How to Squeeze Even More Value From Your CPC Membership
By Maureen McCann.
Have you ever wondered how to make better use of the tools and resources CPC membership provides? Do you want to take full advantage of the resources, tools, and tips that are available but can’t quite figure out where to start? Here’s what I did.
CPC used to host orientation calls for new members. On one of those calls, I volunteered to be part of a communications team.
Share Your Ideas
A few phone calls later I was sharing ideas with Sharon Graham, CPC’s Executive Director.
“What about a Welcome Wagon call for new members?”, I suggested.
We enjoyed some success with the Welcome Wagon calls, but I really wanted something that would bring members together regularly. I wanted to learn from the experts in the business, so I suggested a monthly call where practitioners could share best practices. That was back in September of 2007; you know it now as the monthly CPC tele-networking session.
It wasn’t long before the CPC Awards of Excellence were calling for submissions. I went for it! That year I won Outstanding New Career Professional!
From there, my career began to take off. With the encouragement and support of the CPC community as well as my local Ottawa community, ProMotion Career Solutions was born. I remember the day I bought my business license in December of 2006. It was the scariest, most invigorating purchase I’d ever made.
That’s how it happened for me. So here are my tips on getting the most bang for your buck as a CPC member.
Get yourself nominated. Don’t be intimidated. The Awards of Excellence are for career professionals just like you!
Write a post. Share your best practices, lessons learned, or tell us your career story. (See what I did there?)
Lead a tele-networking session. Show off your expertise to a very supportive career community.
Listen. CPC hosted a virtual CAREERPRO Conference in 2016 during Canada Career Month. Here are five webinars from that event for your listening pleasure.
Get connected locally. Look up a career professional in your region and arrange to get together for coffee. No CPC members in your area? Connect virtually or consider hosting a meet-up through the Ambassador Team.
Polish off your member directory profile. Get noticed by job seekers looking for a career professional like you.
Follow CPC’s social media feeds.
CPC members and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to ensure your membership continues to bring you value. These are only a few quick and easy ways to maximize the benefit of your membership. See the full list here and make sure you take advantage of as many as you can!