‘09.5 Grad has a Job Opportunity for You!

I graduated this past February and got a job as a Seasonal Research Technician with the Rodale institute in PA. Rodale is a great fit for anyone interested in organics, climate change, research, etc.

Each year, Rodale hires 4-5 Seasonal Research Technicians to coordinate and execute our on-farm research. It isn’t an internship, but the position is seasonal and ends at the end of December. There is one opening for someone to start at the beginning of 2011 (great for a Feb!) and four openings for spring graduates. A description of the position can be found here:

Rodale Institute is a 501©(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. The Rodae Institute was founded in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. For over sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest options for people and the planet.

Get the Green Job You Want Now: Oct 25 in NYC

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Get the Green Job You Want Now is a program by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York that will take place on October 25 in New York City.  This event will feature a panel of executives who will share their experiences of successfully transitioning into green jobs and include opportunities to meet with green recruiters before and after the panel.

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Internship at Patuxent Research Refuge- Deadline 12/14/09

The Patuxent Research Refuge is looking to hire two Environmental Education & Interpretation Interns.

The internship will run from February 16th – May 22nd, 2010 (flexible to change), at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Maryland. Interns provide visitor information services, assist with public events, teacher and scout workshops, develop education materials, design and lead interpretive programs for all ages, and assist with biological monitoring when applicable. Work schedule will be 40 hours a week, including weekends (two days off during week).  Read more

Staying up-to-date

It is essential in a job search to stay up-to-date with your industry of choice. However, an ‘industry’ is a broad beast, so what should you really know?

  • Follow new and upcoming technology
  • Know which companies are competitors
  • Understand where the industry is headed
  • Investigate how your industry is affected by external factors

Before an interview, make sure you know what the company does; an energy consulting firm can be a myriad of things, so it is crucial to know what niche they have carved out for themselves.

If you are interested in green opportunities, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an amazing source for information on things such as water, transportation, fishing subsidies, biofuels, and the health effects of consumer products. Even if it isn’t your industry of choice, take some time to peruse their Cosmetic Safety Database, which contains invaluable information on the health effects of specific products (from toothpaste, to deodorant, to shampoo).

Furthermore, check out the new tag “data point,” where we will keep you up-to-date on what is going on.

Is Public Service For You?

If you are thinking at all about entering public service, you might find it convenient that we have our own resident Federal Service Student Ambassador. Elise Hanks is a junior here at Middlebury and she is here to help people explore the many possibilities in federal service. If you are looking for a job or an internship, make sure to ask her for help! She has drop in hours from 4:00-5:00 PM on Tuesdays in the CSO library. Also, she is now a guest blogger on the Internship blog so make sure to check out her advice as well as the  jobs and internships that she posts! She has already posted about an Internship for the State Department.

Is There a Spot in the Economy for your Skills?

The National Center for O*Net Development recently released their research on the current economy and its effects on occupations.

Check out their list of Green Increased Demand Occupations, jobs that will likely experience an increase in employer demand. Their Green Enhanced Skills Occupations lists the jobs that will likely require a change in skill sets. Finally, the Green New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations lists the emerging jobs that are/will experience a huge demand. All of this can be found here.

Networking: Why, How and When

Thanksgiving is coming and it is a perfect time to start networking. So, if you can’t wait for the the annual Turkey Talk Networking Workshop on November 19th at 4:30 PM in MBH 104 and on November 30 at 12:15 PM in Hillcrest 103, read on.

Networking has many benefits. One such benefit is access to job and internship opportunities that are only available through friends, family and colleagues. Also, with a solid network, you have access to advice from people who actually know you.

When networking, it is important to organize yourself. Whether with a notebook, or a computer database, it is important to keep track of your contacts’ names, what they have been up to, how you met them etc. Furthermore it is important to keep in touch. But, don’t only keep in touch when you need something from your contact. Try to call/e-mail/grab lunch during the good times so that when you do need their help, they don’t remember you simply as a drag.

All holidays, parties and events are networking opportunities. So, an article at CNNMoney.com recommends that to these events you arrive unfashionably early because Read more

Nailing an Interview

Everyone should check out “How to Make Yourself Standout in an Interview.” It is a great article with sections on what you should know about the job, the industry and the company. 

It recommends that before the interview, you research industry trends as well as have a list of your five most compelling qualities, which you then reference during the interview. 

Also, if you have a phone interview check out our earlier post, “Phone Interviews” and, if you have time, remember to call the CSO to arrange a practice interview.

The 10 Worst Job Hunting Mistakes

Are you currently looking for a job or internship?  If so, you might want to check out GovCentral’s “The 10 Worst Job Hunting Mistakes.” 

Below are some of their recommendations:

  • Don’t use an unprofessional e-mail address on your resume
  • Make sure you are prepared to ask questions in your interview
  • Choose your references wisely and give them a heads up that a prospective employer will call them

Looking for Job Search Advice?

Fall Family Weekend has begun. Maybe you are freaking out because just found out that your friend’s brother has the exact job that you want or you just remembered that you have an interview on Monday.

If you haven’t made it to any of the CSO’s workshops and if you can’t make it into the CSO today for drop in hours from 2:00 to 5:00, check out the CSO Resource Page. There, you can download a copy of the Networking Workshop or the Interviewing Workshop.

Phone Interviews

Since we go to school in the middle of Vermont, it is quite likely that there will be a few companies that will not be on campus for interviews.  So, knowing how to nail a phone interview is something that will come in handy.

Being in your own environment is one benefit of the phone interview; however, you can definitely be a bit too comfortable.  For example, sitting in your pajamas with a wad of Big League Chew probably isn’t the way to go.

Before the interview, call the CSO (x2061) and schedule a practice interview.  The CSO has drop in hours 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and they would love to help you find how to best present yourself (even if the interviewer can only hear your voice). It is a great way to practice your responses to common questions and learn how to tailor your answers for the specific job.

Also, check out Bright Green Talent’s 7 Tips for Mastering the Art of the Phone Interview. It is a great post on an even better blog.  For a phone interview, they recommend that you have your resume in front of you as well as notes on your strengths and weaknesses. They also believe that getting dressed up will help put you in the right frame of mind.

Social Networking in Your Job Search

It turns out a lot of us already have tools we need for a job search! Check out this great article “Leveraging Social Media in Your Nonprofit Job Search: Q&A with Beth Kanter, Author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media” to learn how to utilize your social networking prowess.

Also on the site is a list of Social Media Resources for Nonprofit Job Seekers. It is worth while to see the various blogs, books and articles that they have compiled including a page that lists the non-profits on facebook.

Once you are there, take some time to poke around Bridgestar.org it has some great resources for moving into the non-proft sector!

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