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3 Ways IT Trade Associations Help You Build Your Professional Network


3 Ways IT Trade Associations Help You Build Your Professional NetworkUsing IT trade associations to network with others in the industry can be a great way for technology providers to make new connections. Maybe you’ve thought about networking but haven’t been sure where to start. IT trade associations are a great first step.

Here are three simple ways you can network:

  1. Forums: Most associations have online forums, where members can post questions, ideas, and thoughts. This is a good way to connect with others in your industry around the world who you might not otherwise have a chance to meet.

  2. Events: Most IT trade associations host events in the form of seminars or conferences. This allows you to get up-to-date industry information along with the opportunity to meet colleagues and grow your professional network.

  3. Training: A number of groups, such as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the Association of Channel Resellers (NASBA), offer training either online or in person. Training opportunities are another way to meet and connect with other industry professionals.

Which IT Trade Associations are Right for You?

Along with CompTIA and NASBA, there are a few other groups you might consider joining to network with other professionals and to enjoy all of the other benefits offered. These groups include:

Do you belong to any IT trade associations, or have you considered joining one? Please share your thoughts in the Comments box below.


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