One of the biggest challenges in the world is unemployment. Unemployment is caused by a number of things but the biggest factor is a lack of communication between aspiring employees and employers. This gap between the two is bridged by association. Professional associations are beneficial both to the job seekers and employers not only because they ease communication but also because of a number of things as discussed below.
Collecting credentials. By joining a professional organization, one is able to build their credibility. Just by being a member, you have shown commitment to your profession. By being involved and competitive you are showing your current, for those that are already employed, and future employers that you have leadership skills. When participating in and winning the association’s awards and honors, you make your resume stand out while at the same time exposing yourself to interested parties. Some organization might have a code of ethics or work within philosophies that will boost your credentials. One such association is the American Institute of Architects. For someone to join the AIA, you need to uphold certain values, as required by association and can be held accountable, according to Robert Ivy.
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Assistance in job hunting. In the society that we live in, you need to know someone who knows someone who knows another for you to be abreast with job opportunities. What better place to create a build a network of like-minded professionals that might result in job opportunities, than in professional associations.
Learning industry interests. In most organizations, there is a priority given to political lobbying, though some industries might develop wings that are designed to sway the policymakers to make decisions that favor the company at large. Robert Ivy, the CEO and executive vice president of American Institute of Architects, understands the influence an association can have in creating, changing and removing policies that are not suitable for their business.
Robert Ivy has received a number of awards and honors over the years with his first being back in 1998 when he won the McGraw-Hill award for management excellence. As a professional architect, Robert Ivy is also amongst the only seven members to be named given the title “Master Architect” by the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity.
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