Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Do you have great logistical and interpersonal skills? Ever notice how many conventions and special events take place at local hotels, museums, fairgrounds and convention centers? Bam!

Amava Take: If you have experience with logistics, customer service, marketing or project management and you’re looking for a flexible way to make some money while you help make something happen, check into being an events associate. You can be part of a team that checks people in, works with vendors, interfaces with attendees and makes the vision of the event coordinator come to fruition. These positions are flexible and you never know who you might meet or want to work with again!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Friendly, approachable problem-solvers do well in these positions.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Ask questions of whomever is supervising you before the event begins so you know what to expect.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

You can expect a fast pace and possibly long shifts, but not for too many days in a row.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

It’s so interesting to watch the dynamics of a particular professional group!

How would you describe the hard parts?

Sometimes I get questions directed to me that are more content and less venue based, so I have to redirect the person elsewhere.

Who’s louder, accountants or dentists?

Surprisingly, I’d say accountants! They are a fun bunch!

Special Requirements: Most positions require at least and high school degree and some prefer a small amount of customer service experience. Check out some event associate sample resumes.

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Finding a Position: National job boards have many listings, as do company and convention center websites. You can also check sites with job listings that give career advice and learn even more about the possibilities. There are specialized job boards for the event industry that may have event associate job leads in your area.