Guilty by Association

Guilty-By-Association-Fitted-HatProfessional Associations and organizations are a great source of passive candidates.  These groups focus on an industry or a discipline, and allow people with similar interests to network together.  The group’s focus can be technical or functional (G&A).  The larger ones have local chapters throughout the nation.

Functional (G&A) Examples:

  • AAA (American Accounting Association) – For Accountants, Finance Specialists, Controllers, etc.
  • AMA (American Marketing Association) – Dedicated to serving the educational and professional needs of marketing executives
  • CSCMP (Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals) – Worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management
  • SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) – Largest organization for HR professionals including HR Generalists, HR Managers, HR Diversity, HR Business Partners, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Relations, and University Relations

Technical Examples:

  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) – Known for Mechanical Engineering, but also collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, standards, and certifications
  • IACSIT (International Association of Computer Science and information) – For Computer Science and Information Technology
  • INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) – Dedicating to the advancement of systems engineering
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) – The largest engineering association in the world with a focus in Electrical and IT/Systems Engineering Continue reading