When you work in a specialized industry there are many benefits to joining a local professional organization. Staying connected with other individuals in your field can be a great way to establish positive and productive professional connections, learn about what’s happening locally in your industry, access technological tools and resources, and find new work and educational opportunities.
Help Clients Find You
Joining a professional organization can help you to grow the volume of your incoming business. Frequently, prospective clients will look at a professional organization or a third-party directory to find a professional service provider. For example, individuals who are looking for a realtor to sell a home may be likely to choose from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), or individuals who are looking a for a CPA to help with taxes may be likely to choose from the United CPA Association (ucpaa).
Finding the Right Type of Organization
Typically, the best way to learn about the right organization for your profession is through your employer or your school. It’s common that professional organizations work with aspiring professionals, sometimes while they’re still in the process of getting their education. Generally, however, you have to be credentialled to be formally admitted to an association. They often offer programs and events for people who are new to their profession.