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Meet Emily Mathews, Certified Meeting Professional, from Round Rock, Tex.
- What is your desired position/title? Marketing & event planning
- In what industry are you looking for work? Health care
- What makes you, as a candidate, unique? I say this humbly, because it’s based on feedback from other people, not on my own delusions: My winning personality! Customers and vendors are always making my day by telling me, “Emily, you’re a delight to work with” and “Emily, you’re so funny.” Not to mention, “Emily, you look like Liza Minelli,” but that’s another story! I guess I’m a bit…irreverent, and people seem to enjoy it. It’s not something I aim to be, but there you have it. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not doing a comedy act all day, by any means, but if all my skills are equal to those of other candidates, my personality is what tends to stand out.
- How do you demonstrate passion for your work or your profession? By what I do outside the office. The Certified Meeting Professional Designation takes a lot of time and money to pursue. You can’t even apply to sit for the exam without a certain number of years of experience. So for me, getting this designation screamed, “This field is my passion and I’m serious about it!” I’m also involved with my local MPI (Meeting Professionals International) chapter, and I have been honored with two awards. It might sound cliche, but volunteer work for the chapter is all about giving back.
- How do you stay informed about changes or advances in your chosen profession/industry? The meeting planning industry is blessed with many wonderful magazines and websites. I make time to read them and to follow industry stars on Twitter. I attend industry events, too, of course. There’s no substitute for face-to-face interaction.
- What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten? From my last boss: “Stay in the moment.” If I’m dealing with, say, an issue in the trade show hall, I can’t be thinking about what’s going on upstairs in the educational sessions. I’ll get there, but I need to focus on what’s at hand.