Accelerate Your Green & Clean Tech Job Search       Leonard Adler, Green Jobs Network       Greg Schreiner, Redfish Techno...
Agenda                     • Tips for Your                       Green Job Search (Leonard)                     • Transiti...
Agenda                     • Tips for Your Green Job Search                       (Leonard)                       – Overvi...
Presentation Objective• Objective of this presentation is to provide practical tips  for locating opportunities in the gre...
Green Jobs Definition• In this presentation, "green jobs" will be defined as full-  time, part-time, or internship opportu...
Green Jobs Definition                          Source: Pew Charitable Trusts     Green Jobs Network
Realistic and Optimistic• Reality check: We’re in  the midst of a recession.• Reasons to be optimistic:  You’re interested...
Agenda                     •   Overview                     •   Part 1: Job Boards                     •   Part 2: The Hid...
General Job Boards• These are broad-based boards that cover  many industries and sectors, and which will  include green jo...
General Job Boards
Green Job Boards• A variety of job boards focus on opportunities  related to environmental or social  responsibility. Thes...
Green Job Boards
Green Internship Boards
Green Job Search Engines
Agenda                     •   Overview                     •   Part 1: Job Boards                     •   Part 2: The Hid...
Understanding the           Hidden Green Job Market• In some instances employers may not publicize a job  opportunity via ...
Go Direct (1 of 3)• Some organizations may publish job listings on their  website, but not necessarily conduct additional ...
Go Direct (2 of 3)1. Review membership lists or other resources from   relevant industry associations. For example, the   ...
Go Direct (3 of 3)3. Review relevant industry publications and   websites. These publications may contain news   stories m...
Go Direct
Go Direct (Example)
Go Direct (Government)
Build Your Network, Build Your LuckLucky people are effective in building secure, and long-lasting, attachments with the p...
Build Your Network, Build Your Luck
Networking: Offline• There are a vast number of approaches and  strategies for networking, including:   – Attending events...
Networking: Offline
Networking: Online• There are an increasing number of job opportunities  posted via online social media channels. For  exa...
Networking: Online
E-mail Lists• There are a number of specialized e-mail lists  that distribute job postings. A number of  these list are fr...
E-mail ListsGreen Jobs Network
Recruiters• As with job boards, there are an increasing  number of recruiters that focus on careers  pertaining to sustain...
Recruiters
Academic Institutions• Academic institutions offer a range of job-related  resources for their students and graduates. The...
Academic Institutions
Agenda                     •   Overview                     •   Part 1: Job Boards                     •   Part 2: The Hid...
Follow the Money• One method to identify potential future green jobs is to  identify where investments are being made toda...
Follow the Money
Follow the Startups• New enterprises can be a source for potential future job  opportunities. Some strategies for identify...
Follow the Startups• Green and Social Entreprenuership Awards, Fellowships,  Incubators, and Accelerators. These program v...
Follow the Startups
Thank You & Stay Connected!   Green Jobs Network  Connecting People with Opportunity            GreenJobs.net         Leon...
Q&A: Resources for Women
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Accelerategreenjobs 10032012

  1. 1. Accelerate Your Green & Clean Tech Job Search Leonard Adler, Green Jobs Network Greg Schreiner, Redfish Technology
  2. 2. Agenda • Tips for Your Green Job Search (Leonard) • Transitioning From High Tech to Clean Tech (Greg)Green Jobs Network GreenJobs.net
  3. 3. Agenda • Tips for Your Green Job Search (Leonard) – Overview – Part 1: Job Boards – Part 2: The Hidden Green Job Market – Part 3: Future Green JobsGreen Jobs Network GreenJobs.net
  4. 4. Presentation Objective• Objective of this presentation is to provide practical tips for locating opportunities in the green jobs sector.• These tips come from my personal experience as a job seeker as well as insights from others.• Topics that this presentation isn’t intended to focus on: – Career self-assessment and related issues – Resume & cover letter tips, interviewing, salary negotiation – Certifications and green job education & training – Starting a green business Green Jobs Network
  5. 5. Green Jobs Definition• In this presentation, "green jobs" will be defined as full- time, part-time, or internship opportunities that provide a social or environmental benefit.• This definition reflects a broad view of sustainability and includes areas such as fair trade and corporate social responsibility.• Green jobs can be in the public, private, or non-profit sector and includes work in areas such as energy efficiency, green building, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, recycling, and renewable energy. Green Jobs Network
  6. 6. Green Jobs Definition Source: Pew Charitable Trusts Green Jobs Network
  7. 7. Realistic and Optimistic• Reality check: We’re in the midst of a recession.• Reasons to be optimistic: You’re interested in a sector that is part of growing macro trends. Opportunities for technical and non- technical jobs. Source: Pew Charitable Trusts Green Jobs Network
  8. 8. Agenda • Overview • Part 1: Job Boards • Part 2: The Hidden Green Job Market • Part 3: Future Green JobsGreen Jobs Network GreenJobs.net
  9. 9. General Job Boards• These are broad-based boards that cover many industries and sectors, and which will include green jobs. These include sites including Career One-Stops, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, Indeed, Monster, Simply Hired, Yahoo HotJobs. Green Jobs Network
  10. 10. General Job Boards
  11. 11. Green Job Boards• A variety of job boards focus on opportunities related to environmental or social responsibility. These include: – General green job boards – Niche green job boards – Nonprofit and other specialty boards• Green Jobs Network maintains a list of these boards to assist job seekers. Green Jobs Network
  12. 12. Green Job Boards
  13. 13. Green Internship Boards
  14. 14. Green Job Search Engines
  15. 15. Agenda • Overview • Part 1: Job Boards • Part 2: The Hidden Green Job Market • Part 3: Future Green Jobs • ConclusionGreen Jobs Network GreenJobs.net
  16. 16. Understanding the Hidden Green Job Market• In some instances employers may not publicize a job opportunity via a traditional online job board for reasons such as: – Capacity: A young company may not have a complete human resources department. – Time: A company may not be able to invest the internal human resources needed to review a large number of applicants that could arise with a broad-based posting• Some of the additional sources and strategies to locate green jobs are listed on the next slides. Green Jobs Network
  17. 17. Go Direct (1 of 3)• Some organizations may publish job listings on their website, but not necessarily conduct additional external recruitment for candidates.• To access these opportunities job seekers should identify organizations they would be interested in working for and review the Jobs or Careers section of their website for potential jobs.• Strategies to identify organizations are listed on the next slides. Green Jobs Network
  18. 18. Go Direct (2 of 3)1. Review membership lists or other resources from relevant industry associations. For example, the American Solar Energy Society provides a list of solar employers. A list of some industry associations is available on Green Collar Blog.2. Review the list of exhibitors or presenters at industry conferences. For example, hundreds of organizations attend the Green Festival held in various cities in the US. Green Jobs Network
  19. 19. Go Direct (3 of 3)3. Review relevant industry publications and websites. These publications may contain news stories mentioning potential employers. Examining the companies who advertise in such publications may also be valuable.4. Review national or local lists and directories of green businesses. Some examples include the Bay Area Green Business Program and the National Green Pages. Green Jobs Network
  20. 20. Go Direct
  21. 21. Go Direct (Example)
  22. 22. Go Direct (Government)
  23. 23. Build Your Network, Build Your LuckLucky people are effective in building secure, and long-lasting, attachments with the people they meet. Theyare easy to know and most people like them. They tendto be trusting and form close relationships with others.As a result, they often keep in touch with a much largernumber of friends and colleagues than unlucky people.And time and again, this network of friends helpspromote opportunity in their lives. -- Richard Wiseman, The Luck Factor
  24. 24. Build Your Network, Build Your Luck
  25. 25. Networking: Offline• There are a vast number of approaches and strategies for networking, including: – Attending events by groups such as GreenDrinks – Participating in the local chapter of a national organization such as the American Solar Energy Society – Attending programs or conferences.• There are also internet-based approaches to networking (see next section).
  26. 26. Networking: Offline
  27. 27. Networking: Online• There are an increasing number of job opportunities posted via online social media channels. For example, all groups on LinkedIn include a "Jobs" tab where job opportunities can be posted.• Company representatives (including hiring managers) may use social media to conduct their own outreach for potential candidates. Green Jobs Network
  28. 28. Networking: Online
  29. 29. E-mail Lists• There are a number of specialized e-mail lists that distribute job postings. A number of these list are free for job seekers to join, including EnviJobs, Green Job List, and YNPN. Green Jobs Network
  30. 30. E-mail ListsGreen Jobs Network
  31. 31. Recruiters• As with job boards, there are an increasing number of recruiters that focus on careers pertaining to sustainability. A number of these organizations will post positions for which they are currently seeking candidates. Green Jobs Network
  32. 32. Recruiters
  33. 33. Academic Institutions• Academic institutions offer a range of job-related resources for their students and graduates. These include access to job listings and job fairs. – In the past academic year green career fairs have been held by institutions including the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and Stanford University.• Academic institutions can also be a source of networking opportunities as well as career guidance. Green Jobs Network
  34. 34. Academic Institutions
  35. 35. Agenda • Overview • Part 1: Job Boards • Part 2: The Hidden Green Job Market • Part 3: Future Green Jobs • ConclusionGreen Jobs Network GreenJobs.net
  36. 36. Follow the Money• One method to identify potential future green jobs is to identify where investments are being made today. This can be a productive strategy as these investments may lead to the development of new enterprises that have jobs. Specific approaches include: – Identifying private sector investment. VC firms, private equity firms, and corporations are all making significant investments in existing or new enterprises in the green sector. The recipients of these investment may be sources of future (or even current) job opportunities. Sources to learn about these investments include The Cleantech Group, Earth2Tech, GreenBeat, Greentech Media, and Green VC.
  37. 37. Follow the Money
  38. 38. Follow the Startups• New enterprises can be a source for potential future job opportunities. Some strategies for identifying these are:• Green and Social Venture Business Plan Competitions. These programs are organized by business schools and other groups and are generally geared to ventures at an early stage of development. These include programs such as the Clean Tech Open and the Global Social Venture Competition. – Job seekers can review the list of entrants and winners of these competitions as potential future sources of jobs. In addition, job seekers may consider entering a competition or joining the team of an entrant (some competitions offer mixers to facilitate team recruitment). A list of some of these competitions is on Green VC. Green Jobs Network
  39. 39. Follow the Startups• Green and Social Entreprenuership Awards, Fellowships, Incubators, and Accelerators. These program vary and include cash prizes for one-time contests, seed funding for new ventures, and later-stage funding for existing organizations. These include programs such as Echoing Green, Greenstart, and the Skoll Award for Social Entreprenuership. – As with business plan competitions, job seekers can review the list of winners of these programs as potential future sources of jobs. A list of some of these programs is available on Green VC. Green Jobs Network
  40. 40. Follow the Startups
  41. 41. Thank You & Stay Connected! Green Jobs Network Connecting People with Opportunity GreenJobs.net Leonard Adler, CEO leonard@greenjobs.net (510) 768-7011
  42. 42. Q&A: Resources for Women

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