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One thing I stress with my job-seeking clients above all else is the importance of networking. While face-to-face contact is certainly ideal, there is no better tool out there to supercharge your networking strategy than LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn is by far the most effective way to connect (and reconnect) with your existing contacts, organically grow your professional network, and get found by potential employers. These days, a well-optimised LinkedIn profile is a must-have for any job seeker, so, don’t be left behind. If you already have a LinkedIn account, here are five tips I often share with my clients for leveraging LinkedIn for their sustainability job search.

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In today’s economic climate, more and more job seekers and career changers (laid off investment bankers, lawyers, consumer marketers, etc.) are trying to steer their career to the fast-growing sustainability and green markets.  Although there are more jobs than ever, there is also more competition, even for candidates with sustainability experience. But what if you don’t have an obvious track record of relevant accomplishments and knowledge?  Not to worry.  If you do it right you too can break into this exciting field.

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Using our list of the top ten sustainability recruitment agencies as a starting point, the next step for approaching a sustainability executive search firm is to choose a few agencies you’d like to approach based on their location and industry focus. Remember that a recruiter’s main concern is finding the best possible candidate for its client, so if your CV isn’t ready, or your elevator pitch isn’t polished, you are likely to be overlooked.

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There are so many green job boards on the web now that it can be overwhelming. So which ones are the best? Depending on the type of job you’re looking for and the location you’re targeting, some sites may be more helpful than others. To help you better navigate the green/sustainability job board terrain, I’ve provided a list of my 10 favouritesites listed in alphabetical order with most either focused on the US or UK markets.

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A Guest Post by Joy Adams Ehrensberger

Joy Adams Ehrensberger has five years of experience in community and economic development project management. In 2006, Joy graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a master’s degree in public policy focused on political and economic development. She currently resides in London, England. [/note]

When I first learned that I would be moving from San Francisco to London in early 2011, I was excited. Although I had been to Europe before, now I would actually have the chance to live there and experience all that it had to offer. At the same time I was worried about moving so far away from my friends and family. I was also worried about finding a job. Without a network in the UK, I wondered where I would look for a job, and how I would make contacts.

Now, 9 months after arriving, I have a great job that I love at a global bank, which has helped me break into CSR through supporting a corporate mentoring programme.

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Today’s business school graduates are tomorrow’s leaders, but do they have the skills necessary to lead our society toward a more sustainable future? The Sky Future Leaders survey details the numerous ways that tomorrow’s business leaders identify themselves as the first ‘sustainable generation’. The survey of 750 corporate graduate trainees, high potential middle-managers and MBA students found that a large portion of these current and future business leaders believe in the importance of incorporating sustainability in business practices as well as in their own careers.  For example, 96% of respondents plan on being involved with sustainability in their careers, and 79% of cited the vision and values of a company as an important factor when looking at potential employers.

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Many candidates 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 to me!  These are all very different cultures, contexts 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 five ways that consulting is very different from in-house positions.

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When asked why they want to work in sustainability, 98% of my career coaching clients say “to make a difference.”  Some word it as “to have positive impact,” “to create a future for our children,” “to save the planet,” or even simply, “to give back.” As values-based practitioners it’s important for us to “walk the talk” in our personal, as well as professional lives.  Whatever your personal motivation is for feeling drawn to this expanding field of sustainability, you need to ask yourself: How do I prove my commitment to sustainability outside of work?  I call it strategic volunteering – volunteering which leverages your core skills, allows you to achieve tangible impacts and allows you to build upon a network.

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Cover letters, as we know them, are obsolete. We are in the age of Twitter and blogs and text messages. No hiring manager, HR manager or recruiter has time or attention to droll through dense text populating more than a page. Our communication mediums are all about short and sweet, and cover letters are no exception – one page with lots of white space and short sentences. There are 3 reasons to keep your cover letter short and sweet:

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