Given all of the responsibilities you juggle at work each day, adding one more thing to the list might sound like a burden. But what if that one thing could make everything else easier?
I’m talking about joining the Canadian Customer Service Association. A CCSA membership is more valuable than you may know. If you take advantage of all the CCSA has to offer, your membership will pay off in every aspect of your career and help you reach your professional goals.
Whether you are interested in strengthening your network, furthering your CS career or maybe just in need of a few more friends, CCSA can be a great option for you. In addition to providing information about your chosen field, CCSA can enhance your personal and professional development and provide endless networking opportunities.
Here are the top 10 reasons for joining a professional association.
Visibility within the Industry. There’s no better way to get noticed professionally than by participating in an industry association. Volunteer your time to the association’s committees, attend as many events as possible and engage with others via the association’s online community. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can raise your profile simply by getting involved.
A Unified Voice. There’s a lot of truth behind the saying “strength comes in numbers”. If you want to create change within your industry, you’re far more likely to succeed if you have a group of passionate peers alongside you. Join an association with a mission and values that are similar to yours and you’re sure to find others who will stand up to the issues that are important to you.
Enhance Your Network. What would you give to be part of a community made up of the leaders within your industry? We all know that networking is key for the movers and shakers of the community! Making connections is critical, and joining an association will give you countless opportunities to connect on a local and sometimes even global level. For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals.
Professional Development. Broaden your knowledge by keeping 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 will put you one step ahead of the competition! Associations provide a wealth of knowledge and educational opportunities to help your business and career flourish. Between all the conferences, events, webinars and certification programs offered, your opportunities for continuous learning are endless.
Special Access to Industry Events. One of the perks of association membership is the privileged access you’ll have at industry events. Many associations offer member-only discounts on event registration or VIP treatment at conferences, such as being first-in-line at a speed-networking event.
Competitive Advantage. Capitalizing on association resources can give you a leg up on your competition. Consider all of the valuable opportunities you’ll gain through association membership. Anyone who’s not a member may be falling a step behind.
Credibility. An association is often the face and voice of an industry. Because of that, all of its members are viewed as credible organizations that are important to the industry as a whole. Become a member of your industry’s most critical associations if you want to be viewed as a leader in the industry. Listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to current or future employers as it shows that you are dedicated to staying connected in your profession.
Take charge of your career: Take advantage of career resources. 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.
Access to One-of-a-Kind Insights. When you’re part of an association, you’re part of an exclusive group that has access to valuable industry information efficiently and affordably. You’ll find yourself turning to your association’s e-newsletter, white papers, social networks and events to help you develop actionable ideas and profitable strategies.
A Way to Give Back. Industry associations do more than help their members. Typically they spearhead initiatives that support the future of the industry as well. Find out what an organization does to give back and ask how you can get involved.
These are just a few of the incentives for CCSA membership. But remember – your experience is what you make of it. Joining is the first step toward fulfilling your professional goals. The association will hand you the tools for success, but it’s up to you to put them to use.
Stay Inspired and Stay Motivated: Join the Canadian Customer Service Association and discover something new TODAY!