The event staffing industry in Nigeria grows bigger everyday with new event staffing agencies springing up and event management companies starting up their own event staffing agencies, thereby increasing the number of job opportunities for event hostesses.
Unlike modeling agencies, ushering agencies allows you to register with as many other ushering agencies as you want to at the same time. This affords you the chance to get ushering jobs more often as job opportunities are broadly spread out.
In this article, we would be sharing with you how to maximize your chances of getting ushering jobs in Nigeria with the tips below:
Tips to getting ushering jobs:
- Apply to different ushering agencies.
- Connect online with ushering agencies.
- Network with other event hostesses/ushers you meet at jobs.
- Have an attractive online profile.
- Have your work kits ready.
- Do a good job when you’re hired.
1. Apply to different ushering agencies:
You increase your chances of getting jobs more often when you apply and register with as many different agencies as you can and the best part of event staffing agencies is that there is no restriction to the number of agencies you’re permitted to register with.
To find different ushering agencies to apply to, simply search online and follow hastags using keywords like ushering services, event planner, event staffing, ushering jobs, event vendors etc on online search channels (google, instagram, facebook, twitter etc). Once the results pop up, go through them one after the other and extract their contact details; also be sure to find out if there are already application steps stipulated by the agency and follow their steps to apply.
2. Connect online with ushering agencies:
Some of the agencies you found online may fail to respond to your DMs or emails but you can keep a tab on them online and when their job opportunities come, you can apply for their jobs. How do you keep a tab on them? Look for their social media pages and follow them where they are most active (it could be facebook, instagram, twitter, linkedin etc).
Be an active follower – like and comment on their posts so you would be noticed by them. All ushering agencies would always post their casting and recruitment calls on their social media pages and when that happens, you would be the first to know. So you can simply apply to their jobs and comment on their post or send them a DM that you have applied and getting a response from them would be easier.
Once your application meets their standard, trust me you would be the first person they would consider for the job.
3. Network with other event hostesses/ushers you meet at jobs:
Networking is the best way to grow faster in every profession. A great deal of job opportunities would continue to come your way when you are able to interact and stay in touch with other event hostesses you meet at jobs. Chances are that you all are connected to different other agencies and some of the hostesses you meet at jobs have been in the profession longer than you, so they have connections with different agencies that often ask them to call extra ushers for jobs.
So seize the opportunity to network with others in any job you go for. Collect their contacts, tell them to keep you informed about job opportunities, ask them about their agencies and how you can join, chat them up from time to time and they would always remember you when the opportunity arises.
4. Have an attractive online profile:
Do you know that 80% of event staffing agencies audition their hostesses online?
A practical example is when Ushers in Nigeria posts an ushering job advert for ushering agencies, as the available hostesses are commenting on that post, all ushering agencies are reading their comments and are also selecting hostesses for their own jobs.
How do they decide which hostess to pick? By their profile. Recruiting agencies would simply visit the profiles all the hostesses that commented, look through all the photos they’ve uploaded on their account and if they are a good fit for their agency, they would contact them directly for jobs.
That doggy filter pictures on your Instagram and facebook accounts might be the reason why those ushering agencies ignored your DM when you told them you wanted to join their agency, which is why auditing your online profile is very key to getting ushering jobs. So go to your profile now, remove you Instagram account from “private” if you did, delete all those filtered and snapchat pictures, upload your professional photoshoots, post pictures where you’re nicely dressed in flattering dresses and don’t forget to always post pictures you took at jobs, so they would know you have job experience.
5. Have your work kits ready:
Like every other profession, an event hostess needs to have some work tools to enable her get and be prepared for jobs. These tools include shoes, nicely done hair, specific outfits and communication device, to enable you apply and be prepared to do the job.
You can get Emerald Green Ushering Services’ free guide where these work kits were listed and explained.
6. Do a good job when you’re hired:
“He that cannot be faithful to little cannot be entrusted with many” says the Bible.
When you get ushering jobs, how do you carry out your duties?
Do you represent the agency positively or you make their clients complain about your services?
Do you arrive early at the event venue at the right time you were told to?
Do you smile and look happy doing your job?
Do you actually know how to do your job effectively and efficiently?
All these are the determinants to whether an ushering agency would keep calling you for jobs or not. If you get the above right, you would not only be the first person they call for jobs, they would also recommend you to their colleagues when the need arises.
If you’re not well informed about your duties as a professional event hostess, sign up for Emerald Green Ushering Services free whatsapp training where they teach hostesses what and how to carry out ushering job duties effectively and efficiently.
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