April 11, 2011 12:19 ET

IABC/BC: Looking to Get Ahead in Your Career? Volunteer in Your Profession

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) - IABC/BC -

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In today's tough job market, volunteering can do more than give back to others; it can also help YOU get a leg up in your own career.

Here are five reasons why volunteering in your professional field can give you a head start:

  • Networking: It increases opportunities to meet new people and expands your existing professional network.

  • Access to the hidden job market: You never know who you may meet that is hiring. Being a part of an association gives you advanced notice of new job postings in the industry.

  • Mentorship: Senior members often share their expertise with others by coaching and providing advice.

  • Resume building: Seize the opportunity to demonstrate your performance through volunteer work. Volunteering offers opportunities to learn new skills or develop in areas where you may not have the opportunity to in your current job.

  • Personal Rewards: Regardless of what organization you are involved with, using your skills and expertise for the benefit of others can be fulfilling and rewarding. In addition to that, you may find yourself in a better a job or gaining more experience in areas that you're interested in!

IABC/BC (International Association of Business Communicators, British Columbia) has volunteers from all stages of their careers, from senior communications directors and consultants, to students and professionals just entering the field.

"Everything our Chapter delivers locally is a direct result of the amazing work done by volunteers," says IABC/BC president John Almond. "As a volunteer myself, I have made many new friends and business contacts. IABC/BC has also helped me be more successful in my business dealings through learning opportunities that have made me a better communicator and strategist."

Paul Hendren, Director of Volunteer Services and a volunteer as well, also knows firsthand the benefits of being involved in BC's premier communication association. "By volunteering at IABC/BC over the last few years, I've already been able to grow a great network of contacts in the industry. Being able to learn from them, especially this early in my career, has helped me in my current position at the City of Vancouver, and will undoubtedly benefit me as I take on new opportunities in the future."

In celebration of National Volunteer Week and another fantastic year of events, programs and initiatives, IABC/BC is currently accepting nominations for the association's highly coveted President's Awards. Awarded for excellence in volunteerism, the winners will be announced at a chapter event in late spring.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with IABC/BC, visit http://www.iabc.bc.ca/volunteer or email volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.


Founded in 1970, The IABC provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. The BC chapter is one of 105 chapters worldwide and is the third largest chapter in Canada. With more than 600 members throughout BC, the chapter has an international reputation for progressive, professional communication. IABC/BC is committed to improving the effectiveness of organizations through strategic, interactive and integrated business communication management.

About IABC/BC's President's Awards

The President's Awards recognize volunteers within IABC/BC who have gone above and beyond in their work over the past year. The President's Award has two categories: Outstanding New Volunteer, which honours the contributions of an individual who is new to volunteering with IABC/BC, and Volunteer of the Year, which is presented to a volunteer who has made a significant impact to the IABC/BC chapter through their work. Volunteers are nominated by fellow chapter members, and winners are hand-selected by the IABC/BC President, John Almond.

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IABC/BC: http://www.iabc.bc.ca/

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