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How to find a Green collar job?
Green collar job, green sector and green energy
Green collar job is hot favorite. Green sector is talk of the town. How to get a green collar job? This is particularly relevant in the time of recession and job loss. Before I discuss about how to get a green collar job I want to throw light on green sectors.
Green energy, clean energy is the slogan now. Go green! Renewable energy, solar energy, bio-fuel, energy efficiency and so on.... all fall in the category of green sector. Jobs in this sector are referred as green collar jobs.
The federal government of America is investing billions of dollars to go green. Businesses are also following Government by investing other billions. Both of them are investing in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Government is doing this with a hope to get the U.S. economy back on track.
Green collar job is the new hope and sparking tremendous opportunity for job seekers despite the global recession. Companies involved in solar energy , wind energy, bio-fuels, energy efficiency and such other green sectors are doing well despite global recession and economic slow down. They are not only well positioned for future growth but also hiring people even today. It is to be remembered that most of the corporations in other sectors are started firing their employees.
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Nine millions jobs in the US
Nine millions of expected green-collar jobs in the U.S. exceed the hope and promises of President Obama of creating five million green collar jobs in a decade. American Solar Energy Society research shows that Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) industries had a share of $1,045 billion in U.S. economy in 2007. One can easily understand that this amount is growing by leaps and bounds as President Obama is keen on the growth of this sector.
The renewable energy sector, that provides large number of green collar jobs grew three times faster than the over all U.S. economy during past years. All of the solar thermal, bio diesel, photo voltaic and ethanol sectors have shown annual revenue growth of more than twenty five percent.
Myth and reality about green collar job
Most of the jobs in the green sector are similar to jobs in other industries. However, most of the people have a misconception about green collar jobs. It is normally thought, perceived and said that green collar jobs are for scientists, researchers and PhD. This is not the reality but only a myth. Most green sector manufacturers also need factory workers, project managers, assemblers, marketing executives and professional accountants like other industries. There is a need to build, install, sell and deliver green technology.
Solar energy, green energy
How do you find and get green collar jobs?
The following insider tips can give you the insight and help you get a green collar job. It is better to follow step by step guide.
You need to know green industry
If you really want to go for a green collar job take few steps. You need to know the green industry. You need to know about companies powering green economy and types of job positions open there. Start researching green companies and jobs they offer.
Fix your target
Later on, be sector specific. It is better to select a particular sector in the green economy to pursue. Start researching this sector and compile your top five or ten list of target companies. You can also be specific geographically. You can search for fast growing companies in your local area or state. Fast growing green companies are potential employers.
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Stay updated and get a green collar job
You need to understand green energy industry trends changing at rapid pace. This will help you positioning yourself for coming opportunities. American Solar Energy Society can be a good guide for your research. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy (NREL) is also an outstanding resource for getting credible and accurate information about green sector industries.
Find a suitable green collar job
If you are a fresher then you need to be flexible to the type of job. Green economy can accept you for a suitable job. As I mentioned earlier, green sector is growing with an unprecedented speed. Hence, this sector needs large number of employees with traditional job skills too. If you have good job experience find a green company that needs your skills.
You have to adjust little bit to cope with and to meet requirements of green sector. The employers are eagerly waiting for new employees with traditional skill and experience. Your new green collar job is likely to be similar to your previous blue collar or white collar job.
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