Whether you are interested in strengthening your network, furthering your career or maybe just in need of a few more friends, professional networking organizations can be a great resource for hospital or laboratory professionals. In addition to providing information about your chosen field, structured organizations can enhance your personal and professional development and provide endless networking opportunities. Below are the top five reasons for joining an industry or professional networking organization:
- Broaden your knowledge: Professional organizations sometimes offer courses, seminars, and/or lectures to engage and keep their members up-to-date on the latest industry innovations, research, and trends. Staying informed on your industry’s trends will only help you in the long run and put you one step ahead of the competition!
- Take charge of your career: Take advantage of career resources. Trade and industry associations often have job listings online or in print available only to their members. This is a great way to find targeted job postings for your area of interest.
- Build a better 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 connected to other professionals and industry trends.
- Enhance your network: We all know that networking is key! Making connections is critical, and joining associations give countless opportunities to connect on a local and sometimes even a national level. For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. This allows you the ability to receive support towards reaching professional goals.
- Strength in numbers: We live in a day and age where establishing a presence in any given career field often demands working long hours in the office and bringing work home when the doors close. At the end of the day, you may have ideas for cultivating partnerships yet not feel up to shouldering all the responsibility to organize them. In a community organization, you have access to an established support system of experienced people who are motivated to get things done.
I have personally benefited in all the ways listed above as member of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association. I have grown as a laboratory professional, gained leadership skills, and passed these along to emerging leaders that I mentor. Please consider joining a professional networking organization to help you reach your personal and professional goals.
Emily Adams, MT(ASCP)
Client Director of Outpatient Laboratory Services
Chi Solutions Inc.