Make Connections. By attending events and volunteering on committees, you are able to meet professionals in your industry who would otherwise be difficult to access.
Use the Job Board. Make some time each day to check out your professional association’s job board. The jobs posted will be specific to your industry and the job board is exclusive to members.
Use Industry Resources. Become familiar with the resources available on the professional association’s member site. You will be able to access newsletters, reports, and other publications that can help you conduct industry research and identify potential job leads.
Career Development Opportunities. Pay attention to the events and opportunities that are available through the professional association. By attending workshops and seminars, you are able to broaden your knowledge of your industry and stay on top of current trends. You may also be able to get a mentor who can support you as you progress in your career.
If you are strategic about it, your membership in a professional association can be an important asset to your job search. Keep your eyes open and be ready to try something new. Remember to list the professional association on your resume. Employers will be impressed to see that you have taken that extra step in learning about your industry.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)