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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.

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The sustainability field evolved quickly and there is no universally recognised list of core competencies or non-traditional key performance indicators (KPIs) to prove an employee’s value. While this is certainly a challenge for the jobseeker and sustainability go-getter, it also presents exciting opportunities for HR and sustainability leaders to redefine professional development.

How can HR help in this process? They can start by building a competency framework that fosters sustainability leadership at all job levels and functions.

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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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Shannon Houde has been published on leading sustainability website CSRwire.com with an article on how to assess top talent for sustainability leadership skills. Look out for future articles from Shannon by logging on to her author page on CSRwire, or follow us through the social media links above.

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