With less than a month remaining until the presidential elections, everyone is talking about jobs and unemployment rates. The news is full of reports of people who have been out of work for more than a year and still can’t secure jobs. And, some of those people with jobs may be looking for greener pastures elsewhere but aren’t sure how to qualify for the job they really want.
That’s where education comes in. One of the best steps you can take to help you land a job or switch careers is to take courses in the field in which you are interested. Not only will this provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed in the position, but it will also demonstrate to hiring managers your commitment.
A perfect example of this is Vicki Moore-Cody, who will be featured in an upcoming article in NAA’s units magazine. Vicki had spent more than 30 years working as an office manager before deciding she wanted to work in property management. The problem was she had no experience in the apartment industry. On her own – and as a result of finding NAAEI through a web search – she decided to earn her National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) designation. This attracted the attention of her local affiliate, the Tri-City Apartment Association, which connected her with others working locally in the industry. That was last spring. The first week of June she started as a leasing consultant at Miller Crest Apartment Homes in Kingsport, Tenn.
That’s just one success story. I have heard countless others in which earning one of our professional designations have helped people boost their careers and jump up the career ladder.
A recent blog post on TheWorkBuzz.com said education and earning an industry certification are two of the best ways a person can increase their marketability. The blogger advised that “once you commit to a career path, you might think that the knowledge acquired at your job is enough to keep you marketable. In this competitive workforce, that’s not always true. Find other ways to continue your education and sharpen your skills, so the next time you’re looking for a job, you have an edge.”
Many employers will reimburse you for industry education courses. They know that having a professional designation not only makes you a better employee but also looks good to clients. Check with your supervisor or your human resources director to see if your company will pay for you to take designation courses offered by NAA’s state and local associations or our online NALP and CAM courses.
Visit our website to learn more about the value of our professional designations and the education courses we offer.