I never expected to work in the RPM industry. I moved around a lot in my early career, and RPM luckily fell into my lap. My first job out of college was doing marketing and recreation programming in St. Louis, Mo. From there, I had a brief stint in magazine advertising, and then I changed courses to teach college tennis programs.
When people visit RPMcareers.org, they meet me! I’m Julie, the RPM Careers ambassador featured on the home page of the National Apartment Association’s new website designed to bring talent to our industry.
Whether it’s through digital advertising, the new RPM Careers Facebook page, or word of mouth from National Apartment Association members and supporters, thousands of applicants are headed to RPMcareers.org to find their new career path. They are also connecting with RPM Careers ambassadors — industry professionals like me — to learn more about residential property management.
Although I began college at Ball State University’s architecture school, I was asked to meet with a representative from the residential property management (RPM) program during my first semester. The meeting sparked my interest in an RPM career — so much so that I switched my major to RPM almost right away.
Ten years ago, Betsy Kirkpatrick left college and started working as a loan processor and underwriter. Then the mortgage industry collapsed, and she needed a new career. She worked short stints at the Boys and Girls Club, in phone retail sales, and in church management before entering the residential property management (RPM) industry.
High rental occupancy and historically low home ownership is the latest housing trends across the U.S. Recent reports show there could be as many as seven million additional rental households this decade.
This spring, the RPM Careers campaign is stepping out of cyberspace and into the community: We’re going on a national tour of local radio stations and blogger “newsrooms” to spread the word about our industry— and companies like yours—to qualified job seekers across America.
April 6, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and its network of affiliated apartment associations across the country gave back to their communities and spread the word about the exciting opportunities offered by the industry in celebration of National Apartment Housing Day.