Titles can be negotiated, but associations need to keep labeling schemes consistent.
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Labels can be rewarding, but won’t transcend work accomplishments. Some titles don't translate well outside an organization. Others are just confusing. Should job seekers get tripped up when a new position has a lesser-sounding title, even if it offers more money and responsibilities? "You have to fit your job title in with the culture of the people who are your members," said Donna French Dunn, CEO of the Association of YMCA Professionals.
Experts say top executives should insist on contracts with severance clauses, while options for individual perks are myriad. “For some, maximized current salary is most important, for others it’s retirement and deferring taxes,” attorney Jeff Tenenbaum said. “For some, fringe benefits that are not taxable are important—first-class travel, country clubs, downtown social clubs. These things all have price tags."
Mentors play an important role in grooming the next generation of future association leaders. However, being a mentor requires a level of involvement beyond simply being a boss: It requires objectivity, respect and, most importantly, trust. The mentee needs to be comfortable sharing information they usually wouldn’t share with supervisors. Veteran executives share their advice for building those relationships.
Identifying the appropriate counselor for you can be a ‘good investment in your career’; find someone who can help determine goals, too.
Most recruiters and employers don’t have time for lengthy introductions, so a good pitch could open doors otherwise closed. “Keep it short and sweet,” said Adam Smith of Adam Smith Executive Search Consulting. Recruiters and career counselors weigh in on the do’s and don’ts about selling yourself during those instances when time is of the essence.
Aides look to advance causes and refresh contacts by returning to work at Capitol Hill.
Executives should avoid casual snapshots, consider professional photos to boost image.
Executive recruiters say candidates need to inspire boards if they're looking for a top association job.