Tailoring Your
Resume for a Green
Technology Job


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You’ve created a resume packed with technical and specialized jargon and qualifications. You’ve reviewed it, polished it, and obtained feedback from a friend in the industry about what to include and what not to include. You’ve updated its format and made one suitable for online posting (without your personal address at the top, using arial or calibri font, and with minimal text formatting). Now what?

Use a combination of both online and in-person methods to promote your resume to locate a green technology job.

Searching Online

You can search online to locate green technology job opportunities, information about companies that may be hiring, and to locate people working at those companies that may be able to help deliver your resume to hiring managers inside. Many excellent resources exist online; create a list of keywords and search:

  • Job boards  and search engines (such as ASES, Indeed, Simply Hired, USAJobs, SolarJobs)
  • LinkedIn Groups
  • Recruiting agencies (such as BrightGreenTalent) Facebook - search friends networks to see who may work in your target industry
  • Contracts that have been recently awarded in places like NREL, DOE, or on usaspending.gov
  • News and green RSS feeds to find green companies that are hiring – look for keywords such as "expanding" or "opening new facility" or "building new"or  "awarded” (such as GreentechMedia, Renewable Energy World, ASES, EcoJobs, GreenJobs, Sustainable Business)


 

Online there are opportunities to reach out to people, gather information, and provide information. You can see what companies are up to, but companies can also see what you're doing. Matthew Rothenberg, editor-in-chief at The Ladders Executive Recruiters and co-author of the book You're Better Than Your Job Search recommends that you be conscious about the image you're projecting online.

Human Networking

Rothenberg says you should be networking 24/7. In a disproportionate number of hires, there is some personal connection involved, even if the lead comes from an online source. It helps to have an insider who knows the ropes and be able to talk about the job.

He suggests that when reaching out it's easier to ask for a reference than a job. “Don't put people in a position where they have to say no to you. Chances are, they won't have a job and they'll say no, which is uncomfortable.” Instead ask “Would you be willing to be a reference? Here's the great stuff I've been up to.” They'll feel flattered and there’s a better chance that they'll say yes to that request.

Don’t turn to your network only when you’re ready to change jobs. Indicate to them before then that you’re ready to share information and that you’re an expert in your field. Be prepared to give as much if not more value than you’re getting. If you hear about job opportunities that aren’t right for you, be able to suggest someone else, Rothenberg says.

Excellent sources for locating a job are alumnae associations, professional groups or associations you belong to and their publications, and friends in the industry. 

Useful Links

Indeed

Simply Hired

GreenTech Media

EcoJobs

GreenJobs

DOE

Debbie Sniderman is CEO of VI Ventures LLC, a technical consulting company.

In a disproportionate number of hires, there is some personal connection involved, even if the lead comes from an online source.

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March 2011

by Debbie Sniderman, ASME.org