Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Join a Professional Organization

If you haven't yet joined a professional organization relevant to your field you're missing out on a great opportunity to strengthen your career.

There are a number of advantages to joining a professional organization and we'll consider four reasons you should join one today.

Great networking opportunities. Professional organizations often host regular events that provide the chance to meet new people, talk to leaders in your field, and learn from others in your area. These events, including annual conferences, provide an excellent resource to expand your network.

A way to showcase your skills. Organizations are always looking for qualified people to provide training, speak at events and conferences, or host a webinar. By showcasing your knowledge and skills you set yourself up as an expert in the field and make it more likely other opportunities, including possible job offers, will come your way.

Increase your knowledge. The conferences, webinars, and publications sponsored by professional organizations all offer you the chance to stay on top of the latest in your field, increasing knowledge of your career, and making it more likely that you'll continue to have a variety of offers come your way. These learning opportunities are often available at more reasonable costs for members, too, so you can save money on your personal and professional development.

Gain official certifications. Some professional organizations offer their members a chance to take classes or training to earn specific certifications in their field, such as becoming certified in substance abuse treatment, product management, or medical billing, and these certifications can be a path to a better job or increased pay.

These are just some of the advantages to joining a professional organization. If you're unfamiliar with an organization in your field do a quick search online. You'll likely find one or two relevant groups that can offer the advantages described above, along with many other benefits.

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