How a Professional Association can work for you.

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Professional Development | 4 comments

Joining a Professional Association is a great way to network, stay on top of trends in your field, build leadership skills, participate in on-going training, gain expertise and obtain professional certifications.

Membership to a local Professional Organization is a one-stop shop for professional development and career success. Most Professional Association Chapters have meetings once-a-month with the opportunity to network, attend an educational program with certification points, and participate in association business. Membership also usually includes subscription to online content and webinars, and periodical publications.

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I am a grateful member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

As a member of IAAP and SHRM I have been welcomed and supported in my career by open, friendly and successful professionals. Networking is a breeze at every IAAP and SHRM function, and I’ve built great professional relationships at association meetings.

I’ve also had the opportunity to obtain affordable world-class training through monthly programs, annual meetings and conferences. Programs have included resume writing, social media, generations in the workplace, diversity and much more. Training opportunities have included Microsoft Office skills for advanced users, computer security, legal concerns and more.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to go to my first Professional Association meeting. The atmosphere couldn’t have been more inviting and fun, and the benefits are vast.

Getting involved in your professional development will boost your confidence, opportunity and experience. Joining a Professional Organization is just one way to be active in your career success. However you get involved- just do it!

I’m active in International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and Society for Human Resource Management, and you can find many more Professional Associations here.

What Professional Organizations are you a member of? Have you had positive or negative experiences with Professional Associations? Share them here!

4 Comments

  1. I completely agree, Chrysta. I am very involved in my paralegal association serving as both newsletter editor and publicity chair. It’s been such a wonderful way to get to know fellow paralegals as well as others in the legal field.

    • Thanks for your comment, Satyra! I can’t believe the many benefits I’ve enjoyed from professional associations. It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to network, gain knowledge and develop my career. I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the benefits, too!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. What a powerful tip, Chrysta! I had never considered this, but I can see how connecting with these organizations provide instant access to professionals with similar interests and background! What a powerful way to network. =) I’m going to make a commitment to search for professional organizations in my fields! =) Thanks so much for this tip!

    • I can’t believe what a wealth of professional tools I was missing out on for all the years before I joined a Professional Association. It has consistently been a positive experience for me and I’m grateful a good friend of mine turned me on to IAAP.

      Thanks for your comment!

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