Is it important to join a professional association?

Yes, it is very important in some industries. Joining a professional association shows customers that you are committed to your profession.
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Updated on August 27, 2015


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Answer: Networking with businesses at both local and national levels is crucial. That's why I engage in various local business groups and online platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn to foster meaningful connections.
Systmyz, LLC
Answer: Yes, in industries that demand up to date training, accreditation, and directory listings.
Red2Black Profits
Answer: Absolutely without question. Joining a professional association. Here are 10 reasons to join a professional association. 1. Broaden your knowledge: Professional organizations sometimes offer courses, seminars and/or lectures to assist members be informed on the latest industry innovations, research and trends. Staying informed on your industry’s trends will only help you stay one step ahead of the competition! 2. Take charge of your career: Take advantage of career resources. Associations often have job listings online or in print available only to members. This is an excellent way to find targeted job for your area of interest. 3. Develop a strong resume: Many organizations have career resources available such as tips on effective resumes or cover letter writing. Listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to current or future employers as it shows that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession. 4. Develop a leading-edge network: Networking is key for the movers and shakers of the community and industry! Making connections is critical, and joining associations give countless opportunities to connect on a local and sometimes even global level. Creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are positioning yourself as a leader with the ability to support and help one another in reaching your respective professional goals. 5. Be a Leader: Professional associations give you an opportunity to develop your skills as a leader, and this is important not only for your personal growth but for your growth in your company and industry. 6. Become a mentor: Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards sponsored by an association is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you.
Genesis Consultants, Inc.
Answer: Membership in Professional Associations can be a mixed bag. Memberships in organizations that offer opportunities for professional advice and coaching from peers and SMEs on industry standards and best practices can be highly valuable.
Convergent Sales Strategies, Inc. (CSSI)
Answer: My small business is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC), and my team of passionate writers cover just about any industry and position you can imagine! :)
Evolution Coaching, LLC
Answer: Yes, for two reasons. One, is to further professional networking affiliations, and two, is to continue with training or additional certifications.
VIP Innovations, LLC
Answer: Always!
Freedom Sales Coaching
Answer: Yes, I believe so. I am a member of several organizations personally and they all play a role in helping me to better serve my existing clients as well as gain new clients from networking events and word of mouth. By being a member of these organizations, you are also viewed as having higher levels of experience and expertise.
Dr. Dustin T. Friend
Answer: Yes, for the community exposure.
Telefriend Consulting LLC
Answer: Yes, it is essential not only for networking purposes but to benchmark and remain at the vanguard of market trends and industry best practices.
Avant-Garde Group
Answer: Professional associations are one of the most overlooked opportunities for small businesses. Joining the right associations can help you learn more about your industry, meet key industry experts, and participate in the advancement of your industry.
Contracting Coach
Answer: ALWAYS
GROWTH by Roth Sales Enhancers
Answer: yes, because you always learn new things all the time and they often offer free seminars or webinars
Career Performancce Institute
Answer: Yes it provides 1. Internship and job opportunities. 2. Opportunities to attend Conferences. 3. yYou receive current Updates on policies, and strategies.
Occupation Works LLC.
Answer: Yes it helps you learn, network, and build your presence.
BeBe's Beauty (Jeunesse Global)
Answer: It is important to join professional association in order to enhance your network and connect with like minded people.
Strategic HR Development
Answer: Not always it depends on the companies goals and where they are looking to go as a company.
Marketing With Courtney
Answer: Yes, you can build connections and community that help in every aspect of running your business and improving your life in general.
Professional Business Coaches, Inc
Answer: Yes
GI Apprentice
Answer: I think so but be sure to search out the most established and reputable organization within your field.
El Lodge Taos
Answer: No it is not. Coaching does not require that you have to have a degree, certificate, be a member of an association to be great at what you do. Coaching is personal and this is what I bring to the table, it's about the client and overcoming their obstacles to get where they are from now to where they want to be.
Team Building US
Answer: Yes
The Growth Coach of Plainfield & Naperville
Answer: Yes
Spring Action Forensic Examinations Inc.
Answer: Yes, for networking purposes, to stay abreast of new trends in business and meet associates and competitors.
The Life Architect
Answer: Yes, for long term contacts.
James Hobart Marketing
Answer: Professional organizations provide networking opportunities with individuals in your field. In some cases they promote standards and processes that help protect the consumer.
Headway Strategies Consulting, LLC
Answer: Yes.
C & D benefits llc
Answer: No
Social Pro Revolution
Answer: Yes
Excel HR Consulting
Answer: Yes. It helps
The Business Scan Magazine
Answer: Yes
Dartanian Sanders
Answer: Yes. There is no end nor top to what can be learned.
B9D, Inc.
Answer: Only if it adds to your professional assets
DeVore Mgt. Consulting