Katelynn Wiggins is the assistant director of Staff Initiatives at the American Psychological Association and the co-chair of the PRSA-NCC New Professionals committee. She was the recipient of the PRSA-NCC 2015 Young Professional Award.
Volunteering for your local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of – if not the – best ways to build your professional network and your resume. Not only is it a means to support the profession, but there is immense value in the relationships as well.
Being a volunteer provides the opportunity to build strong, lasting connections with chapter members and leadership. In a world where relationships are king, these connections can lead to a fortified and long-lasting network. Volunteering is just the beginning of getting involved in the chapter. For example, I started out as a committee volunteer in 2014, was recruited to be a committee co-chair and was elected as a chapter delegate in 2015 and will be on the board in 2017.
There are a number of committees looking for volunteers to work events, draft ad copy and secure space, among other things. Helping out at the committee-level can open you up to learn or refine skills to build your resume. Don’t be afraid to get involved. There are opportunities available that fit any schedule or skill level. Trust me, the rewards are worth it!