How to Find Green Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley

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Steps for assessing where you fit into green tech, for making your skills fit, and for finding job postings.

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How to Find Green Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley

  1. 1. How to Find Green Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley SueAnn Spencer
  2. 2. Why Should You Read This? <ul><li>Because you want to understand what green tech jobs are. </li></ul><ul><li>Because you want ideas about where to look. </li></ul><ul><li>Because you want a roadmap for finding a green job. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Organizations and URLs provided are only a few examples of what is available. You will find many more resources once you start looking for them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Contents <ul><li>1. Identify your area of interest . . . . 4 </li></ul><ul><li>2. Learn about your area of interest . . . . 12 </li></ul><ul><li>3 . Establish your credentials . . . . 18 </li></ul><ul><li>4. Apply for jobs . . . . 21 </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Identify Your Area of Interest <ul><li>Engineering and Mechanics </li></ul><ul><li>Building, Design, and Energy Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental, Health, and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Land and Natural Resources Management </li></ul><ul><li>Science and Physical Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Business Services </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Learn About Your Area of Interest <ul><li>Know what employers need. </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Know What Employers Need <ul><li>Specialized training for green functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traditional skills for traditional business functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administration and Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finance and Human Resources </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Do Your Research (1 of 3) <ul><li>Network in your area of interest. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face-to-face events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conduct information interviews. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Do Your Research (2 of 3) <ul><li>Visit online green job sites. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.greencareercentral.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sustainablebusiness.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cleantechies.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.acterra.org/findanswers/careers/careers_industries.html </li></ul><ul><li>Read. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cleantechies.com/cleantech-books/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Jobs Guidebook http://www.edf.org/cagreenjobs </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Do Your Research (3 of 3) <ul><li>Track federal stimulus money. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 http://www.recovery.gov/sites/default/files/FINALQ1_ARRA_Report.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What information is reported by local news outlets? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you learn when you network? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 3. Establish Your Credentials <ul><li>Get training. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your resume. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Get Training <ul><li>Learn New Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt Your Existing Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental, Health, and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learn New Skills <ul><li>Colleges and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Community colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul>
  13. 13. Adapt Your Existing Skills <ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendor classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City and county programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.greencorps.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.cleantechopen.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.connexion.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.sustainovation.org </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Prepare Your Resume <ul><li>Revise your resume to reflect the green skills you already have. </li></ul><ul><li>Add your new skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Update your LinkedIn profile. </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain an expert review. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 4. Apply for Jobs <ul><li>Ask your network to tell you about jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for job openings. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ask Your Network to Tell You About Jobs <ul><li>People you know </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn connections </li></ul>
  17. 17. Look for Job Openings <ul><li>Search online for green jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to green job fairs. </li></ul><ul><li>http://california.greenjobs.net </li></ul><ul><li>Use green employment agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>http://certifiedgreentech.com/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>http://cleantechies.com/cleantech-job-search-career-services/ </li></ul><ul><li>Find businesses with environmentally friendly practices. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Businesses Directory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.greenbiz.ca.gov/ShopGreen.html </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Questions? Feedback? <ul><li>Contact me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/sueannspencer . </li></ul>

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