Getting a renewable energy job

College students know how hard it is to get a renewable energy job

And they know what works. The following insights are recommended by students for students seeking entry level renewable energy jobs.

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A Useful List of Great Clean Energy Job Boards

No one does a better job than Dayaway at curating online clean energy job listings for college students – self-promoting, but true… However, we’re not the only game in town. You should also regularly use

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Don’t be Afraid of the Detour – Just Follow Your North Star

Many, maybe a majority of, the early stage professionals I see working in clean energy have worked outside clean energy first. Depending upon their degree and major, they’ve worked (for a year or two) at

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Internships: Unpaid May Payoff

Many students ignore unpaid summer internships. Let’s face it, you need the money, and it just seems wrong to work and not get paid, right? Yes, but the following reasons convince many students to accept

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Far away from home? Be Open to a Road-Trip Internship!

Most students are not going to find a renewable energy summer internship in their home or college town. Many RE companies are clustered in a few well-known cleantech zones (SF, Boston, Denver, etc.). Even more

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Landing that Perfect Summer Internship: Tips & Tricks

The single, most important thing you can do to get employed in renewable energy is to intern in renewable energy. But it’s not that easy to do. Renewable energy companies have many candidates for each

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A Guide to Consulting Firms in Renewable Energy

Set forth below is a list of consulting, engineering & software firms active in clean energy and energy efficiency. Better yet, they hire recent college graduates (and interns)! This is a diversified list: small &

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The Numbers Game: Quantity with Quality

Looking for a job in general and trying to secure a Clean Tech job in particular requires you to play what I refer to as the numbers game. This means that the more opportunities you

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Why Following Up Should Always Be A Priority

When applying for jobs & internships, you need to follow-up, say thank you and move fast. People will remember you if you do, and won’t if you don’t. Follow-up after: completing an application, interview, informational

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The Expertise Stepping Stone

Lots of super talented young professionals, when looking for a renewable energy job, say, “I don’t want to get pigeon-holed!” They have a vision for their future. Most jobs don’t line up. So, they hold

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How to Prepare for your Informational Interview

Before your interview, do serious online research about the company and the person. Google the company to learn about their products, services, leadership, financial report card, press releases, etc. Study your interviewee’s Linkedin profile carefully (the

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Informational Interviews – How to Make the Connection

After you have identified specific industries, companies and roles you are interested in (making a large brainstorming tree is very helpful), most folks go to LinkedIn and do a “company search” to find companies they

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Informational Interviews – More Buying, Less Selling

Arranging informational interviews with recent graduates working in renewable energy is the single most important networking step you must take. The strategy is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. You don’t

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Finding the Common Ground – The Most Effective Networking Tool

When you’re networking digitally (i.e., sending emails to young professionals you don’t know), you need to make certain that you reach out to people with whom you have common ground. Common ground makes you more

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Should You Take an Internship After Graduation?

Probably the last thing you want to do after graduating is to sign upfor an internship. But this can often be a very smart move. Some clean energy companies hire graduates into internship roles with

Common Ground Networking

When you’re networking digitally (i.e., sending emails to young professionals you don’t know), you really need to reach out to people with whom you have common ground.  Common Ground makes you more than a stranger

Finding and requesting an Informational Interview

After you have identified specific industries, companies and roles you are interested in (takes a lot work), most folks go to Linkedin and do a “company search” to find companies they are targeting.  On linkedin,

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Renewable Northwest

Preparing For Your Informational Interview

Before your interview, do serious online research about the company and the person.  Google the company to learn about their products, services, leadership, financial report card, press releases, etc.  Study your interviewee’s Linkedin profile carefully