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Asked by chance on October 5, 2016

I'm an undergrad student majoring in Business Marketing. I'm also a member of the American Marketing Association and the PR for marketing club at the University of West Georgia. Would being an AMA member hold much value to employers at companies I wish to pursue for future employment opportunities?

Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on October 11, 2016

You should absolutely include that information in your resume. It's always good to promote your "industry knowledge" through the organizations you are involved in. It also allows the recruiters and hiring managers a chance to see your transferable skills and being involved in an organization related to your degree is a plus. Some managers prefer having students involved in organizations and it shows you are able to manage your time (among many other traits), and a hint into your cultural fit into their organization. 

Keep up the good work!  

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on October 17, 2016

Many employers want to see a candidate is interested in developing and networking in their craft. While it’s not always a job requirement, a professional membership is a good way to demonstrate that commitment as long as you put it to use. Joining a group like the AMA allows you to grow your connections and learn from some of the best minds in your profession. Take advantage of those opportunities and look for ways to incorporate the additional experience into your resume for maximum impact. Employers will be ecstatic to see how you’re putting the membership to use in your career and may even offer to pick up the tab when it comes time to renew.

Best of luck on your marketing career!

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on December 2, 2016

Having these memberships is important, but what will set you apart from other applicants is if you hold some type of leadership role in these organizations.  Most candidates will join these types of organizations so they can put it on their resume, so just being a member is not a differentiator.  I recommend that you seek out leadership opportunities at the student or local chapters of such organizations.  Also, seek out leadership opportunities in other areas as well, such as community and volunteer service.  As many candidates have the same background, it is critical for you to find something that sets you apart from your competition and leadership ability is one of those things that can do this.

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