Five Tips To Consider When Applying For a Green Energy Job

What can you do as a job applicant searching for a position in the green economy that is emerging, how can you make yourself really stand out among the rest and land the ideal green job that you have been searching for= Here are a few tips to not only find, but also score a great opportunity.

  1. Put Your Best Foot Forward

This may come across old-fashioned to some, however in my opinion, the difference between success and failure can still be determined with a professional resume. Although nowadays sixty percent of job applicants land jobs through social networking, a resume that is well polished and perhaps even a LinkedIn profile is crucial to putting your best foot forwards, regardless of the position you are applying for.

What you communicate you your future employer when there are simple errors in spelling, grammar and formatting is that you for not pay sufficient attention to detail, that you rush through this, or even worse, that you don’t genuinely care about the product that you produce. It is important to invest the time in making sure that you present yourself as a professional who is competent, this can make or break your opportunities.

  1. Place Emphasis on Your transferable Skills

Scanning resumes is something that professional recruiters will let you know they spend little time doing, much like a website, if you do not capture the attention of your reader in just a few seconds; you are probably not going to make the cut. This is why it is important that you resume/profile include the most relevant information, this is especially true when you are trying to make a career change over to the sustainability sector. Remember that companies in every kind of industry, including sustainability still rely on professionals in more traditional roles, for example sales, finance, marketing, etc., an you may have the exact experience that they require.

A Few Quick Tips

  • Your experience should always come before your education.
  • Even if you have never worked in the sustainability niche before, bullet the accomplishments that showcase the skills you would be able to bring to the new position.
  • Research and highlight the required competencies in the position or company that you desire.
  • Include some examples of your “soft skills.” Technical jargon can always be learned, however being able to communicate, innovate, facilitate, engage, collaborate and network is crucial to being a successful sustainability professional.
  • Consider the use of a functional resume format that will emphasize your experience, skills and knowledge in the industries and companies that you have worked in.
  1. Develop Your Value Proposition

The position you are looking for may not be in marketing or in sales, it is however important to you develop ample understanding of the challenges that sustainable companies and their customers face; this can help to distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd.

Regardless of whether your background is in sustainability or not, it is important to get educated. This does not necessarily entail returning to school. The truth of the matter is that MBAs, new graduates and even PhDs are a flooding the market, it does however men that it is important to have an understanding of how complex implementing sustainability solutions can be.

For example, a study which the International Society of Sustainability Professionals recently published found the biggest challenge that sustainability professionals face is being able to communicate the value of sustainability. If what you want is to get hired. Form the very beginning you should expect to be able to express the value of sustainability. This piece from Quanta goes into the detail

  1. Never Stop Networking!

Not only will networking make it more likely for you to land a job, but throughout the process you will also build valuable skills. Networking can help to build communications skills, confidence, relationships as well as competencies that are critically important for sustainability professionals. On top of that, knowing that you are a person who knows people could be an attractive quality to a future employer.

As you begin your job search, here are a few things to consider:

  • Join Linkedin groups which are relevant to the position you desire, however do not just join. Be active in discussions and on the boards. Your activity in these groups can actually help recruiters find you, do as and answer questions to really make yourself stand out.
  • Use Linkedin to network with as many people as possible. This immediately will widen your network meaning that more and more people will have access to your profile.
  • Look into any Meetup groups in your local area whose emphasis is on green jobs or sustainability. Attend these meeting to learn what is going on in your area and to make connections.
  • Get in touch with the companies that you are interested and as for an informational interview. In a low-pressure situation like this you will be obtain exposure with the hiring manager or recruiter all the while being able to learn more about the companies you wish to work for.
  • Look into anyone in your network that would be able to connect you with professionals that are already working in the field you are interested in. Ask that person out for coffee so you can discuss the best ways of landing a position in that industry.
  1. Last But Not Least, Do Not Seem Desperate, Be Confident!

It is a fact that for many, many Americans, times are tough out there. Due to the current economic climate, there are fewer jobs available and more applicants searching for jobs. That unfortunately means that when it comes to recruiting, companies can take their time and can be more selective in their hiring process.

It will not help your case to apply for every position available at the company, it is also not beneficial to harass the recruit by calling them on a daily basis to inquire about the status of the position that you have applied for. Sometimes when looking for the perfect position, less is more. Invest in doing your homework on the company you are interested in applying for and beefing up your resume.

Place your focus on your resume, cover letter and phone calls so that you do not come across as desperate but are seen as accomplished and professional. If at the moment you are unemployed, stay active. Volunteer at agencies where you can do the type of work that you are interested, or blog about topics that are relevant and of interest to you.

10 Tips To Help You Create The Ideal Tech Resume

  1. Focus on your accomplishments. Instead of focusing so much on your job duties from your previous jobs, spend more time covering your actual accomplishments and emphasize tangible results as much as possible (developed software that led to a 10 percent reduction in cost, increased revenues from app sales by 20 percent, etc.)

 

  1. Quantify your results. Don’t say things like “reduced bugs,” “increased company profits,” or “improved customer satisfaction.”  Instead, offer provide quantifiable metrics to show how the work that you did helped your company improve customer service, reduce costs, save money, etc.

 

  1. Target your resume. The days are long gone when you sent out the same generic resume to hundreds of different companies.  Target each resume to one specific company and job listing.

 

  1. Don’t get overly technical. Acronyms, sales and marketing jargon and technical terms might be used commonly at one company but sound like a foreign language to hiring managers or recruiters at different companies.  Make sure that your resume will be universally understood through using terminology that is commonly recognized in your industry and explaining anything that may confuse recruiters.

 

  1. Be concise. We are familiar with the stats that talk about how many hiring toss resumes that have only one typo.  Tech companies do have a tendency to be more forgiving, however there isn’t any excuse for submitting a misspelled, grammatically incorrect, or otherwise badly presented resume.

 

  1. Have a well structured resume and be clear. When you are creating your resume, try to think the way that a recruiter would.  Provide the information that recruiters are looking for so that your resume isn’t thrown away in the garbage can.  For instance, if you have worked a leading company like Intel or Microsoft as a software engineer, stress the name of company instead of your job title, since it will impress the recruiter more.   Here are some good tips.

 

  1. Eliminate the objective. Only add an Objective to your resume if you just graduated from college or would like to draw attention to your desire for transitioning into a new role (for instance moving into sales from a software engineering position).  At times an Objective may be a drawback since the position that you state you are interested in (e.g. mobile software developer) may convince the recruiter that you would not be interested in some of the other rewarding and lucrative positions (Web developer, user interface engineer, etc.) that they need to fill.

 

  1. In your summary, don’t be vague. If you are using a Summary section, make sure it is full of key accomplishments (with hard numbers to back them up), instead of vague statements about your strong work ethic, detailed-oriented personality, etc.  Some individuals rename the section and call it “Key Accomplishments and Summary.”

 

  1. Emphasize accomplishments rather than duties. Although your work experience is one of the key components of a good resume, it should’t include a comprehensive list of every job you have ever had (particularly if you have had many job or worked within the industry for many years).  Detail the most important positions that demonstrate you are qualified for the job to the hiring manager.  Give the greatest amount of detail for either your most recent or current job (or the position that is most applicable to show you are qualified for the position).  Make sure you are listing accomplishments, instead of only job duties.  Think about what things the hiring manager will want to see in order to convince her or him to call you for an interview.

 

  1. As you continue to gain experience, minimize your education. Within the tech industry, education matters less than professional experience does.  However, it is still important for your Education section to describe your educational background effectively.  If you hold a nontraditional degrees that might be unfamiliar to recruiters, make sure to offer a one- to two-sentence describing your major.  Recent college graduates shouldn’t list their GAP unless it is at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (although leaving your GPA out might be a red flag for recruiters).  Any awards or college activities should also be listed by recent graduates that they think help them land a job.  However, they shouldn’t include everything they did in school.  As a rule of thumb, as you continue to gain experience, your Education section should continue to shrink.  It will eventually only include the basics like, name of the university, locations, degree earned, dates attended, etc.

A job in tech is a good career as you can see from this piece from Capita IT resourcing and these tips should help you.