Find Your Green-Collar Dream Job
"But wait!" you may be thinking. "I work in ________ (fill in the blank: accounting, teaching, metal working, carpentry, chemicals, housekeeping, transport, retail, sales...). How can I find a greener job?"
Better to ask yourself: Where will my job be in the future, if sustainability is not key to my company's bottom line? You don't want to be left behind; you want to be at the forefront of the new economy, right?
4 tips for your green job search
Opening your own business in green niche markets may be attractive. Funds and donations for environmental causes are supporting more non-governmental organizations and activist groups. Financial types are all running after the "triple bottom line" and windfarm investments.
All this adds up to one thing: going green is big business, and there are new jobs created every day to support the burgeoning industry.
When you meet someone whose green career you envy or admire, start asking questions: What do they love about their job? What do they hate? You may find your rosy picture dulled by reality. Or your interest may be further piqued. Even if you don't make it all the way to career change, you will have a lot of fun learning and make new friends.
Write down the three things you like best about your current job. Then write down the three biggest successes you have had in the past several years. What are the skills you used to generate that success? Finally, write down the three things you think you could do or would like to do. Do you have the skills to realistically pursue your wishes? Which skills should you improve for your dream job?
Use this improved understanding of your own drives and capabilities to steer your search for the next step in your career. And put them on your résumé: that way you'll get the job you were put on this blue earth to do.
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