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 find and more importantly, the more jobs to which you APPLY, the more you increase your chances of getting interviews, 2nd interviews, and so on to the point where you receive offers.
Too many job seekers (especially engineers and analytic types) make the mistake of trying to craft the “perfect” online application or to line up the perfect informational interview. You don’t have time for this. Good now is better than perfect later. While you’re tinkering for perfection on the sidelines, other candidates are on the field interviewing for jobs YOU could get simply because they’ve introduced themselves to prospective employers via applications and informational interviews.
This advice applies to networking and looking for informational interviews. Be thoughtful, but don’t succumb to paralysis by analysis. Look for the common ground; make it personal and choose an angle that will make you stand out and stick to it. That will permit you to have both quantity and quality.
You only need one job, so fire away and win the numbers game.