5 Ways to Set Yourself up for Success in the New Year

By Jessica Rust

The new year is just around the corner! Now’s the time many people think of resolutions or goals for the coming year. What do you want to achieve in 2017? Perhaps you’re looking to land a new job, improve your marketing skills, or grow your network of professional connections. If you said “yes” to any of these things, you’ve come to the right place!

Below are five tips to help you become the best marketer you can be in 2017.

1. Join the AMA

If you’re looking to establish yourself as a credible marketer, become an AMA member! The American Marketing Association is the largest marketing association in the world, and is committed to lifelong learning, training, and career development. An AMA membership will provide you with a plethora of ways to connect with people and resources you need to be a top-notch marketer. Here are a few of the many membership benefits:

  • Receive member-only content that includes hundreds of the latest articles and research by topic, including white papers and best practices – plus an extensive archive!
  • Access to over 100 on-demand webcasts and podcasts on the latest marketing topics.
  • Receive a subscription to Marketing News and another publication (specialty magazine or journal) of your choice.

2. Attend Networking Events

Networking provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded marketing professionals and stay up-to-date about the industry. AMA PDX offers various networking events every month. You’ll be able to network while enjoying delicious food and drinks, and hear a local expert talk about an insightful marketing topic. Click here to see our upcoming events.

3. Volunteer

A great way to develop your marketing skills and enhance your credibility is to volunteer with AMA PDX. Whether you’re skilled in digital marketing, project management, copywriting, or design, there is a volunteer position for you! We suggest you volunteer if you’re looking to achieve any of the following:

  • Expand your network of professional connections
  • Improve your professional experience
  • Develop new skills

Take a peek at our current volunteer opportunities.

4. Become a Marketing Mentor or Mentee

AMA PDX has created an exciting new Mentor Program! This three-month program provides participants with leadership challenges and developmental opportunities. Mentors will provide career support and help assist with the Mentee’s short term and long term planning surrounding marketing areas of interest. The program will provide Mentees new ways of learning, help expand their capabilities, and develop skills he/she will use in their career.

Are you interested in being a Mentor or Mentee? Stay tuned to our website for updates as we roll out the upcoming program!

5. Win an Award

In 2017, you will probably slave away at a marketing campaign — hopefully one that produces stellar results! When this happens, you and your team will deserve some recognition for all the hard work. Every year, we offer the Marketing Awards of Excellence (MAX Awards). This annual event allows local marketing professionals to submit their successful projects for an award. Be sure to keep the MAX Awards website bookmarked for future info on the 2017 award ceremony.

Whether you’re new in your career and want to establish yourself in the industry, or a marketing veteran who is looking to enhance your skills, any of the above tactics will help with your professional development goals.

We wish you the best with your endeavors in 2017! If you have any questions or comments for us, leave a reply below or contact us here.

Applied? Forward your application to amaadmin@janetkgeorge.com and we’ll send you an invoice to present to your employer. They’ll love all the new skills you’ll be able to apply from the AMA!

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