bags of time chasing it in the future.
- Upload a copy of your passport photo page! This is very important as it serves as proof of your right to work in the UK. If you don’t have a passport, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your birth certificate and some photographic ID. Don’t be tempted to leave that section blank because you don’t have a scanner. A clear photograph taken on a phone can be just as effective.
- Fill out the ‘Experience’ section as fully as possible and make the effort to tell us a little about yourself in the ‘Initial Interview’. A few lines detailing what makes you a good brand ambassador, team leader or event manager, coupled with examples of the types of activities you’ve worked on and brands you’ve represented is perfect. There’s plenty of time for us to get to know you better in your telephone interview!
Uploading a well written, honest, and succinct CV shows us that you’re serious about your application!
Everyone knows that the best CVs are short and sweet. They should include: accurate personal information, a short bio to give us a flavour of your personality and a summary of your work history laid out in a clear and easy-to-read manner. Remember: a CV should not resemble an essay! (Even the hardiest of event recruiters will open four pages of solid text and gulp!)
- Keep your bio nice and brief and try to inject a little personality into it.
- List your event experience clearly. Set it out in a table if it helps you organise it more easily:
|IceCreem||Sampling||Brand Ambassador||March 2015|
|Dreemies||Leafleting||Team Leader||April 2015|
- If you’ve had little to no event experience, don’t panic! Use your CV to talk about your paid work or voluntary experiences and how they have influenced your skill-set. Spoiler alert: we’re looking for evidence of how effectively you can communicate with others, your ability to engage with a variety of audiences, as well as your reliability and positive work ethic!
- Visit sites like Dayjob.com who provide hundreds of templates, as well as helpful advice!
- Finally, add a section to cover any specialist skills you may have. What makes you you? Are you also a face painter? A fire breather? A balloon modeller? All of these things can help us understand more about you as a person as well as your potential as a multi-skilled future staff member.
Don’t forget to give the spell-checker a quick click before you upload it. (Well, we’re only human after all!)
Your profile picture is one of the most important elements of your application as your selection can reveal a lot about you as a person. We need your profile picture to be clear, sharp and deliver a positive impression. Simple!
This is because we send your profiles along to our clients to show them who will be representing their brand. A well lit photograph in which you look friendly and approachable can affirm to them that you are the right person for the job, especially in the event industry where clients and event staff often never meet in person.
- Try to upload a head-and-shoulders profile picture if you can – though we can always crop it! Compose it so that you are forward facing, relaxed, well presented, natural and smiling. Ensure the photograph is nice and sharp with a good resolution.
- If you’re not certain you’ve got the perfect profile picture to fit all our criteria, upload a wide selection – as many as you like! We’re experienced in selecting the perfect profile shot, so take the pressure off yourself and let us do the work.
- Avoid extremely heavy make-up, cluttered backgrounds, other people draped over you, blurring, fuzziness, and orangey, artificial light! (Mirror selfies – and we’ve all done them – are also a no-no.)
Keep these application tips in mind and you’ll be progressed to the telephone interview stage in the blink of an eye!
The telephone interview itself is, in essence, a friendly chat about your skills and experiences. It’s nothing at all to worry about; it’s simply a chance for us to acquaint ourselves a little better and begin to understand what makes you tick! Once that stage is successfully complete, you’ll be at liberty to peruse our event staff jobs section to your heart’s content! Will you be our next eventeemer of the month?
So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t done it already, get yourself registered! We can’t wait to meet you – in fact, I’ll tell you all about our face to face casting sessions in my next article!