How a Professional Association Can Help You in Your Job Search

We have heard it said countless times that most jobs are found through networking, but an often overlooked place to network is at a professional association. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many of them have national, state and regional chapters available to join. Most people recognize that forming professional relationships with their peers is important, but joining a group of like-minded people builds strength and synergy, establishing trust and security. You open up yourself to additional contacts, who can offer critical advice as well as leads to job openings before they become public. A professional association is a conduit to inside information.

 

Membership in professional associations provides another advantage in addition to networking opportunities – they provide employment information and job leads. They offer career resources as a benefit to their members:

 

A professional association is also an excellent repository of industry information that is useful during a job search and critical for managing a career. Information can include case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts in the field or area of interest. With your membership, you are usually entitled to receive the association’s trade journal, newsletter or magazine that covers that specific field in depth, keeping you on top of trends that may be shaping the industry.

 

If you are not a member of any professional association, and want to take advantage of the job search benefits, a good place to start researching the ones that are best for you is a publication, Associations Unlimited that you may access through your public library. Other options areWeddle’s Guide to Associations and Internet Public Library: Associations on the Net. A sound job search strategy incorporates many different ways to find a job, and tapping into a professional association is an important component of a job search strategy.

 

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