Students frequently ask about how they can be 'green' in their career planning and job search.
Ironically, I think you have to try NOT to be green in the job search today!
Between submitting resumes with a PDF, online applications, SKYPE interviews, and tools like LinkedIn, the carbon footprint of the job seeking process is shrinking every day.
However, it never hurts to be proactive in how you engage your job search.
Tips for Green job seeking:
1. If it is not clear, then ask if you can submit materials online.
2. Use LinkedIn to begin your dialogue with employers. If you are doing a good job developing your profile, everything the employer needs to know about you will be on your profile.
3. Use video technology for initial interviews.
4. Ask if there are ways you can overlap with other candidates to share rides to and from the site. Yes, you have to have good self esteem to spend time with your competition!
5. Look locally. If possible, consider positions that don't require you to fly or drive long distances for the interview.
6. Consider employers in locations that focus on short commutes, public transportation, positive city design that emphasizes effective density patterns and self propelled transportation.
7. Read Richard Register's book 'EcoCities' to get ideas about how you can live and work.
8. Ask about working from home one day a week to cut down on commuting.
Overall, the small things add up. Be aware of what you do and how you do it.