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How to land that dream planner job?

This requires a long-term vision for your career development. Beyond the skill sets, there are also professional, social and psychological considerations to ensure you attract the right circumstances that enhance your job search. 

Here are some tips shared by Danny Li, co-founder of AsiaHospitalityCareers.com.

Top 5 planning skills that are in demand
• Creativity - In an ever more competitive market, being creative and innovative can make all the difference for any event.

• Effective Communications - This isn't just an ability to talk to people, its about ensuring verbal and written communications are concise and conveyed in a manner that would not lead to miscommunications and misunderstandings.

Ability to Multi-task -  Planners need to juggle so many different areas within each project. The ability to handle so many concurrent tasks is critical in order to be an effective planner.

Time Management - There is only one deadline.  If the event is happening on that date, then barring a major disaster, it must happen.  Being able to manage not just the planners own time but the times of every party involved will define success or failure.

Ability to Plan - It's ironic that an in-demand skill for planners is actually planning, but it's the embodiment of what planners must do.   As Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".

6 ways to land your perfect planner job
• Exposure - The perfect job doesn't just appear, it's the cumulation of every task you have participated in, that will position you to land the perfect job when it does appear.   Gaining wide exposure within the industry, no matter how small will lead you to that perfect job.

• Networking - These days, that perfect planner job may not be found from traditional channels.  It could be via social media, talking to people at industry events, referrals from happy clients etc.  Be active in your networking, both physical and virtual to stay in touch.

• Experience - Experience is your living portfolio of work that proves you can do what employers expect you to do.  There is no real substitute for experience.

• Staying up to date - Making sure you are up to date with the developments of the industry and technologies that can help you do better is key.  This means continued learning to upgrade your skills.

• Set the Right Expectations - Every job no matter how perfect it sounds will have its highs and lows.  Setting the right expectations means no matter what the job throws at you, you are in a position to manage it and make it your own. 

• Understanding yourself
- Only you know what motivates and drives you.  Whatever the job is, it must align with what you are seeking for it to be "perfect".