Employees may want to consider joining the club -- in the form of an industry or trade association, that is.

According to a survey of 150 senior executives from the human resources, finance and marketing departments of the nation's 1,000 largest companies, 86 percent of hiring managers surveyed cited involvement in industry or trade associations as beneficial to an employee's career. The national poll was conducted by an independent reseacrh firm and released by staffing firm Accountemps.

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