The greentech top talent shortage is real. Green industries’ high growth and fast innovation, makes for fierce competition among experienced green professionals. High tech-experienced talent is filling some of the demand; the ease of transition depends on the role and industry.
Green job boards are popping up all over the internet. I review them regularly and my assessment is this: the chances that you will land a job in sustainability because of something you see on a job board are slim. Very slim. Consider that in more flush times, Americans have a much higher chance to find a job through networking than responding to an ad. Statistics vary, but I have seen anywhere from 60% – 80% quoted as the percentage of jobs found through networking. Now consider that these are difficult times for the American job market and companies are having a hard enough time finding the resources to add jobs to their payroll that we all know and understand, let alone something “new” like sustainability director. In a nutshell, there is not much on these job boards in either quantity or quality to give a job seeker hope.
GREEN CAREER PERSPECTIVES: Non-Technical Green Careers, Get a Green Job with Networking; Resume Strategies, Penetrating The Green Job Market
The following green career strategies and perspectives that I found around the web. If you have a green career strategy or perspective that you would like to share, do not hesitate to contact us. Amie Vaccaro, editor of the blog, Ecofrenzy, has created a list of 15 ways to find your green dream job using networking. Carolyn at Bright Green Talent has posted an informative three-part Resume Boot Camp for student and Grads seeking a green career. Carol McClelland explains that most of the jobs within the green economy have the same job titles they have in the traditional economy. She lists several ways you can see yourself fitting into in the green economy and provide a few strategies to use to map your way into the green economy. GreenBiz.com recently talked two career experts to get their advice on entering the green job market and asked if they had special tips for experienced workers who are looking for new opportunities following layoffs.
GREEN CAREER PERSPECTIVES: Green Resume Tips, Target Your Green Job Search, Green Career Transition Tips, The First Wave of Green Jobs, Job Hunting on Twitter, Find Out Why Van Jones Went to DC
The following green career strategies and perspectives that I found around the web. The topics include: How to write a green resume; targeting your green job search; green career transition tips for the less experienced; who will be needed in the first wave of green jobs; 101 best Twitter feeds for job hunters; and why Van Jones took a job in the Obama Administration.
Smart meters, which are meters that are hooked up to a network so that they can deliver information about current usage in a timely manner, are rapidly becoming ubiquitous. Smart meters will enable real time energy decisions in response to current conditions. They form a critical cornerstone of the smart grid; in fact in many ways they are the “smart” in the smart grid. This opens up a whole slew of new opportunities for smart software developers and smart entrepreneurs [no pun intended] to build the software applications and services to support and to add value to these new smart networked grids. What kinds of software opportunities exist in this newly opening sector?
Matt, an intern at Bright Green Talent has an informative post up on how to make the green career transition. His plate is full. He is also interning at a sustainability consulting firm, and occasionally working in his previous profession as a commercial photographer. Below is a summary of the strategies he is using to transition to a new green career.
Celebrating Women’s History Month: 10 Networking Resources for Women Pursuing Green Careers You Should Know About – Updated
Networking is considered one of the most valuable strategies for ensuring career success. Often, the most effective ways to network is through professionals groups. In keeping with our Women’s History Month theme, I have created a list of 10 active networking groups for women pursuing sustainable energy and environmental careers.
In February, Dan Smollen over at Sturdy Roots polled green executives to find out their interest in participate in live seminars and webinars, attending networking events and in enrolling in courses designed to develop their green skills. I little under 100 executives participated and they released their results earlier this week, with 100% of participants saying that they would attend networking events.b