By Julie Williams, VP, Professional Development
Being challenged, learning new skills and growing professionally is important to many of us. There are many ways to prioritize professional development, such as reading the hottest books on industry trends and attending events to meet colleagues and expand your network. One of the simplest commitments you can make to your professional development (or pro dev, for short) is to show the world you care by joining a professional development organization. Mac Prichard compiled a great list of local organizations in a recent blog post.
Mentioning that you’re an (insert sports team) fan on your Twitter profile says that this sport/team is important to you. Just so, there are many easy ways to show you’re invested in your future and your profession by listing your affiliation with an organization, such as the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter, in your various profiles and communication.
Here are 7 easy ways to showcase your “pro dev” commitment:
- Set up a profile (if you don’t have one already),
- Go to Edit your Profile and click on the pencil to Edit Headline, add “PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Member,” so that you show up if someone searches Linkedin, Google, Bing etc. for this term
- Go to Edit your Profile, Add an Organization and use “Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter Member” to show up in the linked list of members for our chapter
- In the Interests dropdown, go to Groups and search for “Portland PRSA Metro Chapter,” then request membership
- Click Edit Profile button and quick edit your summary to include “@PRSAPDXMetro Member” in your description
- Go to the About section in your Profile and click Edit in the Story section, include “PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Member” in your Tagline or Introduction, so that you may show up if someone searches Google etc. for this term
- Add an Affiliations, Organizations or Community Involvement section to your resume (if you don’t have one already)
- List your “Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter” membership, including how long you’ve been a member (tip: longevity with a single organization looks good) and if you have had any volunteer roles
- Create a signature for your work or personal emails (if you don’t have one already)
- List “PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Member” membership and any current volunteer roles, perhaps even linking to the site: http://www.prsa-portland.org/about-us/ since not everyone will know what that is (note: in the interest of space and signature brevity, it’s probably okay to skip proper AP Style reference of the full organization name)
- List your PRSA Portland Metro membership on your nametag at relevant professional networking events, such as our upcoming Annual Meeting from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. All Chapter members are invited and free registration includes drinks and heavy h’or d’heurves. Don’t miss your chance to reconnect with colleagues, meet and elect the 2014 Board and showcase your pro dev commitment with pride!
Learn about other ways to maximize your PRSA membership.