Magazine article Journal of Property Management

We Reap What We Recruit

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

We Reap What We Recruit

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The more we work together to spread the word about the Institute and recruit new members, the closer we'll get to achieving our goal of being the first choice of real estate owners, investors and managers and their companies. Membership growth equals higher visibility, giving us more power to shape our future, from influencing legislation to determining our career outlook.

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We have set key programs in motion to achieve aggressive membership growth. Implementing our new membership requirements in January was the first major step we took this year. The education requirements have been better defined and while experience is still a critical component of the CPM designation, verification of experience is not required until the end of the candidacy period. These streamlined requirements, in tune with the "real world," will help us attract real estate management professionals during the early stages of their careers.

Now, with our new student membership program, we can broaden our reach among college students as well, introducing them to the real estate management industry as they prepare for their careers. Visit www.irem.org for more information about student membership. The Institute has also created a new academic membership status for those who are the primary influencers of students' career decisions--faculty members at colleges and universities.

How will we benefit from drawing in more young professionals? Besides sustaining the future growth of the Institute, we'll create a larger pool of qualified job candidates we can hire at our own companies. …

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