You might be a pro when it comes to knowing how to job search. But do you know how to find “green” jobs?
This is actually an important skill because the number of environmental job postings across the country is increasing dramatically, according to a recent feature story by PRWeb.
According to the story, the Green Job Bank – an online listing of environmentally friendly green jobs – reported a significant increase in the number of green job postings in the first quarter of 2012 when compared to the same quarter in 2011.
Green Jobs on the Rise
The green job search engine found 36,500 green job postings during the first quarter of 2012. That’s more than double the 16,300 green jobs it found during the first quarter of 2011.
The Green Job Bank indexes green jobs from a variety of Web-based sources, including the sites of employers, recruiters, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and job boards, according to the PRWeb story.
This should encourage job seekers who want to work in an environmentally friendly job. But even if you know how to get a job, do you know how to land a green job?
Where the Green Jobs Are
The best piece of job search advice is to look in the states in which green jobs are most frequent. According to the Green Job Bank, that would be California, which ranked first with 1,900 active green jobs as of early April. Texas came in second place with 745 green jobs, while New York ranked third with 648. The top 10 was rounded out with Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia, Washington DC, and Illinois.
If you want to land a green job, you’ll have to posses the skills that green employers are looking for. The most common companies offering green jobs are those providing solar power, energy-management services, those associated with the federal government, and those committed to rebuilding the country’s energy infrastructure. If you want a green job, then, it helps to have an energy or engineering background.
Show Your Passion for Green
Of course, you’ll also need to show passion for the environment during job interviews. Don’t be afraid to talk about your commitment to environmental issues. Hiring managers will appreciate your passion.
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