Professional Organizations Ė Price VS Value
If you run a business or are an independent contractors, freelancer,
or wannabe in particular fields, one of the best ways of connecting
is to join a professional organization dedicated to that area of
interest. Pictured above is a recognition ceremony at a professional
organizationís annual conference. While each company or individual
must weigh the value of fees for being a member of such groups
versus value, attend a meeting or event as a guest to see if it may
serve your interests.
RECOGNITION: Professional organization offer members recognition for
exceptional products, services, skills, and ideas through contests,
licensing and other programs.
JOB HUNTING, LEAD GATHERING: Some organizations such as local
advertising and public relations clubs help those seeking jobs to
ask around among members in an effort to get leads for new clients
or learn about companies that are hiring. Sure, you can go to their
websites to see if any jobs are posted, but many jobs are actually
obtained through old-fashioned word of mouth.
EDUCATION: When youíre working with limited resources, itís
especially easy to miss out on the newest products and trends or
ways of doing things in your field. A professional organization is
constantly being contacted by vendors and suppliers of products of
interest to its members and can save you lots of time in searching
on your own. Professional organizations also host workshops and
special seminars to teach members or enhance their skills.
RELAXATION: Thereís nothing like find an entire room of like-minded
individuals who speak your language and actually love what you do.
Professional organizations provide that venue and opportunity for
you to find a home and be understood. You come out of the gathering,
conference or meeting feeling happy and energized.
Debbie Stock has been hired by professional organizations in
telecommunications, energy, medical, travel & transportation to
provide photographic and news reporting coverage of their 3 day
conferences and special events.