Benefits to Joining a Young Professionals Organization in Your Town

January 23, 2018
If you are looking for an effective way to network in your community, a young professionals’ organization may be for you.  Here’s some reasons why:

Networking in person still matters.  Even if you are securely employed, the value of face-to-face contact in networking should not be overestimated. The Washington County YPO offers community service, social events, lunch and learns and other gatherings that provide a chance to make impressions live and in color.

Volunteering for a YPO also gives you a chance to demonstrate how well you interact with others. You can use your YPO colleagues to help hone your “elevator pitch” when meeting new people. In most professions, employers are looking for people who have strong interpersonal skills, and this is a great way to show it.

Corporate connections are important to every professional, whether you’re interested in non-profit management, government agency work or launching a high-tech startup.  Experts estimate that 60-80 percent of jobs are found through personal relationships. There is no better way to forge personal, local relationships than hanging out with young professionals from different industries. Share your goals and keep your eyes and ears open for new opportunities.

Participating in a young professionals’ group can be an impressive addition to your resume. It shows an interest in volunteerism and a willingness to take on leadership roles in your community.
You can make new friends!  Gone are the days when you can find your new bestie bonding over chemistry lab work. Whether you are in a new city or a simply new phase of your professional life, joining a networking group can connect you with a whole group of friends.

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