Strategies to Green Your Resume - dummies

Strategies to Green Your Resume

By Carol L. McClelland

Part of Green Careers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Green employers want to see evidence that your values and actions align with the company’s mission. Here are terrific actions you can take and then add to your resume to demonstrate your commitment to a green/clean/sustainable future: Incorporating your green and sustainable actions into your resume is key to landing an interview in the green economy.

Using your target job as your guide, highlight your most persuasive green experiences in your cover letter, the summary statement at the top of your resume, your job-related accomplishments, and the education section of your resume. When you land an interview, be ready to talk in detail about the green elements of your background.

  • Take classes to expand what you know about sustainability.

  • Earn a green certificate or degree to strengthen your credibility.

  • Donate your time to a green organization to build your skills.

  • Volunteer for the green team at work to make a difference.

  • Take on a leadership role on a green project to demonstrate you have the skills to take the initiative on something pertinent to the green economy.

  • Calculate the impact your green efforts have had.

  • Green how you do your current job.

  • Land an internship in your target industry.

  • Negotiate with an eco-friendly company to offer your services pro bono.