by Lisa Whitson, Director of FCAP Operations / Published July 2014
TIME FOR RENEWALS
The first FCAP membership renewals began hitting inboxes over the past few weeks. As you are evaluating your future with FCAP, I’d like to thank you for supporting Florida’s only statewide professional organization and those who work in or serve the community association industry. I’d like to remind you of the importance of the organization and encourage you to renew your commitment to FCAP and your profession.
The benefit of your membership in FCAP impacts not just your own career and local community; instead, your membership impacts thousands of homeowners and residents across the state. Did you know that the FCAP Family of Services has been instrumental in placing on average more than 80 managers per year in needed community association positions while advancing the careers of many more?
Or that 28 community association managers spent more than 1,100 hours of additional study of the Florida CAM profession? Did you also know that your membership in FCAP has provided needed funds for an annual statewide conference where homeowners and residents learned that this is indeed an “industry?”
Your membership in FCAP and its Family of Services provides benefits that are both personal and professional.
Watch your e-mail inbox for your FCAP membership renewal notice, and return it at your earliest convenience. If you are not a member of FCAP, I encourage you to join us. Visit us online at www.fcap group.com or call (561) 277-8152.
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LANDING YOUR FIRST CAM JOB, PART ONE
CondoJobs Director, Lisa Pinder, and FCAP Director, Lisa Whitson, recently sat down to discuss realistic expectations of the job market for new community association managers in Florida. Here is part one of a two-part series that is an easy read but so very important to keep on hand for CAMs looking for their first managers’ position.
“Getting your first CAM position can be very challenging especially in today’s difficult job market. However, it can be done. It doesn’t always happen as fast as we would like.”
Lisa Pinder, CondoJobs
Job Openings < Searching CAMs
LW: This is great advice given what you shared with me that there are fewer open positions than searching CAMs. It’s an upside-down market. Giving CAMs every opportunity to be more competitive is important to FCAP.
LP: There are some real challenges, but this is a very good industry, and finding a job in this industry can be done. We have been doing this for 27 years, and I’ve seen it happen. This process works if CAMs have realistic expectations at the beginning of their search.
Best Advice for Your Job Search: Follow Directions When Applying.
LP: At CondoJobs, a good indicator for success starts with the membership kit. Those who are able to follow instructions and complete the membership kit without difficulty are usually more successful.
Network with Other Professionals in the CAM Industry.
LW: Join industry organizations like FCAP and get involved. Don’t wait until you find the perfect job. Get plugged in today. Many of the service providers in the CAM industry offer social and educational events for low cost or no charge. Look through the “Meeting Notices” section of our magazine, Florida Community Association Journal, to find an event near you. Our website is also full of event notices and information at www.flcaj.com.
Don’t Be a Know-It-All.
LP: Community association managers don’t need to know everything, but they need to have the right attitude about it and know where to get the correct answers. My favorite response is, “I don’t know the answer to that, but I will find out and get back to you right away.”
LW: I love that! How great would it be to receive a nice thank you e-mail from a CAM you just interviewed with the information you asked about or maybe even a vendor name and phone number for a project your community is working on?
Have Realistic Expectations.
LP: It doesn’t always happen as fast as we would like. Finding the right fit for a new CAM can be challenging as a recruiter. I am faced with balancing the needs and requirements of the community with the skills, talents, and management style of the managers. Both sides of this dynamic are extremely important to the success of CondoJobs and those we serve.