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Finding employment opportunities through professional and trade associations

There are tens of thousands of trade and professional societies and associations around the country and the world serving virtually every field and area of interest.  People,companies, institutions, and organizations actively involved in any field or industry are members of such associations.

Associations are  great sources of information and contacts.  For example, if you are interested in pet food career opportunities (either in sales or research) there is the Pet Food Institute to which big and small companies belong.   Contact with the association by phone or email could very well yield leads and ideas for finding position openings with one or more of its members.  Also, many associations have websites that are extremely useful, with links to their members' websites -- and job listings.  Here is the Pet Food Institute link:  Pet Food Institute
Here is another example ... National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc.

Identifying and contacting associations in virtually any field is easy.  Just browsing the resources below is an education and a great source of ideas.

Encyclopedia of associations, 35th ed.
Detroit, Gale Research Co., 1961-
LOCATION: Bailey Howe Ref. (service desk) AS8 .E5 1999   v.1-4

Encyclopedia of associations. International organizations, 35th ed.
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1989-

LOCATION: Bailey Howe Ref. (service desk) AS8 .E52 2000

There are web-based listings of associations (not nearly as extensive as the encyclopedias listed above,  but many animal-related associations are listed).  For example:

Tips for searching for jobs and employment information on company websites:
  1. click on 'Human Resources' links
  2. click on 'about the company' links
  3. click on 'contact the company' .  Send an email to the human resources office requesting information about employment and job listings.

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