Our Top 10 Biggest Hits

Angie - Test Knowles, | January-20-12
Check out our top 10 greatest blog posts
Over the years, ECO Canada’s blogs have featured a wide range of expert tips and tricks on everything from writing a custom résumé for the environmental sector, to retaining your organization’s top talent and identifying the emerging skills requirements of Canada’s green economy. 
Amongst all these posts, several have stood out as page view superstars. The insider career advice from these articles really clicked with job-seekers, job-keepers and employers—so much so that several of the posts in the list below continue to generate views nearly two years from when they were originally posted.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 all in one place: 
Highlights: This posting set a new record for us this week, with over 880 views in a single day. From “Big Company Bureaucracy” to “Top Talent Likes Other Top Talent,” the reasons why employees leave an organization are given a fresh spin in this article.
Highlights: Accurate salary info for environmental jobs can be tough to find. To meet this information gap, this post clearly outlines the entry-level and median salaries for five common environmental careers: urban and regional planners, environmental engineers, environmental scientists, conservation scientists/foresters, and environmental lawyers. Up-to-date salary info for environmental employers in Canada is now also available through ECO Canada’s Compensation Centre.
Highlights: This is another one of those posts that fills a much-needed informational niche. For new graduates just entering the sector, or transitioning professionals making an industry switch, this post offers advice on why adding the concentration of your educational program is important, and what additional environment-specific information should be included under your résumé’s skills section.
Highlights: Read this article for a demonstration of just how powerfully a well-written, targeted cover letter can affect your job search. 
Highlights: This dilemma looms large for a lot of recent graduates entering the professional job market who face the catch-22 of “no experience--no job; no job--no experience.” In response, this post offers great insights on how to identify previously overlooked experience and build out a seemingly “thin” résumé.
Highlights: Social media can be an exceptionally effective tool to expand your network and market your skills to potential employers. However, as this article reveals, there are four major guidelines to keep in mind when sharing content online. Check out this post to avoid some of the social media pitfalls that can damage your professional image. 
Highlights: As we’ve noted in several subsequent postings here and here, soft or essential skills are important to employers in general, and environmental employers in particular. This post provides a concise summary of five soft skills that are essential to career success, but not always overtly stated or taught.
Highlights: Does environmental work really translate into working strictly outdoors or less formal recognition of education and training? This post debunks several of the most prominent environmental career myths.
Highlights: When a job search isn’t going well, it is likely due to one or more of the five factors outlined in this post. For insights into what could be derailing your job seeking approach and what could work more effectively, this article delivers some honest advice. 
Highlights: Relational recruitment methods are preferred by most environmental employers, making networking the single most effective strategy in your job search arsenal. For those who may be a bit unsure of how to master the art of networking, this post features good tips on how to prepare ahead, approach others professionally, and leave a great impression.


I know I have some definite favourites in the list above, which ones are yours?