CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 19, 2013
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How to Get Your First Environmental Job

If you are about to graduate from your studies in an environmentally related subject or you have already graduated, you will need to begin the process of searching for employment. Finding employment in any sector upon graduation is currently no easy feat, as the global economic recession has had a significant impact on the employment sector.

Nevertheless there are certain measures that you can adopt as a job seeker in order to ensure that you achieve job seeker success.

Network

Networking is one of the most effective strategies for gaining job seeker success. Whether in face-to-face settings or via the internet, networking is a valuable tool that enables job seekers to build strong relations with people operating in their industry of expertise.

Use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter to build relations. You should also attend as many environmental networking events and workshops as possible, and keep track of any industry related events that may be coming up shortly.

When attending, be sure to mix with as many industry professionals as possible. Engage in conversation with them, ask for their business card and request a follow up meeting. Gaining and maintaining contact with your networks is crucial during the job seeker process.

Build experience

Gain as much experience as possible. This will help you to build up your CV and appear as unique and appealing as possible when applying for vacancies. Whether you choose to undertake an environmental internship or travel overseas for a voluntary project, it is fundamental that you gain as much experience as possible prior to applying for jobs.

Tweak your CV or resume

Tweak your CV so that it is as finely tuned and relevant to your job applications as possible. Ensure that it is consistently related to environmental employment and experiences.

Gain access to your national environmental job board

 

Gain access to your national environment job board. In doing so, you will have access to the most relevant and up-to-date vacancies available. 

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