“A professional body is a group of people in a learned occupation who are entrusted with maintaining control or oversight of the legitimate practice of the occupation.”
Prospective employers are always actively looking for that ‘extra something’ in their potential employees; a mark of integrity and dedication to the industry.
Your CV can really stand out from the crowd if you make a note of your membership with any professional body related to the job that you are applying for.
In order to understand the importance of writing professional memberships on a CV, we need to stand in the shoes of a prospective employer… For the next 5 minutes you are the employer who is presented with the following scenario:
Two applications have applied for an IT job in your organisation:
Applicant A let’s call him Bob
Applicant B let’s call him… I don’t know, Rupert.
Bob and Mark are absolutely identical. In fact, they are twins.
They have everything in common and their CVs are almost exactly the same apart from the achievement section where Bob has stated that he is a charter member of the British Computing Society (BCS) and Rupert hasn’t (even though he is!).
The three questions that you have to ask yourself are:
That’s right; the vast majority of people will employ Bob.
The reason why is very simple: employers consider being part of a professional body a sign of dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to your profession.
If you want to give this positive image to potential employers, then, by all means, join a professional body and let your CV stand out above the rest of the applicants’ CVs!