Prof Assoc Memberships And Job Search 9 27 10 Final
Leveraging Your Memberships:Making Your Professional Association DuesPay OffPresented by Cyndi McCabe and Chris Wenz
LEVERAGING NON-PAID EXPERIENCE “Volunteering allows you to testdrive a new career choice andpick up substantial skills (andtheir all-important Key Words)that you can ride to a newresume and talking points thatyou can use to hammer homeyour benefits in job interviews.”Resumes for Dummies
TAKE A PROFESSIONAL TEMPERATURE READINGAre you seeking a new position? What level are you targeting?Are you interested in shifting careers?Are you targeting a promotion?Do you need to improve your job performance?Are you concerned about job security?HOW CAN YOUR MEMBERSHIP HELP YOUACHIEVE YOUR SHORT TERM AND LONGTERM PROFESSIONAL GOALS?
REASONS TO JOIN PROFESSIONALASSOCIATIONS Networking opportunities Specialized training Certifications Contributing to profession Mentoring /mentee opportunities References
GETTING STARTED: MAKING THE MOST OF ASSOCIATION MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES Do your homework Set goals Circulate and observe Prepare brief self-introduction Meet leadership, speaker, guests, exhibitors Retain file of old programs and membership directories Branch out – attend meetings of affiliate organizations
HOW TO BUILD SKILLSIdentify core competencies required for:Current jobTargeted position or field
IDENTIFY SKILLS TO DEVELOPOR ENHANCE Accounting Leading Programming Organization Writing Coaching Database Management Managing Budgeting Team Building Financial Analysis Project Management Presentations P&L Responsibility Training Strategic Planning Event Planning Customer Relations Marketing / Sales Analysis Meeting Management Negotiating Problem Solving Website Design / Hosting
SEEK STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES Chair or serve on a committee Become an officer Chair a special event Write for newsletter Develop and /or manage website Volunteer to speak at a meeting or provide a speaker Staff registration table/ serve as greeter
DOCUMENT ACHIEVEMENTSCreate a Portfolio: Certificates Letters of appreciation Calendars Newsletters /Blogs Programs / Projects Newspaper articles Website screen shots
INCLUDE ASSOCIATION ACHIEVEMENTS IN RESUMECreate accomplishment statement “bullet points”: State actions Use action verb or verbs State results Quantify results One or two sentences in length
ACCOMPLISHMENTSIncreased participation: # or %Improved revenue: $ or %Took the initiative to solve a problemReduced costs: $ or %Created a new program, system, service, procedure, planInitiated, devised and carried through a complex projectSuccessfully handled an emergency situation or crisisReceived an award or commendation
Building An AccomplishmentStatementO = Obstacle, opportunity, objective you faced, problem you identified, performance objectiveA = Action, approach you tookR = Results you obtained; quantify Document in 1-2 sentences, stating action and results. Use action verbs.
Building An AccomplishmentStatement National organization offers membership rebates O to local chapters. Accurate membership records were nonexistent for our chapter.A Consolidated all membership records into one user-friendly system & identified redundancies R Based on my system and its newly available information, we increased membership rebate from national organization by 20%.Increased membership rebate 20% by developingand implementing membership database.
SAMPLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LINKEDTO ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS Directed annual scholarship fundraiser, exceeding goal by 25%. Produced statewide conference for 300 professionals including coordination of workshops, keynote speakers, logistics, registration, meal functions, media relations, and awards.
SAMPLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LINKEDTO ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS Increased professional association membership 15% through targeting programming, community outreach, and incentives. Reduced professional association’s annual operating budget by 22% through corporate underwriting, in-kind contributions, and increased volunteerism.
HIGHLIGHT ASSOCIATION EXPERIENCEIN INTERVIEWS Review list of accomplishments and traits. Illustrate with specific examples. Use to respond to behavior- based questions. Reference as examples of community involvement and/or staying cutting edge in your field.
WHERE TO FIND ASSOCIATIONS from the American Society of Association Executives http://www.asaecenter.org/Directories/AssociationSearch.cfm WEDDLES association directory http://www.weddles.com/associations/ Associations on the Net from the Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/div/aon/browse/bus00.00.00/ Google’s Professional Association Directory http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Organizations/Professional/