We've all heard the expression, "It's not what you know but who you know." The older I get, the more I realize how true that is.
Monster.com ran a piece recently that emphasized the importance of developing networks of people in your field, "even in the crazed world of database administrators and PHP programmers." One way to develop a network is to join an IT organization so you can develop professional relationships with others in your field.
Here is their list:
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
- Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP)
- Association for Women in Computing (AWC)
- BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates)
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
- Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society
- Network Professional Association (NPA)
- Society for Technical Communication (STC)
- Software Development Forum (SDF)
- Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech)
- Women in Technology (WIT)
- National Association of Programmers
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.