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3 Tricks for building your career

Here’s some candid, creative, real-world advice about how to break into impact work without a lot of direct experience: Be smart with the communications tools at your disposal Sustainability professionals need great communication skills, so use yours to start a conversation with potential employers through social media. It’s critical to use all the tools at your disposal to develop an engaged, online presence and start piecing together a circle of contacts. Twitter and blogging are fantastic ways to do this

By Shannon Houde
3 Tricks for building your career

Here’s some candid, creative, real-world advice about how to break into impact work without a lot of direct experience: Be smart with the communications tools at your disposal Sustainability professionals need great communication skills, so use yours to start a conversation with potential employers through social media. It’s critical to use all the tools at your disposal to develop an engaged, online presence and start piecing together a circle of contacts. Twitter and blogging are fantastic ways to do this

By Shannon Houde
Future Proof for 2020: Do You Have the Top 5 Sustainability Skills to Survive?

Last year, the World Economic Forum produced a report on the ‘Future of Jobs’, in which they outlined the 10 skills we’ll all be needing by 2020. I was revisiting this report recently for an executive coaching project I’m working on, and got to thinking about what their projections mean for the sustainability jobs market. How can sustainability professionals be 2020-ready? How can organizations future-proof their hiring strategies?  It’s clear that the trends the report identifies are being felt already:

By Shannon Houde
Video tip: Walk me through your resume

There is one question you will always get asked in an interview, and it is the easiest one to muck up: Walk me through your resume…

By Shannon Houde
How to network better than you flirt

Walking up to a potential new contact at a conference, or cold calling someone on the phone, is often the most intimidating part of networking for jobseekers. It’s hard to make the first move and much easier to keep yourself out of a vulnerable situation. However, if you’re looking to make a career move into sustainability, corporate responsibility or the green economy, in-person networking remains the best way to convert potential opportunities into real jobs. So, if you tend to

By Shannon Houde
6 Tips to Make Salary Negotiations Go Your Way

Talking numbers can be an awkward and nerve-wracking experience. But you need to roll those shoulders back and put on your brave face because — as you well know — once you are in an organization it is difficult to make a big jump in salary. That is why you need to negotiate your worth at the very start. Knock-out your next stint in the hot seat with these 6 tips: 1.Don’t rush Don’t talk numbers until after the hiring

By Shannon Houde
Being remembered is about bringing your sustainability story to life

I always start coaching with the scariest question “What do you do?” (which is similar to the interview question, “walk me through your resume”).  It is a set-up question. Which, as simple as it is, throws us off.  It makes us uncomfortable.  But, if well-thought through, authentic and well-practiced, will be a short and impactful career story.  Many of us blow it.  We either lead with our name, title and company name (boring!!!) or we drone on and on about our passions,

By Shannon Houde
6 Tips to loosen up and land the job

You did it! Your killer CV, brilliant phone interview, and smart bio have gotten you to the final interview. You know the company, you know the job, you can do the job and even love it. Now you have one more chance to “wow.” Stay calm, cool, and collected to land your dream job with these 6 prep tips: Breathe I am a meditator who finds grounding in daily (well, almost daily) spiritual practice. You too have probably heard about

By Shannon Houde
Work, happiness and the path to an impact career

Sometimes our craving for something new and unknown is what keeps us from feeling happy with what we have. But while it is important to resist the urge for change simply for change’s sake, it is equally important to continue challenging ourselves in order to grow professionally, and thereby feel happy. Reality check In figuring out whether to stay or go, it’s useful to unpack the difference between the perceived reality of what a job change might look like and

By Shannon Houde
Landing a Google dream job

I advise all my clients that you can make a career change — but you can’t change everything all at once. Together, work through interim steps, building the experience, skills, clout and relationships and that will ultimately put their career on the path to that dream role.

By Shannon Houde
Just give me the gist, but not too short

You’re at a leading industry conference getting a free-trade banana from the display of otherwise fattening snacks, and looking around to catch eyes with someone and “network”. Ahhhh! All of a sudden you see your dream boss, your top influencer. You brave it, walk over, introduce yourself and they are engaged. They ask you simply,   “So, what do you DO?”  Your heart rate goes up, you start to fidgit, and then…freeze.  It seems like such a simple question (like the

By Shannon Houde
Dominate your job search with this LinkedIn guide

Did you know that 97% of human resources and staffing professionals use LinkedIn to search for candidates and that 77% of all job openings are posted there? Making the most of your profile with this Linkedin guide will be one of the best investments you’ll make in your job search and ongoing career and network development. But first… Before you put fingertip to keyboard, take a few minutes to read and digest the following five tips. You’ve got one chance to

By Shannon Houde