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How to leverage professional memberships when looking for a new job

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  • If you are serious about building a resume based on volunteer work, you will need to develop a portfolio that documents your service and supports that you have the skills and experience needed for the job you are seeking.  Like letters of reference from previous employers, you should request a documentation of service statement from your volunteer or service “employer”.  It should  contain a  position description:  including title, duties and responsibilities, skills utilized,  dates of service, number of hours contributed, and  training received.    The letter may also contain a brief evaluation of your performance and overall contribution to the organization.
  • Writing accomplishments using the P-A-R formula will be very valuable in your reemployment quest. Because PARs make it easy to describe your accomplishments, you will be able to weave your accomplishments into interviews and discussions gracefully and naturally. You will find yourself using some of these statements in your résumé or bio as part of a "personal portfolio."   For example, as your interviewers talk about their business problems, you can respond, "That reminds me of how we tackled a similar problem at Amalgamated"; then you give them P + A + R.

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  • 1. Leveraging Your Memberships: Making Your Professional Association Dues Pay Off Presented by Cyndi McCabe and Chris Wenz
  • 2. LEVERAGING NON-PAID EXPERIENCE
    • “ Volunteering allows you to test drive a new career choice and pick up substantial skills (and their all-important Key Words) that you can ride to a new resume and talking points that you can use to hammer home your benefits in job interviews .”
    • Resumes for Dummies
  • 3. TAKE A PROFESSIONAL TEMPERATURE READING
    • Are 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 YOU ACHIEVE YOUR SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM PROFESSIONAL GOALS?
  • 4. REASONS TO JOIN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
    • Networking opportunities
    • Specialized training
    • Certifications
    • Contributing to profession
    • Mentoring /mentee opportunities
    • References
  • 5. 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
  • 6. HOW TO BUILD SKILLS
    • Identify core competencies required for:
    • Current job
    • Targeted position or field
  • 7. IDENTIFY SKILLS TO DEVELOP OR 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
  • 8. IDENTIFY TRAITS TO DEVELOP OR ENHANCE
    • Flexible Creative
    • Dependable Motivated
    • Analytical Resourceful
    • Insightful Collaborative
    • Self-Directed Assertive
  • 9. 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
  • 10. DOCUMENT ACHIEVEMENTS
    • Create a Portfolio:
    • Certificates
    • Letters of appreciation
    • Calendars
    • Newsletters /Blogs
    • Programs / Projects
    • Newspaper articles
    • Website screen shots
  • 11. INCLUDE ASSOCIATION ACHIEVEMENTS IN RESUME
    • Create accomplishment statement “bullet points”:
    • State actions
    • Use action verb or verbs
    • State results
    • Quantify results
    • One or two sentences in length
  • 12. ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • Increased participation: # or %
    • Improved revenue: $ or %
    • Took the initiative to solve a problem
    • Reduced costs: $ or %
    • Created a new program, system,
    • service, procedure, plan
    • Initiated, devised and carried through a
    • complex project
    • Successfully handled an emergency
    • situation or crisis
    • Received an award or commendation
  • 13. Building An Accomplishment Statement
    • O = Obstacle, opportunity, objective you faced, problem you identified, performance objective
    • A = Action, approach you took
    • R = Results you obtained; quantify
    • Document in 1-2 sentences, stating
    • action and results. Use action
    • verbs.
  • 14. Building An Accomplishment Statement O National organization offers membership rebates 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 developing and implementing membership database.
  • 15. SAMPLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LINKED TO 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.
  • 16. SAMPLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LINKED TO 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.
  • 17. HIGHLIGHT ASSOCIATION EXPERIENCE IN 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.
  • 18. 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/
  • 19. YOU CAN DO THIS!