Too many students put off joining a professional organization until after graduation. This article will discuss the benefits of joining a professional organization while still in school.
Joining a professional organization usually means that the member will receive a professional journal. Such journals have articles with valuable information about their professions. Students can impress their professors by referring to such information during class discussions. Not only can such informed discussion contributions mean better grades for these students, but also such contributions can impress professors and can lead to more enthusiastic references from these professors when job hunting begins. Professors not only know the employers where many jobs are open, but also professors can enthusiastically recommend these students for such jobs.
Networking is one of the best ways to search for jobs. While networking, recent graduates do not have much time to make good impressions. Mentioning a current professional issue and a professional journal stance on it is one way to make a good impression. Also, professional conferences present many good opportunities for job search networking.
Compared to those job candidates who are not members of professional organizations, those job candidates who are members of professional organizations will have an advantage when creating their resumes. A resume is more compelling if it has the job candidate’s professional organization listed. Upon seeing this professional organization listed, the person evaluating the resume knows that the job candidate will be a lifelong learner. Also, a resume created with a knowledge of current professional issues will be more likely to impress those who are reading and evaluating the resume.
During job interviews, candidates who are members of professional organizations will be more likely to understand and use buzz words that are prevalent in professional organizations. Those interviewing job candidates will know that such job candidates, without the need for extensive training, will be more likely to begin contributing quickly to their organizations’ missions.
Those who are leaving the military also would be wise to join a professional organization before they leave the military and begin applying for jobs in that profession. The professional journals will help these veterans to transition from their habitual use of military acronyms to the use of civilian acronyms appropriate for the professional jobs for which they are applying.
There are many factors in a job hunt over which the job seeker has no control. Professional affiliation is an important job hunt factor over which the job seeker has control. Not having joined a professional organization before graduation is counterproductive to a recent graduate’s job hunt.