How to Get a Job in Renewable Energy

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These tips and resources are recommended by college students for students asking the question: “So, how do I get a job in renewable energy?”

Northwestern Cleantech Careers Exploration

Co-hosted by Northwestern University Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Northwestern University Energy Club What On October 22, at 6pm, Northwestern students are invited to talk, by phone, with young professionals working in renewable

How to Build Up Your Renewable Energy Vocabulary

Sound Like You Understand the Industry Employers look for entry-level hires who “understand their business and understand the industry.” The problem for a student is that this is the stuff you don’t learn in class.

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Dayaway Loves CELI’s Focus on Clean Energy Skills! Dayaway knows what young professionals need to do to get employed and promoted in Clean Energy.  They need to develop clean energy skills and contacts.  CELI

Informational Interviews – More Buying, Less Selling

Strategy is Priority #1 Your most important networking step is arranging informational interviews with recent graduates working in renewable energy.  But you need to have a plan.  You need to be strategic.  The strategy is

Finding the Common Ground – The Most Effective Networking Tool

Finding People Who Have Been in Your Shoes 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

Informational Interviews – How to Make the Connection

Targeting Industries, Companies & Roles So how do you find the right people to talk to in an informational interview?  Your first step is to identify specific industries, companies and roles you are interested in

How to Prepare for your Informational Interview

Do Your Homework 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.  Take notes.  The goal

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

The Expertise Stepping Stone

Pigeon Hole or Stepping Stone? Super talented young professionals looking for a renewable energy job often say, “I don’t want to get pigeon-holed!”  They have a vision for their future.  Most jobs don’t line up. 

A Guide to Renewable Energy Consulting Firms

Renewable Energy Consulting Firms Hiring Young Professionals Set forth below is a list of consulting, engineering & software firms active in clean energy and energy efficiency.  Better yet, these renewable energy consulting firms hire recent

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

You Start Where You Have to Start 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

Getting Value from an Online Job Listing Without Applying for the Job

Most people feel that online jobs listings suck.  Admittedly, most of your job search time should be spent talking to people who can help you and not on Google.  However, the online listings on a