EJN's Top Ten Tips for Obtaining an Environmental Job
Based on the Environmental Careers Workshop, hosted by the Environmental Jobs Network, 2006 Sustainable Living Festival
Tips for finding an environmental job
- Build your knowledge of your industry of interest - Attend relevant events and lectures, and take the opportunity to network.
- Further build your knowledge of your industry of interest - Read relevant publications and talk to someone who has the job you'd like to have.
- Add to your CV - Volunteering, graduate programs, cadetships, mentorships and extra education courses.
- Create networks - Get to know and to be known within your industry of interest and get your foot in the door of unadvertised positions. Do this by actively pursuing tips 1, 2 and 3.
- Be specific about the volunteering you do - Take on roles that would be suitable in the career you want, gives you on the job experience and something specific to add to your CV.
- Only apply for jobs you really want - But keep in mind positions which might be able to build skills you need.
- Put in the effort - Individually write and tailor your resume, key selection criteria and cover letter for each job you apply for.
- In the interview - Know about the job position and the employer.
- Put your strengths, interests and passions forward - When interviewing, volunteering and at all networking opportunities, be enthusiastic and show your passion!
- Be clear about career goals / career of choice - Really think about what it is you are looking for in a career / industry and then follow steps 1 to 9 to get there.
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