Top four associations to boost your CRE career

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Commercial real estate is a very competitive industry, so what can you do to set yourself apart, especially when it comes to developing your career? A successful real estate professional works every day at establishing solid relationships, is knowledgeable in real estate trends, hunts prospect opportunities and uses competitor intel to stay ahead of the game. 

Below is information on commercial real estate associations that will boost your career and allow you to connect with like-minded industry professionals. All professionals can benefit from learning experiences, and surrounding yourself with professionals who share your passion for commercial real estate is the key to boosting your career in this competitive industry. 

Building Owners and Management Association International (BOMA)

Best Association for Property Management Professionals

BOMA represents the owners, managers, service providers and other property professionals of all commercial building types, which includes office, industrial, medical, corporate and mixed-use spaces. BOMA provides education opportunities and networking events, and is an international organization.
 
Find your local BOMA here
 

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Best Association for Facility Management Professionals

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 23,000 members in more than 100 countries. They provide credentialing programs, hold conferences and expositions, and produce research that strengthens the knowledge and skills of a commercial real estate professional.

Become a member here

National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)

Best Association for Industrial, Office and Retail Professionals

NAIOP is an organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. Their mission is to provide advocacy, education and business opportunities by connecting members in a powerful North American network in the commercial real estate development and investment industry.

Become a member here

Commercial Real Estate Women-National (CREW)

Best Association for Female Commercial Real Estate Professionals

CREW brings together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally through business networking, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.

Become a member here

Here are a few other associations worth considering:

  • CCIM Institute
    • Best for Brokers, Developers, Property and Asset Managers

How to add value and get the biggest ROI once you’ve joined an association:

Joining associations boosts your career and connects you with other successful commercial real estate professionals. But joining an association would not provide much benefit if you don’t strategically use the resources and opportunities offered. Taking full advantage of joining associations involves adding value to the connections you make and expanding your industry knowledge.

Always keep your eyes open for opportunities to connect with members and to be introduced to more people within the association; good people always know other good people. Join the association board, sign up for volunteer opportunities (Who doesn’t want to be connected to someone who in their free time helps the world become a better place?) and attend association events.

Make the most of your connections with fellow association members and make an impact by providing helpful insights or resources. Doing so will allow others the opportunity to view you as an industry expert and share their own knowledge as well.

Lastly and most importantly, stand out by following those post-meeting LinkedIn invites with a specific message about the networking event you attended and a topic that was discussed. After all, we shouldn’t always expect the people we connect with to remember us.

Boosting your commercial real estate career and making yourself an industry expert involves more than just swapping business cards and networking at an event. I hope the above suggestions and tips help bring you the success you’re looking for in your commercial real estate career. If you have other suggestions for impactful commercial real estate associations, I would love to hear them.

For more information, feel free to reach out to the author, Our Talent Acquisition Advisor, Ally Pyun


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Ally Pyun

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