Last night, I went to a networking event hosted by NJ MarCom, a community of professionals in communications, marketing, advertising, creative and related fields within New Jersey. I was not only there to represent the organization I’m currently in (AWCNJ is a partner organization), but to also expand my network, promote my design and communications business, and see what other organizations that I would like to join.
Being a member of a professional organization is more than just networking and happy hour (even though they are always fun!). You get to learn from other professionals on how they become successful in their own careers, view any job opportunities that are out there, promote your business, and take part in any educational events that can help you grow and develop your skills.
Plus, organizations are always looking for volunteers interested in various roles such as event planning, marketing, communications, graphic design, membership, recruiting, and technology (i.e. web content management, social media). Volunteering can also lead to serving as a board member such as President or Vice President. Either way, having one of these fancy titles looks good on your resume, don’t you think?
So which organization is right for you? Here are some that you should look into (some of the organizations shown here originated from NJ).
- Art Directors Club
- American Marketing Association
- Association for Women in Communications
- American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
- NJ Creatives Network
- International Association of Business Communicators
- Freelancers Union
- Media Communications Association International – This organization is more towards audio, video, multimedia and production.
- Business Marketing Association
- NJ Ad Club