Archive for March 6, 2009

Tom’s (Rules of) Thumb: What’s the best way to find a green job?

tom_green_face_biggerPenned by Tom

I’m going to attack one of the simpler, yet one of the most important questions we’re asked tens if not hundreds of times every day: What’s the best way to find green jobs?

Now, I’m recruitment-company-biased, but I’ll try to leave that green hat aside for a minute and help you; whilst also re-donning the hat for a moment to introduce you to a new service we’re launching called our ‘Bright Greenhouse’, which aims to answer that question in a LOT more detail. Details to follow… but for the time being here are some of my top tips:

There ARE green jobs out there, but they’re not as prevalent as the media or Obama might have you believe. As such, it’s important to ensure that you’re using the right methods to go about finding a green job.

1) Use your experience, skills and network to open opportunities, rather than going cold to a new sector, company or people – personal connection is still one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal. Use them wisely.

2) Think on your feet. Everybody and their mothers-brothers-dog knows how to use google or search a job board. Sit down in front of a blank piece of paper and create a simple strategy that plays to your strengths, examines your weaknesses and analyzes your differences. This will help you find your niche.

3) Do your homework. Read about and discuss green jobs for a while. If you’re new to the arena, you need to understand what you’re looking for before you leap in. Nothing pains the employer more than getting 100 resumes that are completely off track.

4) Be realistic, see point 3 above.

5) Network; there’s a plethora of events and opportunities to chat about green jobs…

And once you’ve got the opportunity in front of you:

6) Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. If you’ve got a generic resume, it’s easy to spot and it does nothing for the person reading it. It makes them feel like they’re one of a hundred other people that have received it. Unless you’re one in a hundred of the people applying, it’s not going to get you noticed.

7) You have more avenues than a resume, ring the company to have a chat with the person hiring, if only for a couple of minutes. It’s one way to get noticed… but make sure you’re very careful about it. It could backfire.

8) PLAN FOR INTERVIEWS. Too many people think they can wing it. Too many people talk about themselves too much, rather than what they can do for the company!

9) Use a recruiter… even if they can’t respond to you individually, you never know – one day they might have a job that fits your skills and if you’re not registered with them, you’ll not find out! Damn, there’s that hat again.

Happy hunting (in the non-animal-killing sense).
Tom

March 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm 2 comments


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