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"Thank you so much for your excellent guide! I am more excited than ever to be starting a career as an event planner. One of the best things for me was learning how to make a portfolio to show employers and clients what I could do for their events. It helped me land a great job I would never even have considered applying for before reading this guide. Thanks!" 

Lynne Edwards
Los Angeles, CA






Finding a job in the event planning field can be tough but not impossible if you just know where to look. Here's a few sources to help you in your search.

For more regional/local opportunities, probably nothing beats the classified section of the local newspaper or business journal.  In these high-tech times, you may find the classifieds of your local newspaper online. If your goal is gainful employment close to home, check your paper every day. For a fairly comprehensive listing of on-line classifieds in newspapers by state, click here.

There are a growing number of employment-related sites on the internet. Depending on where you live and/or your willingness to relocate, this may be your best way to seek out job opportunities in the event planning field.

MPIWeb Job Bank

Perhaps the most high profile site that lists job openings specifically for event planners is Meeting Professionals International’s MPIWeb Job Bank. At the entry page, along the top, select careers and from the pull down menu choose from Job Bank, Job Resources or Resume listings. A recent visit to the job bank turned up more than 50 opportunities in a variety of locations. For example, postings included openings for a(n): Event Coordinator in California, Tradeshow and Event Planner in Chicago, Conference Coordinator in New York, Director of University Ceremonies and Special Events in Atlanta, Event Manager in Vancouver, B.C., and many other interesting opportunities.



MADJobs lists job opportunities in both the hotel and meeting planning industries. The navigation of this site is a little challenging. On the jobs page, choose “In the Meeting Planner Database” from the drop down menu. On the page it takes you to, click on the Search button for jobs, then go to the right hand side of the page and select from the drop down menu to view each position individually.



At this site you can search a list of employment opportunities across the industry. On the entry page, select Job Opportunities and Search job listings. To find out about all opportunities, select “any job function” and “any company type” from the drop down menus. The choice of jobs isn’t as good as at the MPIWeb site, but if you are looking for an entry level position, you may find something in your community.


The National Association of Catering Executives Career Site

NACE's CareerSite has partnered with Brainhunter.com Ltd. to provide a comprehensive job-networking source. You can search and apply for targeted jobs in the hospitality industry with employers from around the world, as well as manage your resume and job applications online. This is a new site with jobs being added daily.



Another site with similar employment features is Monster.com. Here you can post your resume at no charge and let the human resources offices come to you. Or you can search by location, category (no “event planner”, though – but hospitality/tourism turned up 950 hits when I searched!) or keyword to find jobs that interest you. Keying in “event planner” again under word search, I received 21 matches (albeit several were also listed at headhunter.net, as well). Jobs were posted from a diverse array of companies (software, university and pubic relations firm, to name a few) in locations throughout the United States.



Post your resume today - Find your dream job tomorrow: HotJobs.com

Post your resume on line then perform your free job search. “Event Planner” turned up more than 105 hits! Hotjobs also offers the opportunity to save your searches, submit multiple resumes and research career tools to help you find a great position in your field.


4 Entertainment Jobs

www.4entertainmentjobs.com is the "inside source" for the "inside jobs" in the entertainment industry.

According to their website, 4entertainmentjobs.com’s mission is to provide job seekers a common location to research a wide range of entertainment jobs. Their goal is to provide a cost effective and easy to use site for job seekers and for employers to be able to locate experienced and qualified talent at all levels.  They offer a comprehensive database of job listings and industry contacts that provide exciting opportunities from all of the biggest names in the entertainment field. Their experience and inside contacts in the entertainment industry allows them to provide our members access to job listings that outsiders could never obtain. You must purchase a membership ($29.95) to view the listings but can post your resume for free.


Meetingjobs.com is the industry's most comprehensive website dedicated to jobsearch in the meetings industry and is owned by The Meeting Candidate Network, Inc. Offers Careers online and even a temp service.


Post Your Resume FREE to Job.com and receive a free resume evaluation and career consultation.

Job.com offers free job searches and postings of your resume. For a minimal fee, their resume distribution service allows you to email your resume to thousands recruiters with a click of the mouse. This site also offers an on-line resume builder and career resources.


Cool Works

Cool Works offers information and links to both seasonal jobs and career opportunities at national parks, theme parks, resorts/lodges, cruise lines, and other tourism related companies.  Search for that unique opportunity by state or by “place” (meaning theme park, resort, national park, etc.).  Most positions are seasonal, but there are a few for the career-minded individual.



The International Association for Exhibition Management has a few job postings on their website mostly related to the sales and services in the exhibition field.  Non-members can post their resume for a $35 fee.


Adventures in Hospitality

Adventures in Hospitality Careers is similar to the major job websites (monster, careerbuilder, etc.) in allowing you to narrow or broaden your search using pre-defined criterion such as city, state, key words, etc.  However, this website only lists opportunities in the hospitality industry, mainly hotel and resort positions (with minimal or no event planning positions).  In order to search for jobs, you are required to create a membership.  There is no charge to create the membership or post your resume.   To increase the number of times your resume is viewed, AHC recommends you update your resume to “HOT CANDIDATE,” with rates starting at $30 per month.  Similar hospitality career search sites are:







Hospitality Resource Network

Hospitality industry jobs for hotel, restaurant, casino and resorts. Online listing of thousands of hospitality positions and resumes. Career advice and resume posting for job seeker. Directory of hospitality employers and vendors.


Recruitment and Search Firms

This is a list of recruitment and search firms specializing in the hospitality industry (hotels, resorts, restaurants, cruise lines, casinos, convention centers, travel, meeting planning etc.).  These links will direct you to the firm’s website where you can gain additional information on open positions.
























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