Resources to Help You Learn about Careers in Residential Property Management
Over the past year, the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) has been taking a hard look at how we market careers in residential property management (RPM) and provide career resources to teachers, students, recent college graduates and military veterans.
Our goal is to provide job seekers interested in learning more about residential property management with information tailored to their unique backgrounds and to connect them with people working in the industry who have similar backgrounds and can serve as a resource.
Visitors to our soon-to-be-launched RPMCareers.org website can browse job listings, as well as take a short quiz about their backgrounds. After taking the quiz, they are shown short profiles of people working in the industry with similar backgrounds as their own who they can connect with over LinkedIn to learn more.
The website also highlights the benefits of working in the industry and the three types of residential property management careers—community management, leasing and maintenance. It even shows how these careers compare to those in hospitality, retail, sales, construction, restaurant and real estate, so people can see how skills gained in another industry can easily be applied to a career in RPM. The site also offers tips for landing that first job and lists the colleges and universities that offer programs of study in residential property management.
We are currently beta testing the website and plan to have it officially launched in January 2015. However, you are invited to preview the site at RPMCareers.org with the password “members.” I encourage you to take a look and provide any feedback on how we can make it even better. Please mail feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another good online resource is the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) online career center. You can download or order copies of our newly updated residential property management career brochures, learn about the industry and read about the professional designation programs offered through NAAEI. You also will want to check out NAA’s YouTube channel. It features a wealth of information on NAA, residential property management and testimonials from people working in the industry.
NAA also offers its monthly UNITS Magazine and APTly Spoken Blog—both of which can keep you up to date on the latest news, events and issues affecting our industry.
I hope you will take a few moments to take a look at all of the career resources we have to offer.
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