Looking for a job can be a daunting task, especially when you’re looking to launch your career in renewable energy. Here are some helpful insights to put your best foot forward during your job search.
What Are Employers Looking For?
Transferable skills – Regardless of whether you are fresh out of school or making the switch from another industry, employers like candidates with a track record that shows they have a strong work ethic. Job applicants can display this through the skills they’ve built through their work in other industries or the military, such as troubleshooting and critical thinking. Make sure to mention these skills in your cover letter.
Quality training – Professional training is a big benefit when applying for jobs in solar energy or in energy auditing. It’s also important to highlight certifications you’ve earned, such as Building Performance Institute Certification.
Soft skills – Many job applicants put their focus toward displaying their technical knowledge and skills. While these are important qualities to highlight, it’s important to also show that you have soft skills like the ability to communicate and work well with others. Employers are looking for applicants that can come into an existing team environment and thrive.
How Can Applicants Wow Employers?
Make a good impression with your résumé – When it comes to getting your foot in the door with a potential employer, the first step is to have a solid résumé. List skills and experience in the following order: education, job skills, safety skills, work experience, military experience (when applicable).
Prepare for your interview – There’s an easy way to show an employer that you’re exactly the candidate they are looking for – utilize the job description. Take a look at the listed skills and requirements, and align them to your existing traits and experience. Make sure to touch on these topics during your interview, and be prepared to answer questions related to the position summary.
Put a positive spin on things – A mistake that some job seekers make is speaking poorly of a past employer, manager or their education. This is a big turn off for employers – negativity tends to leave a bad impression, and blaming others can make it look like you’re not a team player. Try to put a positive spin on your past experiences.