IA Times, August 2020

IA offers membership to unemployed professionals

The Irrigation Association is here to support our industry during this time of crisis. We understand that many in the industry have lost jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the IA is here to help. If you were recently laid off, the IA is offering a free year of membership so you can continue to take advantage of our resources. Maintaining your IA membership will provide you the opportunity to stay connected with the industry, brush up on skills or even become certified. Complete a membership application, select the unemployed category and submit to the membership department. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2020.

Below are some tips to consider as you evaluate your situation and determine how to go about finding a new job:

  • Consider getting IA-certified to differentiate yourself from others when applying for that next job. 
  • Take advantage of free online opportunities to learn something new. Review online job descriptions to determine the skills you may need to brush up on. For irrigation job postings view the IA Irrigation Career Link.
  • Review your goals. Is the job you are seeking a short-term opportunity, or is it your next career move?
  • Revamp your resume. Highlight soft skills that are transferable to other positions. Resumes can also be posted on the IA Irrigation Career Link.
  • Network. Learn to network online by attending virtual events with others in the industry.
  • Set up online job alerts.
  • Stay focused. Set aside a certain amount of time each day to achieve these tasks.
  • Self-care is vital during this time. Be patient as it may take longer than it normally would.