How to Find a Job In This Crap Economy.  Allison Hemming, author of Work it! How to Get Ahead, Save your Ass and Land a Job in any Economy!. and owner of Hired Guns, a  talent agency that places creative professionals in high profile positions recently gave some career advice for Flavorwire, How to Find a Job In This Crap Economy [Ask an Expert].  She gave lots of great advice.  However, the tip she provided that will stand out for people looking to making a move to a green career is listed below.

FW: The city where I live has dried up completely on the employment side. What cities have been affected the least by the job-crunch?

AH: Like Mr. Smith, go to Washington. DC is like the great American gold-rush, stimulus style. Next, follow what industries are scoring major stimulus bucks. For example, Green Tech is slated to get a lot of cashish, so why not don a green collar and move to a progressive city. Keep in mind, these companies touch just about every role there is — from sales and marketing and creative and technology. And don’t forget, you can build your own business plan, and attract some of these dollars for little old you. Be brave, not slow.

A note from Tracey.  While making such a move could pay off in the long run, the stimulus money has just started to be  distributed, so the jobs are not there yet.  I agree that green career job seekers should follow the money. But, here’s the thing, there are a lot of regions, states, counties and cities that are working to get in on the green action…. some places that would surprise you.  For instance, while I now live an the Seattle area, which is considered by many to be progressive when it comes to cleantech, I come from a rustbelt area.  Philadelphia.  Governor Rendell  is and has been all over this green thing for several years.  The man is chasing down contracts and making deals.  I’m so proud and I am starting to have hope for my hometown, which has been hemorrhaging businesses for over two decades.   So, be sure you know what’s going on in your neck of the woods before deciding to relocate.   

Off the top of my head, I have read about green jobs and cleantech business incentive programs in at lease 12 states in just the past two weeks.  That includes,  Iowa,  Wisconsin, Ohio, Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, New York, Florida, Colorado and Maryland. By the way,  for those of you in from Pennsylvania, check out what they are up to on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection web site.

You can also track green jobs potential in your area and other areas with the Environmental Defense Fund interactive map or track stimulus appropriations with Stimulus Watch

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Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.