The Value of a Student Membership


As a career advisor, it is not unheard of for me to review over 60 resumes in a given day. Strong college resumes have a few things in common: great schools, interesting projects and coursework, in-depth internships, and perhaps even some leadership experience demonstrated through student organizations. So how can a student stand out in a candidate pool full of these strong resumes? One great option: professional organizations.

While membership in on-campus groups is fairly commonplace, most students do not travel off-campus to organizations that include working professionals. I hear day in and day out from students wanting to speak with people in the roles and industries that they are studying. When it comes to how to connect, though, they are unsure and often uncomfortable.

Professional organizations – with their networking events, panels, job banks, and other resources – are a fantastic way to do this without spending time tracking down individual contacts. The bonus? These memberships also help student resumes stand out from the stack!

The Publicity Club of New England student membership in particular provides free admission to all Pub Club programs, access to exclusive job boards and guest blogging opportunities, the ability to win a $1000 grant, and more…

Learn more at and please recommend this valuable opportunity to the college students in your life.

This post was contributed by Bentley University’s Assistant Director, Undergraduate Career Services Amanda Helfand.

Twitter: @amandahelfand