March 31, 2014

How to Green Your Job Search & Career Path

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No matter how many water bottles you’ve thrown away or lights you’ve left turned on, it’s never too late to live with eco-enthusiasm, starting with your career. Since you’ve already outfitted your home with eco-friendly solutions like solar thermal systems and panels, why not go green with your full-time job? Now you can live and work with eco-enthusiasm. The following guide can help galvanize your eco-conscious career.


Eco-friendly Job Searching Tips

Eco-friendly awareness and making simple, smart choices while job searching can support your green efforts. Here’s how.

  • Go digital.

Search for free job applications on job search sites, attach resumes as a PDF, submit online applications, and use LinkedIn tools. Even Skype interviews can reduce the carbon footprint of job searching by lowering gas usage.

  • Create a website as an online portfolio to showcase work samples.

Share it with an employer during an interview on your own tablet. You can even include a QR code on a business card, resume or cover letter to direct an HR manager to your Google+ page, for example.

  • Reduce the harmful environmental effects of PC consumption.

When you’re not job searching or networking on your computer, make sure it resorts to automatic sleep mode. Keep your monitor’s brightness low, and use a laptop over a desktop. Laptops are more energy-efficient because of the slim design and light weight.


Earth-friendly Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines green jobs as “jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources,” as well as “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.” Green jobs include green goods and services, technologies and practices.

If you’re searching for a new and more environmentally impactful profession, check out the following eco-friendly professions. highlights these in-demand jobs that can green your future career path.

  • Organic Farmer

Demand for organically produced goods steadily inclines; industry experts estimate that in 2012, U.S. organic food sales reached $28 billion, according to the United States Department of Agriculture by the Economic Research Service. Organic produce and dairy led organic sales by 43 and 15 percent of total organic sales, respectively, in 2012. Meet market demand by providing your community with healthy foods free of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • Landscaper

Make over green lawns with eco-friendly landscaping techniques that help reduce excess water and pesticides. As a professional landscaper, you can apply money-saving and energy-conserving landscaping methods, including shading, windbreaks, green materials, snow control and solar polar.

  • Renewable Energy Engineer

If you have a background in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering, you can use your expert training to improve the use of natural energy sources and create a more sustainable energy future. Renewable energy engineers will make an environmental difference while meeting demands for cleaner wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower resources.

Other green opportunities include energy-efficient builders and architects, “ecopreneurship,” green investment adviser, alternative energy sales, and urban planner, identifies You can also increase your sustainability efforts by working for an ecocentric company. ranks the best global green brands, and The Globe And Mail highlights the greenest Canadian employers in 2013.


About the author:
Charlene Parks
Charlene is an environmental lawyer, runner, book lover.


March 24, 2014

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Career: How To Be The CEO

business corporate team on a ladder of success over an abstract sky

Visions of corporate leadership and more zeros on a paycheck can help an entry-level employee survive the workdays. It’s the “paying your dues” and “work hard” mentality that keeps employees on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder motivated for more. For someone who dreams of being CEO, how can you sprint to the top rungs of the ladder, rather than climb?

Justin Hutchens moved from being a resident assistant at an intermediate care facility at age 19 to CEO of National Health Investors at age 36. Hutchens shares with that his father’s advice helped him fast forward up the proverbial corporate ladder. Always do your best, despite the level of your responsibilities, and take the undesirable assignments others wouldn’t want. Broadening your skills, willingness to relocate, and flexibility are also top traits that can boost a person’s marketability, says Hutchens.

Even if you’re not making a steady vertical ascent up the ladder, lateral moves and positions offering growth opportunities can support career expansion, development and advancement. Here are more adjustments you can make in your profession to help charge ahead in your career.

Continuing Education

Continuing your education broadens your skill set and professional training. Complement you marketing background and entrepreneurial spirit with formal management as well as financial and organizational training. Especially since you’ve already experienced the workforce, you can return to school with clearer goals and sharper focus. Returning to school doesn’t have to be a full-time endeavor like your four-year, on-campus undergrad experience with high tuition costs. There are online college options you can research. Penn Foster, for example, equips students with a business management associate degree with up to 76 percent less costs than and traditional and online academic alternatives.

Goal Oriented

An indecisive career path and aimless job hopping can be a time-waster. If you’re bouncing around in your career like a pinball in an arcade game, you’re doing it wrong. Career coach Ford Myers emphasizes that you need a roadmap or blueprint to achieve your full potential, according to “How To Fast-Track Your Way Up The Corporate Ladder,” by Create short-term goals along with a long-term vision. Think about the greater picture beyond your limitations. Determine the pinnacle of your career, and then establish the steps that will get you there. Keep in mind, performing like someone in a higher position can attract the potential for a promotion and showcase your abilities to take the next step. Don’t lose sight of your current role, but think and act a level higher, recommends business consultant Lynette Lewis.

Positive Work Behavior

Attitude and personality traits are just as pivotal as education and a plan. An extroverted CEO-in-the-making will possess the following qualities:

  • Communicates effectively; makes deals and decisions
  • Garners respect
  • Sees a cohesive vision and can create a strategy
  • Acts with self-confidence and self-knowledge
  • Adapts and accommodates to unforeseen changes
  • Works well independently and as a team
  • Listens and responds
  • Energizes, innovates and excites
  • Expresses appreciation and gratitude

Manager & Company Objectives

Understand the values and priorities of your boss and company. Do your efforts align with their goals and objectives? Completing your responsibilities and meeting (exceeding) expectations while taking initiative reflects exemplary leadership qualities. Don’t be afraid to step beyond your role to learn about the high-priority funded projects. Create visibility for yourself by having a hand in projects that greatly influence the business of your company. Not only should you execute, you should initiate as well. Over time, you’ll gain valuable experience that will teach you about risk, opportunity and how to move into not only a managerial position, but eventually a chief executive role.


About the Author:

Ruth Harris is a long HR consultant, service manager, and mother of three.


March 17, 2014

Don’t Push Your Luck with a Leprechaun – Avoid Negotiating Yourself Out of an Offer

By Leah O’Flynn – Irish Lass and Tech Recruiter Extraordinaire

Did you know that you need to be very careful when negotiating with a leprechaun? Once you catch him or her, make sure your three wishes are reasonable and count your blessings. Don’t get ahead of yourself because you are “lucky”. (more…)


March 3, 2014

What to Include in Your Cover Letter


Two weeks ago, we published “What NOT to include in Your Cover Letter” and got more hits in a week than many of our articles have gotten all year! Thanks for the read!check

This week, let’s look at what you should include in your cover letter.


Convince the hiring manager that you truly want to work there. Tell them specifically why this is your dream job or why you think the company is the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread. Make it personal, make it compelling, tell a story that makes you stand out. If you can paint a picture that makes you look like the ideal candidate and the best thing since sliced bread, you’ve got an in. Show your excitement and make the hiring manager excited to meet you.


You as the Solution 

A lot of people might be able to do this job, why are you the best choice? Show that you meet the requirements for the position and that you align with the company’s goals. Tell the reader: How can you make immediate impacts? How can you solve the hiring manager’s problem? What can you do to fulfill and surpass the job responsibilities? While your resume will list your accomplishments in each of your roles, what can you highlight here that is particularly relevant to this position with this company? This is an opportunity to showcase how your particular experience differentiates you from the multitude of other applicants. (more…)


February 17, 2014

What NOT to Include in Your Cover Letter



Spelling and grammar mistakes

This should be obvious, I know. But really, please re-read your letter don’t just count on Microsoft spell check and proof your grammar for you. There are many mixed up homophones and cognates, abused apostrophes, and careless typos that can slip in. Like brushing your hair and teeth before leaving the house, your cover letter should be properly proofed to ensure it’s ready to go out.

Incorrect title for the position you are applying for

Job seekers often use a cover letter they have previously written and then re-edit it when applying to a new position. This is ill-advised as it can be quite risky if all the variables are not updated correctly, such as the title of the job you are after. If you can’t take the time to make sure the letter targets the position you want, do you think you are conveying true desire for the position? (more…)

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