Interview tips

 

Net Impact London and I hosted a workshop with a group of sustainability professionals to delve into the questions that every job seeker has: how can you figure out what a potential employer is looking for? And how can you communicate your competitive advantage as a potential employee?

Today, I’m sharing key outcomes of our discussion to help you drill down on the common skills, attitudes and values practitioners share to help you land your own dream sustainability job.

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In today’s impact jobs market, competition is fierce. But by presenting a compelling story, standing out to hiring managers, and becoming an effective networker you can land your dream role – whether it’s in your present field or a new one. The process is a challenge and to be successful you will need to be the whole package. But don’t take our word for it, the numbers speak for themselves.

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Sustainability jobs typically receive over 100 applications. It’s very much a buyer’s market. This month on Maybrooks, Shannon shows working moms how to set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd by following her top three tips for interviewing with impact.

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‘I’m experienced, educated and articulate – so why can’t I get through the first round of interviews?’

If I had a fiver for each time I’ve encountered a jobseeker with that exact problem, I’d be meditating on a Balinese beach rather than tapping away on a keyboard! Selling yourself on paper – whether through the traditional CV or on LinkedIn – is a skill in itself, and here at Walk of Life, we’ve written plenty on how to do it. But wowing the interview panel and making a strong impression in person is a different challenge altogether. Which is why you should take a strategic approach.

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Here at Walk of Life, we are constantly telling our clients and blog readers to get to know the market and understand what an employer wants before starting a sustainability job search.

A big part of this involves tailoring your approach to the specific sector you want to work in – NGO, corporate, consultancy, government, social enterprise or SME.  In today’s blog, Erik Fairbairn – CEO of Pod Point, one of Europe’s market-leading electric vehicle charging firms – sets out his no-nonsense guide to getting a job at his low-carbon startup. Here’s his story:

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