Five Reasons to Join an Association

Are you thinking of joining a professional association or making better use of your existing membership? If so, you’re not alone. There are over 90,000 trade, industry, and professional associations in the US with millions of members. These members find many benefits in joining and participating in professional associations. Here are five of the most powerful.

  1. Competitive advantage. Professional associations offer their members opportunities for visibility, networking, connection, and education. When you join and are an active participant, it shows you’re invested in your career. This can speak volumes when you’re looking to advance or add value for your current employer.
  • Continuing education. Whether you need to earn certification (or recertification) credits or are looking to expand your skills and experience, an association membership can make it easier. An association can give you access to on-demand education content which fits into your schedule, like what you’ll find in DallasHR’s Online Learning Center. Or you can find live education events (either virtual or in-person) which can help you broaden your professional network and your horizons.
  • Opportunities for mentoring. Mentorship can be the secret sauce to help you advance your career, but nearly half of all professionals never have the opportunity to be a mentee or serve as a mentor. Serving as a mentor can help you build confidence and sharpen your leadership skills. DallasHR’s Mentor Match program connects members who wish to serve as mentors for students, young HR professionals and new members.
  • Network building. Of course, you’ve heard the saying: “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Through educational events, networking opportunities, and our exclusive members-only platform HRConnect, DallasHR delivers one of the greatest benefits professional associations have to offer: networking. Our members expand knowledge, seek new opportunities, hire, and discuss their passion for the HR profession in connection with each other.
  • Management and growth opportunities. Career growth isn’t just found in the office. It’s also found in challenges which can expand your professional limits. These opportunities can be found sitting on a board, serving on a committee, volunteering at an event, or being a subject-matter expert in a professional educational event. Many of our members find them through DallasHR events or in conjunction with The HRSouthwest Conference.

The new year is often a time when we’re most inclined to advance or improve ourselves. Membership in a professional association can be a powerful way to do so.

DallasHR is the third largest SHRM affiliate chapter in the nation. With more than 2,300 engaged HR professionals, the Chapter has been Advancing the Value of HR since 1939 through cutting-edge education, fun networking events and opportunities to share best practices with others in the field of HR. The Chapter powers The HRSouthwest Conference, one of the largest regional HR events in the U.S. hosting more than 2,400 attendees in Fort Worth annually. DallasHR events are held in both Dallas and Collin Counties. Visit us at dallashr.org to join or hrsouthwest.com to register and follow us at #DALLASHR, #HRSWC.