One of the key factors that makes you stand out from other applicants and employees is your ability to network with others and bring relevant contributions to and from industry groups.
It has become easier over the last few years to be an active member of several different membership groups virtually. No longer does time, distance, or mobility hinder your efforts to become an active part of civic, professional, or volunteer groups.
On LinkedIn, I am a member of several regional, national, and international groups that allow me to bounce ideas, share news, or get information on upcoming events. These groups do not require a membership fee and connect you with people from all walks of life.
The traditional membership also still has its place; whether you join a local Chamber of Commerce, SHRM chapter, or other industry group, ensuring that you keep the dialogue going is critical to make these groups worth your time.
What groups do you belong to? How effective are they for your business and personal needs and wants?