Trade Organizations and Networking Groups

by Bethany Williams

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Every occupation or field has a trade organization or networking group. Many have several. These provide growth opportunities. You are provided the opportunity to develop relationships, learn about other companies, discover job opportunities, and learn new developments in the field.

If you are not a part of your trade organization or networking group, you should be. With the pressures of the economy, these are the first expenses that we have cut. Don't give up on it so soon. These organizations are developed to aid you in your career path, and unless you want to be stagnant, it is highly recommended that you stay involved and attached.

Here are a few examples:

  • Sales and Marketing Executives International: http://www.smei.org/

  • American College of Healthcare Executives: http://www.ache.org/

  • National Speakers Association: http://www.nsaspeaker.org/

  • Oncology Nursing Society: http://www.ons.org/

  • Society for Information Management: http://www.simnet.org/

  • Health Information and Management Systems Society: http://www.himss.org/

  • Film Society of Lincoln Center: http://www.filmlinc.com/

And the lists could go on and on and on. There are numerous societies and networking groups that can get you closer to your career goals and your next job. Make it a goal to discover which one you should be a part of.

Bethany Williams is an expert in business development, personal branding, and healthcare operations. She has held high level positions at a big four accounting firm, Perot Systems Corporation, GE Healthcare, and IDX Systems Corporation. Williams shares her stories and helpful tips on career success in her book, Winning Strategies for Women, and a popular motivational blog. She volunteers as a life coach and mentor for employees around the globe through her website and personal one-to-one visits. She currently works as an executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and speaks on branding, career planning, and women in business. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Michael, and her three children. You can find her on the web at www.bethanywilliams.org.

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