Looking for event planning jobs has always been a daunting task, to say the least. The browsing… the waiting… having to put up with your family and friends asking every other day: “How’s the search going?” Just brilliant — How do you think it’s going?
One would guess that with all the technology and job hunting platforms that are out there, it should have gotten easier, but I believe that it is, in fact, the opposite. Before we used to have a single listing on the Sunday newspaper, now in the online world there are endless ways to find a job.
With so much information out there, how can you tell apart the good from the lousy ones? (The question of the XXI century.) And how do you beat that other person those other hundreds of work-seekers who are noticing the looming last day of the month on their calendars — with no transfer being made the following week.
Not that I’ve ever been there. I wouldn’t know — I just imagine. I’ve always been employed. I signed my first contract when I came out of my mother’s womb, way before working with personalised clothing. It was kind of hard to pick up a pen with the tiny hands I had back then, but I managed.
Event Planning Jobs:
Top 20 Job Listing Sites for Event Planners
In this post, we’ll specifically cover online platforms that either feature job listings relating to the event industry or offer resources that will help you land a job in the coveted sector.
Note: If you want to read a comprehensive guide on how to take your first steps into the event planning industry then I’d suggest reading this post we wrote a while back. You can also check the following information on volunteering, which is another way of entering the industry.
Online Jobs Listings specialised in the Events Industry
Association of Event Organisers (AEO)
An association with a mission to help its members through tools and any information they might need regarding the sector. Its job listing is not very large, but it does feature more information than most without the need of a membership.
Since it was launched in 2000, ESP has been listing jobs related to the UK and international events industry. Aside from London, they also have offices in Dubai which is good to know in case you have ever been interested in working in the UAE.
Event Job Search
It is a job listing website specialised in the events industry. It is powered by C&IT and Event magazine, two of the leading news sources in the British Events Industry. One of the benefits of having a website dedicated solely to events is the ability to get a lot more specific on your search compared to a general job listing website.
International Special Events Society (ILEA)
For over 30 years the ILEA has provided its members with the information and networking opportunities necessaries to strive in the ever-changing industry of event management. The association has over 53 chapters around the globe and the UK branch offers a job listing section on their website. The only problem seems to be that it doesn’t get updated very often. At the time of writing, their most recent offer is two months old.
Published by CAT Publications, MeetPie is one of the most important portals in the meeting industry. Among its most important features, there is an editorial section with the latest news and references from the industry and a jobs listing page. The platform might look visually dated compared to other sources on this list, but it is updated daily with relevant information and its got an experienced team behind it.
Other Specialised Job Listings
If you want to work in the media and marketing communication industry, then look no further. Aspire is a new name in the sector, but it gathers more than 22 years of experience thanks to the five recruitment agencies that prosper under its umbrella.
CareerScope is a free resource for those wanting to get into the hospitality and leisure industry. It offers advice for interviews, CV writing tips and work opportunities at any of their partner companies, among other services.
A platform that offers job listings in the creative sectors. The site’s design and interface are gorgeous, which is expected since web design and graphic design are two of the most featured fields in the award winning platform. There are several positions relating to experience events, which are a big trend in the industry at the moment.
As the name suggests, this is a place to look for jobs related exclusively to marketing.
General Jobs Listing Websites
One of the best, if not the best job searching website on the internet. According to this infographic by Irish startup SocialTalent, the platform has been the number one job site in the UK for the past two years, indeed. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Aside from its great search engine and simple interface, Indeed has offices in ten countries and its website receives 180 million users monthly.
As a member of StepStone, one of the largest online job portals in the world, this award winning website posts around 150,000 job openings a month. They pride themselves in offering innovative tools like easy access to your profile from any device.
Is one of the newest and fastest-growing jobs and recruiting sites to enter the business. One of the cool features of this platform is the “interviews” section where users can talk about their interview experiences with specific companies. It is a service available only to those who “sign up” but it is free to do so.
Is often referred as the best jobs recruitment online platforms to come out of the press. According to their website, they have been leading the field for the past 20 years.
It is a recruitment platform with a long history that expands over 33 countries and employs around 9000 people.
A list like this one could not be complete without LinkedIn. Even though some still refuse to accept it, the platform has proven that it is an intrinsic part of today’s job market. Did you know that there are around 20 million LinkedIn users in the UK alone? And that every second two new users join worldwide?
Inaugurated in 1995, reed.co.uk is considered the first British recruitment website launched by a recruitment agency. Every month the sites receives over 7 million job seekers and it is used by companies such as the BBC, Marks & Spencer, Vodafone and many more. Social talent named it the second best job listing website of 2015 in the UK.
The Sunday Times Appointments
Previously two separate job boards, The Times and The Sunday Times were joined to create an even bigger listing and offer a better service to their customers.
ABPCO (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers)
A great opportunity for those interested getting into the Conference Business in the UK. ABPCO organises several events throughout the year for its members to get to know each other and network. For those who want to join, the organisation offers different types of memberships from professional ones to student packages for £12 a year.
Not to be confused with iCloud, Icould describes itself as a “…a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people”. The concept is simple, professionals from all kind of industries share their stories on how they got into the position they currently hold. If you search for “event manager” you’ll find profiles of people who’ve entered the industry almost by accident while others don’t even have a degree. By watching these videos, it becomes obvious that there is no such thing as a straight line when it comes to a career path.
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