Participating in Professional Associations

Employers value accounting professionals who not only have the technical expertise required for their positions but also exhibit a commitment to their profession. Eighty-six percent of hiring managers polled in a Robert Half International survey cited involvement in industry associations, such as the AICPA and state CPA societies, as beneficial to an employee’s career.

Businesses seek staff who proactively look for opportunities to enhance their skills and expertise. Participation in professional organizations is an effective way to learn of new industry developments, network with others in the field and earn continuing education credits.

Take an active role in the group by volunteering for committees, writing articles for association publications and delivering presentations. These activities will enable you to strengthen your management techniques, interpersonal communication and business acumen, and demonstrate your leadership abilities, initiative and industry expertise. You also will have the opportunity to branch out beyond your comfort zone and take on new challenges, which can help you further expand your skill set. For example, if you’re trying to become a better public speaker, you could offer to give a presentation at an upcoming meeting.