The American Society of Association Executives reported that the US had over 92,000 trade and professional associations in 2010. Professional associations recruit individual workers and trade associations make companies members. Professional societies have educational programs, networking chances, and credibility building opportunities. Associations have a lot of available data and tools for their members. The resources they provide help people who are just starting their careers and trying to do something original. Find out more about Robert Ivy at discoverorg.com
Professional associations host annual conferences with hundreds or thousands of workers. This is a great chance for members to make informal connections. The associations also have committees, regional receptions, volunteer events, and young professional networks. It is more beneficial to have a conversation with people who have similar problems. Networking may lead to various job opportunities. Professional society memberships give people access to job fairs, online job boards, and staff members at career centers.
Trade associations sometimes try to convince policymakers to make decisions that are beneficial for their members. Robert Ivy is the American Institute of Architects’ executive vice president and CEO. He and his institute affected the tax legislation through their advocacy organization.
Membership can provide credibility in some professional organizations. Being a committee member can prove you have leadership qualities and winning society awards can boost your resume. Some organizations have codes of ethics. Robert Ivy said the architects in his society must have certain values to become a member. You should put your association affiliations on your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Ask trusted colleagues which association would be right for you. Some workers benefit from joining different associations that focus on their different specialties. Annual membership dues cost from $50 to almost $1000. Robert Ivy said his architect institute has higher fees for more active chapters. Some employers will cover the fees, but others require the workers to pay.
Robert Ivy has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s of Architecture. He became Architectural Record’s Editor in Chief in 1996. He later became McGraw-Hill Constriction Media’s Vice President and Editorial Director. He helped choose Frank Gehry as the designer for the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He was given the Crain Award in 2009. He was named “Master Architect” by the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi in 2010. He has been the only recipient of this honor in the 21st century.