Post by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada
Want to make the most of your job search? Here are 7 ways you can jump-start your environmental career.
1. Become a pre-approved intern for ECO Canada’s Internship Program.
Target the companies you want to work for and be able to offer your potential employer the added bonus of not only getting to hire you for their team, but also receiving a free wage-subsidy when they do.
Once you’ve been pre-approved for a wage-subsidy, let employers know! You could mention it in your cover letter and at interviews. If an interview has gone particularly well, let an employer know how they can apply to be a job funding host.
2. Build a strong professional network
In a recent study, we found that 65% of environmental employers used personal contacts or referrals to find their recruits.
Build a professional network that will help you get hired by:
- Attending industry and networking events
- Joining relevant professional groups
- Volunteering for organizations in your area of interest
- Researching environmental employers you may want to work for
3. Customize your résumé and cover letter to the environmental sector
Tailor your résumé and cover letter to include key words and tasks that relate to the job you’re applying for. ECO Canada now offers practical and tailored job seeking advice with our Essentials For Job Seekers an online course that prepares you to land an environmental job.
4. Create an effective personal brand online
A growing number of employers look for candidates online, especially through professional networks like LinkedIn.
5. Boost your soft skills
Learn more about what courses are available
6. Be flexible
7. Follow-up to get results
After you apply for a position, follow-up with a phone call introducing yourself, mentioning your interest in the job, and providing three reasons why you would be a great fit.
If you recently interviewed for a position and didn’t receive the job, politely ask the interviewer for feedback on how you did and what you could improve. Many of your fellow applicants will not take this extra step, so it’s a great way to stand out from the competition.
What other job seeking and professional development tips would you add to this list?