Should You Join A Professional Organization? If so, which one? - Part 3
ASAP – American Society of Administrative Professionals
ASAP was established in 2005 by the producers of the Annual Administrative Professionals Conference and the Executive Assistants’ Summit in order to provide an online venue for administrative professionals to connect and educate themselves. They focus on providing online opportunities for professional development. They currently have more than 43,000 members world-wide.
ASAP gives members access to on-line professional development such as live and on-demand webinars, videos, and articles, and they publish a monthly newsletter, FastTrack. Many of their courses focus on office technology, project management skills, interpersonal communications, and career development. Membership is free, but some of their webinars and classes have a fee.
In addition to the mentioned resources, members have the opportunity to participate in the Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence (PACE). PACE is a program that allows members to earn credits toward a certificate by attending conferences, taking on-demand courses, viewing webinars, or attending company courses. Members are allowed to set their own courses and complete the certificate at their own speed.
One of my favorite features of ASAP is their Career Corner, which has many resources for job seekers. They provide a place for you to post your resume anonymously, view jobs, set up job alerts, and set up a jobseeker account. They then have a separate section for employers to view resumes and post jobs.
For more information about ASAP you can find them at www.asaporg.com. They can also be found on Facebook and LinkedIn.