Paint Your Career Green

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The Secret to Getting a Green Job Fast!

This guide is packed with information about the green jobs market, plus practical advice for achieving a green, in-demand opportunity. Inside you'll find

Tools for assessing your career direction and making a green career-change plan

A rundown of green certificate ...

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Overview

The Secret to Getting a Green Job Fast!

This guide is packed with information about the green jobs market, plus practical advice for achieving a green, in-demand opportunity. Inside you'll find

Tools for assessing your career direction and making a green career-change plan

A rundown of green certificate programs that offer retraining in a short time

Tips for researching green careers and employers

Advice on leveraging social networking to find green opportunities

Resume and cover letter tips for hitting the green angle without overdoing it

Interview strategies for career changers

Changing careers can be intimidating-particularly in an up-and-coming industry. Experts Schatt and Lobl provide a wealth of information and guidance to ensure your quick and rewarding transition into the growing green industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593578596
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

What Is a Green Job? 2

The Pressure on Companies to Paint Themselves Green 3

Government Legislation and Green Industries 5

It Can Be Easy Turning Green 6

It's Time for a Change 7

Chapter 1 The World Is Turning Green-Careers with a Future 8

Energy 8

Water Quality 19

Green Building and Construction 20

Green Transportation 22

Ecotourism 23

Green Education and Training 25

Green Careers Monitoring Environmental Conditions 26

Green Careers Changing the World 26

Working Close to Nature 27

Businesses with a Green Twist 29

New Green Occupations 30

Chapter 2 Careers and Career Changing 33

Choosing a Path 33

Think Before You Leap 36

The Right Way to Change Careers 39

What Is the Best Career Path for You? 41

How Your Career Change Affects Others 43

Chapter 3 Learning More About Yourself 44

Analyzing Your Accomplishments 44

Knowing What You Have to Offer 48

Additional Career Assessments 59

Find the Road That Gets You There 61

Chapter 4 Researching a New Environmental Career 62

A Checklist for Researching Career Options 62

Exploring Sustainable-Energy Career Careers 63

Exploring Outdoor Environmental Careers 66

Exploring Government Career Options 67

Exploring Grassroots Community Career Options 69

Exploring Green Transportation Options 70

Exploring Green Business 71

Researching Green Jobs In-Depth 73

The Value of Informational Interviews 79

Chapter 5 Developing a Plan 82

You Need Goals, Not Wishes 82

Take Charge of Marketing Yourself 83

Identify Your Career Goals 85

Set Your Goals 90

Chapter 6 Finding the Right Opportunity 96

Find the Right Company for You 96

Networking-the Old-Fashioned Way 104

Start Looking 109

Chapter 7 Social Networking 110

You're Closer Than You Realize 110

How to Network Successfully 112

Using Social Networking Sites 114

Hybrid Networking Is the Most Powerful Approach 125

Chapter 8 Writing Your Resume and Cover Letter 126

What Does a Resume Do? 126

Types of Resumes 128

Writing Your Resume, Section by Section 142

Electronic Resumes 152

Tips for Using Your Resume 153

Lining Up References 154

Writing Cover Letters 155

Chapter 9 Overcoming Interview Challenges 162

Two Ways to Ensure Success 162

Handling Interview Requests 163

Knowing What's Ahead: Types of Interviews 164

How to Prepare for the Interview 176

Acing the Interview 182

After the Interview 189

Chapter 10 Preparing for Your Green Career- Short-Term Training Opportunities 191

The Green Auto Industry 192

Green Buildings and Construction 193

Green Real Estate 195

Solar Installation 196

Wind Energy 196

Distance Learning 197

Boot Camps 198

Becoming a Green Activist or Advocate 199

Choose Your Program Wisely 200

Additional Training Opportunities 200

Chapter 11 Resources for Green Career Changers 214

Volunteer Organizations 214

Professional Associations 217

Environmental Job Websites 225

Index 228

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