When you're approaching graduation and looking to launch your professional career, it can sometimes feel tempting to take the first thing that comes your way. We all feel moments of desperation on our post-university job hunt, and those moments can sometimes lead to people starting their careers in unfulfilling roles that aren't right for you. Luckily, this generation offers a lot of promise for the future, given that the majority of young people prioritise a company that reflects good morals and values when looking for work, often as their number one most important factor. Starting a career somewhere that reflects your own values system is a smart move in more ways than one.
When it comes to millennial values, climate change is a topic that understandably features very high up on the list, with more and more graduates expressing a wish to work at a company which has a positive impact on the environment, and a sustainable business model. Luckily, such companies exist in abundance, and landing your dream job at an eco-friendly company isn't as difficult as you might think. Here are some tips on launching an environmentally-conscious career.
This is a given, but it takes a little more savvy than you'd expect to find the companies with the right approach to sustainability that are currently hiring. Always start with some of the big companies to get an idea of the language they use and the way their employees contribute to their eco-friendly goals, in order to help optimise your job search. Global mega-companies such as IKEA and The Body Shop are well-known and reported on in the media for the ways in which they incorporate sustainable practices into their work, and their performance statistics in this regard are easy to find online.
By looking at the mission statements on various companies' websites you'll be able to find out if their values match your own. Some other examples of UK companies that have a heavy emphasis on eco-friendly business models include technology start-ups like Podpoint, which is currently a world leader in electric car charging points, the major biofuel firm Bio Bean, and the Europe-wide printing company Online Printers. All of these are easy to find online because they dedicate prominent sections of their sites to information detailing the eco-friendly credentials, with the latter company going as far as to offer a completely carbon neutral business model. There are plenty of lists and directories available that list which companies are good and which ones are bad in regards to eco-friendliness, and looking at sites such as Glassdoor is also a helpful indicator of how ethical a company and workplace is.
Once you've done the research and found the right company for you and your values, the next part is actually landing a role with them. Luckily, you'll already be in with a good chance, as companies themselves always try to hire workers who share the same values as them. The important part is making sure that this stands out in your application and interview. Think about any experience you might have which reflects those eco-friendly values that you have. This could be volunteering experience or maybe time spent working with a different company that happens to have the same kind of ethos as the one you're applying for. List all of the ways in which your experiences match up to these values, and work hard to incorporate them into your CV and cover letter.
Once you get to the interview stage, it's all about making your passion and values shine through your personality, which shouldn't be too difficult if you're the type of person who has already gone through the trouble of looking for eco-friendly companies to apply for. Don't be afraid to mention that this is what you've done in your interview, and explain why you care about environmentally conscious business models, reeling off a few sharp facts and statistics as you do. The most important thing is coming off as genuine and as someone who really cares about eco-friendly values, as this is what will make you stand out among other candidates who may have applied to the role for different reasons.
At a time when addressing environmental concerns is more important than ever, shaping your career around those concerns that matter to you is a smart move that will impact your job satisfaction immeasurably - so keep on working to save the planet!
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