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.
In a past article, I outlined my top five crucial skill-sets that a CSR or sustainability practitioner will need in their arsenal. Now, I’m sharing the challenging questions that really get to the heart of these competencies in a job interview context to help hiring managers sift out the gems.
When asked why they want to work in sustainability, most 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.
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.
What scares you about a career change? What is your one main fear that is holding you back from taking the first step towards sustainability? Or you have already decided to change but you have so many burning questions about career transitions and the sustainability market that you don’t know where to go from here?
Good news! As sustainability becomes more and more embedded into core business, the competencies required to achieve success have shifted to more commercially based skills, making it easier to break in if you can prove your transferable skill set. Hiring managers want to know that you understand the business first and foremost – that you have commercial, collaboration, and innovation skills. Having worked with more than 3,000 sustainability practitioners over the past 10 years, here are the top five competencies I see as crucial in evaluating CR and sustainability talent.
Who would have thought that we would have more than 15% of FTSE250 companies with a Chief Sustainability Officer role in the C-suite? And this is across sectors from pharmaceuticals to IT to retail to mining. Now we all have a role to aim for!
In this edition of Net Impact’s career advice column, Shannon discusses how to translate your skills when moving between sectors.
Read the full article here.
So, you’ve found a posting for your dream job. It looks amazing, you love the company already, it’s in your city, and you think you can do it well. What next?
In last month’s post — What not to do when writing your CV, Part 1: Me, Me, Me — I explained why your CV should be all about the market: appealing to the market, meeting the market’s needs, using the market’s language, communicating what the market wants to hear. In this month’s post, I’m going to help you take a deep, analytical dive into the job description to figure out what the market really wants and tailor your CV to nail it.
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