Survey: Trade Group Work Helps in Promotions

May 4, 2005 ( - Want to advance in your career? Get involved in an industry or trade association.

That was the finding of a new survey by Accountemps, a temporary staffing company for financial firms.

The national poll of 150 senior executives from HR, Finance, and Marketing departments found that 86% of hiring managers cited professional association involvement as a factor in helping a worker advance through the organization, according to an Accountemps news release. Some 13% said it wouldn’t help much and 1% said it wouldn’t help at all, according to the news release.

“Companies value employees who proactively seek opportunities to develop their skills and expertise,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps; “Participation in professional associations is an effective way to learn of new industry developments and network with others in the field.”

In fact, Messmer suggested that employers should encourage their staff to take advantage of educational and certification opportunities offered by industry organizations. “Allow staff to take the time to truly get involved and reap the benefits of becoming active members,” he said. These groups typically sponsor conferences, seminars and professional development courses.”