RPM Career Launcher
The RPM Career Launcher program lets industry newcomers show employers what they can do. Apply today to get the training, experience, and connections you need to start your career in RPM.
With this completely free program you get:
- A temporary job at a participating RPM company near you
- Up to 400 hours of paid training and on-site work
- Biweekly performance reviews to help you track your progress
At the end, you will have gained valuable experience and may be offered a permanent position. Apply today by filling out the form below. Our team will review your materials and invite you to interview if we think you’re a good match.
Get started today!
- Apply for the RPM Career Launcher program in the form below.
- Tell us more about yourself in an interview. If selected, we'll invite you to participate in an interview.
- Once enrolled, begin working on some coursework. To set you up for success in your temporary position, we’ll provide you with valuable online training opportunities— helping you start the job off on the right foot.
Is your company interested in joining the RPM Career Launcher program? Bring new talent to your teams. Learn more about the program here.
Tips for Managing Your Career
- Working hard is the key to success on the job. Engaged employees who maintain a great attitude and take advantage of learning opportunities position themselves for success.
- Take the time to assess your skills so that you know when you have found the right career that fully uses your skills.
- A successful career is a series of jobs that build on each other over time. Quickly jumping from job to job without clear direction is not a career and is not viewed favorably by employers!
- Know when it’s time to move on in your career. If you’re unhappy in your job, seek a new position that will enhance your skill set and will give you and give your career a needed boost.
- Communication skills have never been more important. Clear verbal and written communication with other employees, prospective residents, and existing residents is critical.
- It takes a team to maintain resident satisfaction and to provide residents with a sense of community. Your willingness and ability to support your team will always increase your value on the job.
- Own your mistakes as well as your success. Take responsibility, admit your mistakes, learn from them, and move on.
- Never bring a problem to your supervisor without recommending a solution. Use the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to analyze a problem and make sound decisions.
Your resume is the face of your work, highlighting your experience, accomplishments, and qualifications to a potential employer. Your resume needs to paint a clear picture of how your unique skills set can benefit a company through the position that you are interested in.
Check out About.com’s “Top 10 Resume Writing Tips” for ways to format, customize, and write your resume in a way that employers will take notice.
Are you a veteran or service member? The Department of Veterans Affairs offers valuable tips for translating your military experience to appeal to careers in the private sector.
Monster.com gives guidance for how career changers can shape their resumes to stand out when they’re looking for a new direction.
Just out of school? Read this Forbes piece on creating a resume when you’re stepping into the working world.
5 Steps for Success
No matter which segment of the apartment industry aligns with your interests and talents, here are five ways you can ensure success in your career:
- Build Your Skills
Because residential property management is built on a foundation of continual, lifelong training and education, it should come as no surprise that success in the industry depends on your interest in bettering yourself. Whether you learn on the job or before you enter the industry, take advantage of all educational opportunities that are available to you. Once you begin your career, the National Apartment Association Education Institute provides access to industry education and training. Learn more about select RPM training courses, as well as job descriptions and estimated salary ranges in the industry, here.
NAAEI offers training programs to get certified in many positions in residential property management. Learn more here.
- Be a People Person
Interpersonal relationships are essential in residential property management. Each career in this industry requires a certain level of personal interaction and customer service. Learn how to make the most of your interactions with residents, suppliers, and co-workers by practicing your social skills. Networking can open up great opportunities that you never knew existed.
- Get Involved
Learn about the industry’s benefits and opportunities by connecting with RPM professionals. These industry insiders can give you the details on what’s happening in the local area and across the country. You can connect with these professionals through RPMcareers.org, your local apartment association and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Be Open to New Experiences
In an industry as large as this one, there are numerous opportunities to expand your knowledge about different industry segments, functions, and trends that may lead you straight into your dream job. If you are receptive to new experiences and keep an open mind about your career ambitions, it will be easier for you to advance your career.
- Get Excited
Residential property management is fast-paced and dynamic, with unparalleled opportunities to advance quickly in your career! Employers need applicants with positive, go-getter attitudes who will contribute to the energetic atmosphere of the industry.
A number of colleges and universities offer a residential property management (RPM) major, minor, or concentration, both in the classroom and with online curriculum. RPM gives students a unique opportunity to learn about the rental housing industry and apply their knowledge in the real world. Some institutions include RPM programs as a complement to other degrees.
Below are all of the colleges and universities offering a major, minor, emphasis, or concentration in RPM:
To view a list of all the colleges and universities offering RPM training, click here.
To see a sample curriculum of select professional coursework in RPM, as well as job descriptions and salary information for after graduation, click here.
Job Interview Tips
It’s important to learn about an organization before you interview for a job so you can have an informed discussion about how your skills and talents match the employment opportunity. About.com offers these tips:
Before the Interview
- Review the website of the company you are interviewing with and, if the interview is for a position with a specific apartment community, study that community’s website, ratings, reviews, and online advertising.
- Come prepared to answer basic questions about your background and interests.
- Ask a friend or family member to do practice interviews with you.
- Prepare questions about the job and company.
At the Interview
- Bring at least one copy of your resume.
- Arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment so that you can gather your thoughts and focus on your interview.
- Dress professionally and pay attention to details like your shoes and nails.
- Greet your interviewer by name and with a firm handshake.
- If offered water, take it in case your mouth gets dry.
- Turn off the sound on your phone and tablet before the interview begins.
- Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
- Do not check your phone or chew gum during an interview. It is disrespectful.