Considering the green industry for your next great gig? Maybe you’re looking to transition out of your waning niche to a more promising green job?
First step is researching who to connect with and where to find them.
A great starting point for your research is Job-Hunt’s brand new, ever-growing list of Green Industry Professional Associations and Societies.
Last I checked the page had links to over 130 groups within the following categories:
Air & Climate
Building & Construction
Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Engineers & Engineering
Environmental Business & Industry
Forestry & Plants
Health, Medicine & Toxicology
Hospitality & Tourism
Regulations, Law & Management
Sustainability & Permaculture
What can you do with this list?
♦ Connect with people in the know in this thriving industry and get a feel for whether you may be a good fit, too. Become familiar with the lingo and culture.
♦ Check out the membership directories to source potential employers.
♦ Once you find companies of interest to you, you’ll want to conduct due diligence and prepare yourself to intelligently communicate with decision makers at each company.
♦ When you join a professional association, be sure to add it to your online career marketing communications (VisualCV, LinkedIn profile, online career portfolio, etc.). Recruiters and hiring decision makers searching those key words when vetting candidates will likely be led to your online materials.
Augment your research with Job-Hunt’s also-new Green Industry Job Search Resources page.
Here you’ll find several green job boards and links to the careers pages for over 40 green industry employers, including powerhouses like BP Solar, Duke Energy, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, and SunEdison Solar Energy Services.
How will these resources be of value to you?
♦ Determine who the top decision makers are and start connecting with them through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other online and offline networking groups.
♦ On company websites you’ll find a wealth of information, such as Boards of Directors, C-suite company leadership, and news and press releases. These resources will help you in due diligence and arm you with plenty of background information before stepping into the arena.
A green job not your thing? I frequently direct my C-suite executive clients to Job-Hunt’s extensive list (over 900) of Professional Associations.
Current industry categories include:
Computers & Technology
Finance, Accounting & Banking
Government (Federal, State, Local)
Law & Law Enforcement
Medicine & Healthcare
By far one of the best ways to get your next job, networking your way into companies allows you to tap into the “hidden” job market, circumvent the gatekeepers, and deal directly with decision makers.