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In her August column on GreenBiz.com, Shannon councils an investment banker looking to make a career change into impact investing. She discusses the findings in Acre’s 2014 CRS Salary Survey (Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability) and their implications for those looking to break into the impact sector.

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VERGE, a global event series organised by GreenBiz.com, will host its 2014 conference in San Francisco this 27-30 October. According to its hosts, “VERGE brings together thought leaders and a diverse group of sustainability, facilities, and technology executives and entrepreneurs to explore the opportunities for radical efficiencies at the intersection of sustainability and tech.”

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This June’s Dear Shannon column on GreenBiz.com, Shannon councils a career changer on how to make the transition into an impact role. After all, when it comes to a job search, there is rarely a one-size-fits-all-approach. From impact investing and social entrepreneurship, to intreprenuership and the non-profit sector, there are many ways to leverage the experience you already have to break into the sector.

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Leadership or executive business coaching is a hot topic at the moment. Most executives want to hire a coach to help them perform better, but hold back because this idea isn’t embedded in business norms. According to a recent report from Stanford Business School, there is a stigma that executive coaching is “remedial,” as opposed to performance-enhancing. As a result, CSOs end up missing out on an important piece of their leadership development.

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There are a million reasons NOT to look for a new job, even if you are unhappy in your current role or want to change careers. It is a lot of work! You have to figure out how your skills will translate, what the market is like now and how you will find the time for a job search while already in a demanding role.

However with the right approach, making a career change can be as exhilarating as it is scary. Fear of change, failure and the unknown are usually what hold us back from diving into a change. Rather than resisting your fears, use them to their best advantage by recognizing them and putting them to work.

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Making a career change is scary and exhilarating all at the same time. Fear of change, failure and the unknown are usually what hold us back from diving into a change. Or perhaps a bit of laziness, too?

In February’s Dear Shannon column on GreenBiz.com, I council a career changer on how to identify and overcome the biggest obstacles getting in the way of her trying something new.

Read the full article here.

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Sustainability is a notoriously woolly and evolving agenda, and as the competitive advantage from engaging with it becomes more established, likewise the demand for top talent grows. But what does this talent pool look like?

In March’s Dear Shannon column on GreenBiz.com, I council an HR executive at a global retail firm on how to identify and develop the core competencies needed to grow sustainability leadership from within an organization.

Read the full column here.

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Do you ever find yourself wondering what makes you truly happy, or how big of a role your job plays in your happiness?

A recent New York Times article identified work as having a strong influence over how happy we are, pointing out, “Work can bring happiness by marrying our passions to our skills, empowering us to create value in our lives and in the lives of others.”

Feeling fulfilled in your job starts with getting in touch with what makes you happy. Once you have identified that, you can start to think about how you can map your career decisions to those criteria.

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As hiring trends show that most roles are being filled internally, HR managers will need new tricks to assess top talent in the sustainability space. The key will be 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?

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Creating and marketing your personal brand is key to finding a new challenging job in sustainability. Wondering where to start? The process is actually very similar to dating. In order to differentiate yourself in the job market or the dating market, you need to develop strong personal brand that reflects the ‘authentic you.’

Here some pointers about how to do this for impact-related careers.

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