Everyone knows how frustrating the job hunting process can be; hours invested in updating your resume and applying for positions may seem futile after weeks pass without a response. Job searching can be especially daunting if you’re considering entering a relatively new professional field, like the specialty work areas in the developing green jobs sector. Luckily, there are a number of valuable resources available to help the increasing number of green job applicants. Here are some tips to get you prepared for a job in the growing green economy:
To start, get up to speed on the variety of green careers out there. Becoming familiar with the numerous roles, professional and education requirements, locations, work conditions and salaries associated with different green jobs may help you pinpoint the type of employment opportunity that fits you best.
The Green Jobs Ready site has a wealth of free information available on such in-demand renewable energy career fields as: solar power and wind power installation, solar thermal heating, and green construction and building. Or you can check out resources like the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook site, or its developing Green Jobs online guide. Checking these sites regularly can help give you a better idea of the expanding green job opportunities in your specific region.
Once you have an idea of the specific green careers you’d like to pursue, find out what kind of education or professional training you need. Some fields may emphasize the importance of advanced degrees, while others may offer positions to workers retrained in greener practices. Solar PV, wind and solar thermal are some examples of the green jobs training offered on-site or online by GreenJobsReady.com. The U.S. Department of Labor, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also has details on green collar training via its Recovery.gov website.
If you have time between your next green job training course, consider volunteering for a non-profit organization involved with green projects. There are hundreds of groups nationwide committed to a range of environmentally-conscious causes. Look for sustainable housing, organic farming, environmental clean-up, wildlife conservation, and eco-education opportunities in your state or local area. Volunteer.gov is a great resource for learning more about many non-profit groups and volunteering positions throughout the country.
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