Are You a Joiner?
Professional societies can play an important role in your job search
One can make a very strong case for networking sitting atop the job search mountain. Successfully scale that terrain and surely your job seeking will be fruitful.
Many job search experts also state that a valuable nugget buried inside of that job search mountain is participating in professional societies. Regardless of your industry or line of work, there is a good chance that there is a professional society that addresses your needs.
Meetings of professional societies are great opportunities to meet others in your field.
Yeah, yeah. We know. No one is having meetings now.
Or, are they? Many societies have done what everyone else is doing they’re taking their programs online. Granted, these virtual meetings do lack that up close and personal touch you find in live events. But you still have opportunities to make contacts. You just have to work it a little harder. If you encounter someone from XYZ Company at one these online meetings and XYZ is one of your target companies, you can capture the name and reach out the next day via LinkedIn. Voila! A new contact.
Of course the other good news is that most of these online offerings are free. And you don’t have to get dressed up and drive there. And you can’t still “attend” if you’re 100 miles away.
Another optimistic note is that as things start to loosen up, many societies will be looking toward in-person events – a gold mine for any job seeker.
Of course your society may have a chapter in your vicinity. If you’re interested in finding out, there is a website – www.jobstars.com – which lists a vast number of professional societies sorted by industry or job type. Yours should be easy to find. And you can see if that society has a chapter in your area.
It might be worth a look.