Cal Poly Pomona recently hosted a green career panel for students, and four professionals discussed their experiences in the field while emphasizing the vital role that green jobs will continue to play in our society in the future. Their tips are important for anyone looking to start down an eco-friendly career path in the future, although they are applicable to most job seekers as well.
For all four green professionals, two criteria stand out for them when reviewing a resume: planning and social skills. As one member of the panel explained, the resume should give a clear picture as to whether or not the candidate can handle the job they are applying for. In addition, it should convey a bit of the candidate’s personality, as the hiring manager will initially try and determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the organization simply by reading through the resume.
When interviewing for an eco-friendly job, members of the panel stressed how important it is for a candidate to demonstrate their willingness to learn and try new things. Having a good attitude, talking about extracurricular activities in school and linking those activities to the green job they are applying for are all essential components of a good interview.
Simply hoping to secure an eco-friendly job one day is not enough; panelists explained that having a plan is a crucial part of the entire process. While it is not necessary for the plan to remain the same month after month, it is important to write down the goals you set, and you should also post them in a prominent place. Alter them when necessary, but look at them whenever possible; they help make success more likely. Also, seek out as many opportunities as possible that require you to engage in teamwork; cooperation is an underrated skill that takes people far, and green companies give preference to job applicants who can demonstrate that they have what it takes to work as a team.
Once you land the green job of your dreams, don’t stop striving for excellence. Maintain impeccable records that demonstrate your value to the company. The panelists focused on how important it is to keep learning and growing, as it will lead to happiness in your professional life.
Green jobs are available, and they are only expected to increase in numbers over the next ten years. Whether you find work as an environmental attorney or a Hoboken pest control specialist, your eco-friendly career will have a positive impact on the environment. Energy is being wasted every day, and it is important to find a way to make a difference, no matter how big or how small.