How to Squeeze Even More Value From Your CPC Membership
Do you want to take full advantage of the resources, tools, and tips that are available with your CPC membership, but can’t quite figure out where to start? Here’s what I did to squeeze even more value from my CPC membership.
CPC used to host orientation calls for new members. This later became CPC’s “Welcome Wagon.” On one of those early calls, I volunteered to be part of the Communications Team.
I Shared My 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.
I Encouraged Innovation
We enjoyed some success with the Welcome Wagon calls, but I really wanted something that would bring members together on a regular basis. I wanted to learn from the experts in the business, and 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 and 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 and I’d like to offer you some advice for getting the most value out of your investment in a CPC membership.
My Tips on How to Squeeze Even More Value from Your CPC Membership
1) Get yourself nominated for an award.
Don’t be shy. The CPC Awards of Excellence were created to recognize the exceptional work of career professionals just like you!
2) Write an article for the CPC News Feed.
Share your best practices, lessons learned, or tell us your career story.
3) Lead a tele-networking session.
Show off your expertise to a very supportive and engaged community of careerpros.
4) Suit up!
5) Get connected locally.
6) Polish off your member directory profile.
Get noticed by job seekers looking for a career professional with your unique set of skills.
7) Follow CPC’s social media feeds.
8) Keep up-to-date with the latest news and events.
Subscribe to the weekly Career Connections eNewsletter.
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 of benefits here and make sure you take advantage of as many as you can!
Maureen McCann is a fierce advocate of career development, committed to preparing Canadians for the future of work. Founder of Promotion Career Solutions, she is one of Canada’s top executive résumé writers with 15-plus years’ experience teaching, mentoring, and facilitating career development. She is a senior board advisor to Career Professionals of Canada and an active member of both the Canadian Council for Career Development Outreach & Advocacy committee and the Canadian Career Development Foundation’s National Stakeholder Committee.