Tag Archives: Career Advice

Insights from an impact sector recruiter

The political landscape spurs questions for people looking for their dream jobs in the impact sector. This moment presents unique challenges and opportunities for those interested in sustainability jobs, and an insider’s perspective on those challenges and opportunities can be invaluable. We recently hosted our annual webinar for ICRS with additional insights from Hanan Hanna, an Acre recruiter, and were impressed by the spot-on questions we received from the audience. “Are in-house sustainability roles on the rise, or are companies starting

Books for your impact jobseeker’s library

There are so many books out there for jobseekers, career changers and ‘what should I do with my life’-ers that it can feel overwhelming. Throw a sustainability, social impact, or corporate responsibility lens into the mix, and it’s even tougher to know where to start. Below are my reviews of two books that anyone asking themselves ‘What should I do when I want to do everything?’ should put on their wish-list!

Video blog: Targeting your dream job, layer by layer

What I call ‘peeling the sustainability onion’ is about clarifying the layers of sustainability so that you gain clarity about what you want and in what context. Let me walk you through this simple exercise so you can start targeting your dream job. Please let me know if I can help you convert your dream job into reality step-by-step. Photo credit: Unsplash via Pexels

How sustainability consulting differs from in-house roles

Many wanting to break into the sustainability field struggle to focus on the type of role that would fit them best. One client said they could see themselves working in consulting, in-house or for a non-profit.  That raises a red flag!  These are all very different cultures and offer very different roles within them.  So if you are trying to decide what is the best focus for you in order to develop a competitive story for the market, here are

Make and keep your career resolution

Almost every time I speak to a new client about why they want to move into an impact-driven career, they say, “I want to make a difference.” Sound familiar? As you think about your 2017 resolutions, why not set a goal to finally make that difference: to find a job that will empower you to do the work you really want to do and make an impact. You already may have a sense of what it is you really want,

8 sustainability leadership capabilities

I once attended a workshop that examined the issue of leadership for change: integrating sustainability into an institution’s core mission and transforming organizational identity, culture and processes to enable change. It was delivered by Leith Sharp, director of executive education for sustainability leadership at Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. She has 20 years’ experience greening universities all over the world and is the one-woman sustainability machine behind Harvard University’s green transformation. Sharp suggests that what’s really needed is “disruptive

The leadership movement starts with sustainability

As hiring trends show that most roles are being filled internally, HR managers need new tricks to assess talent in the sustainability space. The key is to identify individuals who are already creating change and exhibiting leadership through disruptive innovation. But who are these people, and where can they be found? Defining Leadership & Sustainability As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates Before HR or sustainability hiring managers can

How to get a ‘yes’ from your network

More than 50 percent of jobs are landed due to personal connections or referrals, so it is crucial to leverage your network of contacts for your professional development. Even though many people find networking to be intimidating, you don’t have to worry. Reaching out to your network doesn’t have to be scary and salesy. Think of it as a mutual friendship where you are simply reconnecting or offering something in exchange for a favor. You have to give a little

Top questions to ask in a job interview

You spent hours on your CV, targeted the right employers and positions, tackled the dreaded cover letter, and made it through the initial screening process. Then you landed the interview — congratulations! With sustainability jobs in high demand (most hiring managers receive an average of 200 applications per role) this is quite an accomplishment. You are getting close to the finish line but still need to give a great interview before you land your dream job. Before any interview (and

Translate your skills for a career in sustainability

We have come a long way from non-strategic philanthropic cheque writing and simple energy initiatives like “turn out the lights”. The Sustainability agenda has “grown-up”! Sustainability 2.0 is now focused on engagement, collaboration and innovation. Now innovative initiatives to engage change are driven by practioners with business skills, not necessarily techie environmental nerds.  It used to be you needed more technical training and specialist skills, but now the ever-widening field of Sustainability wants to know you understand “the business”. Hiring