Activate Your Job Search: Associate with Associations.

job searchA great way to activate your job search is to join a professional association related to your field. Associations are an excellent place for networking, job leads, vendor discounts and career development trainings. Some associations even offer health benefits, life insurance and credit union memberships. It is a perfect one stop shop for your career activation.

Take for example a membership in the Northern California Human Resources Associations ( They have a great career center where members can post their resume, search current openings and see a complete list of HR certification and degree programs. Thinking about going back to school? One graduate program offers a 30% discount on tuition for NCHRA members. The membership application is a simple one page form and the dues are only $150 per year.

Today, many associations offer conferences, webinars and other educational opportunities to earn CEU’s and certifications. Often these trainings are free or discounted to members. Association credentials and certifications will help your resume stand out and keep you up to date on the latest trends, technologies and advances in your field.

The Encyclopedia of Associations is a comprehensive source of detailed information on over 150,000 nonprofit membership organizations worldwide and can be found at your local public library. Some libraries offer an online version that makes searching for a relevant association quick and easy.

A Google search will also provide great leads. If you search for “association of administrative assistants”, one of the results would be the International Association for Administrative Professionals ( You do not even need to be a member to search the job board! It is totally accessible by anyone who visits their website and you can set up an alert to receive emails for positions that meet your specific criteria.

Many of the national associations have local chapters in your community. Stop by for a  meeting or event to find out if it is a good fit for you and your career dreams.

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A big dreamer as well as a big do-er, Madelyn draws on her experience of successfully navigating three high-profile careers to provide the expert advice, encouragement, and step-by-step action plans you need to activate your career dreams.

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