How to Hire or be Hired in the Events Industry - AMA with Robert Kenward from June 26 to 29

(Belinda Booker) #1

We are delighted to welcome Robert Kenward, founder of event industry recruitment specialist YOU search & select, to host an Ask Me Anything session from June 26-29.

Robert has worked within the events and recruitment sector for over 17 years, including at a senior level within top agencies Banks Sadler, Sledge and mcm creative group. He has explored the world of hiring from all angles – namely as a candidate, a client and a now an independent recruiter, working exclusively with event and communication agencies.

By practising his unique “Fitability®” model, Robert helps companies attract and retain talent, matching people with people, as well as skills with job descriptions. You can ask Robert questions on any aspect of employment or HR, whether you want to find the best people to take your business forward, or discover how to get your dream job in events.

Please post your questions on this thread and Robert will be here to answer them from Tuesday, June 26.

(Belinda Booker) #2

Welcome @robert I will kick off with a question: If you want to fast track to the top within an events company; reach director level, get on the board etc. is there any special formula?

(Dewi) #3

How does someone start in event industry, do they start at the bottom and work their way up or do they get a qualification to enter the industry?

(Robert Kenward) #4

Tough question to start with, blimey !!
I’ve always believed qualifications are a great way in, however, they’re not a necessity, and each agency will have their own thoughts on them.

My advice to people looking to get into the sector is think about what you’re good at, what do you enjoy doing and then target businesses that align with this.

Instead of just sending in your CV speculatively, create a personalised overview that explains how you would help them, how you would add value and why you’ve chosen their brand as a match for you.

Recruitment in the events industry is a noisy space, so you need to stand out creatively and intelligently from the start.

Event management student looking to shadow or help out
(Robert Kenward) #5

If I knew the formula, I’d bottle it and make a fortune !!

The key is not just hard work, but working smarter. We’ve all done 10-15 hour days and think we’ll get noticed and rewarded for our hard work, however, these people are not working smart and will usually burn out after a few years (max).

Working smarter is about using your skills to impact the business in the most cost-effective and time-sensitive way. Don’t be afraid to be the first one to put your hand up to take on a project that impacts the business, or even better, be proactive with the owners & senior stakeholders if you have ideas to share and volunteer to implement side projects.

One of the best tips I can give people looking to move into senior leadership, is to surround yourself with people smarter than you and learn a little bit of each of them so that you become a more rounded professional and can, therefore, establish wider relationships which support and grow the business, this is a sure fire way to prick the ears of the owners and senior stakeholders.

(Dewi) #6

Thank you for the answer. I believe someone should start at the bottom and gather qualifications on the way up.

(Belinda Booker) #7

Great advice. What do you think about trying to get a mentor? In your experience, are there many senior people interested in taking on this role (or have the time to do so). Should a mentee be prepared to pay?

(Belinda Booker) #8

@Top_Members do you have any questions for Robert - especially those of you looking to hire staff?