- 6 Ways to Take Your Urban Planning Career to the Next Level February 22, 2016
By: Alissa Barber Torres, AICP, PhD, PLS
As planners, we talk a lot about the importance of visions for our communities, but not enough about our visions for ourselves. What are your goals, and what steps can help take you there? Here are a few suggestions to support your efforts.
Take a fresh look at what you are doing today
As a new planner, will your current internship, volunteer, and/or professional activities help you in adding specific skills and experiences to your resume and obtaining portfolio items that highlight your individual work? If you are an experienced planner, do you need to expand or refresh your projects and duties to meet your professional goals? Pursue these opportunities intentionally with your employer and/or professional or community organizations.
Build your support system
Do you have a mentor or, better yet, a few different mentors that help you in different areas? If so, ask him or her to help you brainstorm on your professional development. Wherever you are in your career, if you don’t have a mentor now, set a goal to seek one out. Your APA Florida Section can help you meet other professionals who would be happy to connect with you.
Get the best advice
The reality of the urban planning profession is that you will have to look widely across other fields for current, substantial, and ongoing advice on how to grow as a professional through the different stages of your career and how to market yourself effectively to obtain career opportunities. (Why that is the case truly deserves a whole other post—or manifesto—that I would love to read.)
In this era of social feeds and email newsletters, consider finding a few with tips that can help keep you on ...
- 7 Steps To Create a Resume for Your Amazing Urban Planning Career February 17, 2016
By: Alissa Barber Torres, AICP, PhD, PLS
Whether we are emerging or experienced professionals in planning, all of us can benefit from a fresh look at our resume and career. When is the last time you refreshed your LinkedIn profile and resume? These tips can help you get started.
Have one master resume, and then make shorter versions.
Create one version of your resume that has the full details of all your jobs, projects, and other professional information. From that version, develop shorter versions customized to individual job applications that show your strengths and experience compared to the specific jobs qualifications and preferences. This can also help you update and fine-tune your LinkedIn profile. (Hint: Make sure you follow APA Florida on LinkedIn!)
If you are a new professional, your resume should only be one page long in print. Optimize this space by making every word count and leaving out non-essential items, like personal interests, an objective, and references. Experienced professionals with longer resumes should use plenty of white space, bulleted lists, and short paragraphs to help readers scan it quickly for key information.
Summarize your expertise, skills, and accomplishments.
A concise, bulleted summary at the top of your resume or LinkedIn profile is essential to creating a strong narrative about your experiences, interests, and contributions in planning that is easy to grasp on the first reading. Your resume and LinkedIn should be organized in a way that immediately conveys your brand and tells your story, who you are, what you have done, and what your contributions can be to a planning agency or firm without people having to guess from individual entries.
Be brief about your student career.
If you are a new planner, including grade ...
- Young Planners Group 2015 State Conference Scholarship June 26, 2015
The APA Florida Young Planners Group (YPG) 2015 State Conference Scholarship application window is now open!
Up to three scholarships will be awarded this year. The deadline for application statement submittal is July 17, 2015. Open the link below for future details regarding the scholarships, applicant eligibility, and application details.
- 2015 YPG Survey March 23, 2015
YPG is looking for your input. We would like to learn more about you, what you would like to see more of, less of, etc.. Your feedback will will help us better serve you and the rest of our membership.
The survey will be open until Friday, April 17, 2015.
Survey results will be presented at the YPG Annual Meeting at the APA Florida Conference in Hollywood.
- APA Florida Involvement Opportunity December 21, 2014
Looking to become more involved with APA Florida? Now is your chance! APA Florida is looking to add YPG members to its various planning committees. YPG Reps are still needed for the following:
- Emerging Topics Committee
- Financial Planning Committee
- Legislative Policy Committee
Nominations and Appointments: All YPG Representatives are nominated by the YPG Chair and appointed by the APA Florida President or Committee Chair.
Term Length: A YPG Representative’s term varies by committee and can be either a one-year or two-year term.
If you are interested in serving as the YPG Representative for any of the committees outlined above, please contact us at FloridaYPG@gmail.com.
For more details on each committee and appointment details, refer to the APA Florida Committees document.
Meet your Ambassadors
Are you new in town or Florida? Did you just graduate from Planning School? Are you looking to network with other young professionals? YPG has “Ambassadors” in every section to help you with getting involved in APA and jumpstarting your career. Reach out to the Ambassador in your Section:
Not sure which Section you are in? Click here to find out. If your section does not have an Ambassador, consider stepping up! Contact us for more info.
Welcome Young Planners!
The purpose of APA Florida’s Young Planners Group (YPG) is to provide young planners in the state of Florida with guidance, resources and professional development opportunities so that they can excel individually and lead collectively in the field of planning.
The YPG functions as an ad-hoc committee of APA Florida. Membership in YPG is free with a paid APA membership (including Chapter-only memberships). For YPG purposes, “young planners” are self-identified and anyone is welcome to participate. Generally, YPG membership consists of students, professionals under the age of 35 or planning professionals with less than 5 years of experience. To join YPG, contact the Chapter office.
Please let us know how YPG can be of service to you and your career. If you are interested in getting involved please at FloridaYPG@gmail.com.