Green jobs industry: It’s a new industry.
It’s been around for a long time, and it’s a booming one.
But if you’re looking to be part of the green jobs renaissance, you need to know how to attract green job opportunities, experts say.
So how do you get green jobs in 2017?
“Green job opportunities are growing all the time,” says Kimberly Soto, the director of Green Jobs America, a nonprofit that focuses on green job training and employment opportunities.
The job market is also getting more competitive.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in job openings in the last year or so, especially in the industrial and manufacturing sectors,” Soto says.
“And, I would say, there’s a significant number of people who are seeking green jobs as opposed to being green jobs.
So, there are definitely opportunities for new jobs.”
A green job is a career that is focused on environmental sustainability.
It involves being part of a community of people committed to reducing the environmental impact of their work and the community’s economic success, says Jill Stauffer, a Green Industry Icon and co-founder of the National Green Jobs Council.
“Green jobs can be the difference between a sustainable business that is able to create jobs and the business that isn’t able to,” she says.
In 2017, Soto and Stauff have a group of green job candidates in their offices in Washington, DC.
They’re looking for people with backgrounds in agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, construction, manufacturing operations, food service, and retail sales, among other jobs.
“There’s a lot of people that are interested in jobs that can help the green economy in the United States,” Sotos says.
Soto says the most important thing to do is be proactive about getting green job applicants in front of the hiring managers.
“If they’re willing to do that, then we can get them in front in the first place,” she said.
“They can help build our green economy and build a green workforce that is willing to work for a green economy.”
In addition to getting green-minded people in front, Sotos suggests looking for an environmental-minded job candidate.
“A lot of times when you hear people say, ‘Well, I want to be a farmer, I’m going to grow my own food,’ that doesn’t really resonate with a lot people.
So you have to be open and honest about what you want to do with your life,” she explains.
Sotos says the Green Jobs Association’s website offers some tips for hiring green job seekers.
“Just be proactive,” she advises.
“Be open to it, be honest, be flexible, be willing to give up some time, because it’s not all going to be roses for everybody.”
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