Want to make the most of your job search this season? Here are 7 ways you can jumpstart your environmental career.
Target the companies you want to work for and be able to offer your potential employer the added bonus of not only getting to hire you for their team, but also receiving a free wage-subsidy when they do.
2. Build a strong professional network
In a recent study, we found that 65% of environmental employers used personal contacts or referrals to find their recruits. Build a professional network that will help you get hired by:
3. Customize your résumé and cover letter to the environmental sector
4. Create an effective personal brand online
5. Boost your soft skills
Contrary to popular misconceptions, environmental work is not solely technical! Many green jobs require strong soft skills, such as writing, presenting, and project management.
6. Be flexible
Sometimes the position you’ve been offered isn’t in the exact role or location you were hoping for. It pays to be flexible, especially if this particular job will help you start the path to your ideal career and offers opportunities for future growth.
7. Follow-up to get results
After you apply for a position, follow-up with a phone call introducing yourself, mentioning your interest in the job, and providing three reasons why you would be a great fit.
If you recently interviewed for a position and didn’t receive the job, politely ask the interviewer for feedback on how you did and what you could improve. Many of your fellow applicants will not take this extra step, so it’s a great way to stand out from the competition.
What other job seeking and professional development tips would you add to this list?