If you've ever thought that joining a professional association would not help increase your chances of finding a job, consider this: a whopping 79 percent of 1,300 hiring managers and executive recruiters nationwide believe that "applicants who belong to professional organizations are higher-quality candidates. Those who belong to such groups tend to have more experience and education."
That's the finding of a recent study by the American Marketing Association, based in Chicago. And the membership of the marketing association itself encourages the supposition that such networks attract top performers.
Eighty-five percent of the organization's 40,000 members worldwide have at least five years of experience and 59 percent have a graduate degree, according to Lynette Rowlands, the association's interactive marketing manager.
Source: Twin cities