How to Make Your Clean Energy Resume Stand Out

The clean energy movement is well underway, and more hard-working professionals are looking to make a move into the industry. Your resume is the first thing a hiring manager will see, and your opportunity to make a memorable first impression. So, it’s important to present your skills in a way that captivates and intrigues.

With thousands of applicants vying for opportunities in the clean energy industry, how can you maximize your chances of getting noticed by a hiring manager? Recruiters are looking for the right workers to fill each role – they want skills and experience to matc­h the prerequisites and responsibilities of each position.

So, what are some tips for making sure your clean energy resume stands out above the rest?

If You’re Newcomer to Clean Energy

If you don’t have extensive work in the clean energy field, you certainly have experience doing something else that can transfer over to the industry. Perhaps you’re a mid- to senior-level professional looking to make a career change to clean energy. Think about the skills you’ve developed in prior roles and how this expertise can now be applied to the green energy industry. Highlight skills such as leadership, managerial, problem solving and technical.

If you’re a student or recent graduate, list the specific courses you’ve taken that are relevant to renewable energy or that would help you excel in your desired role. Include volunteer work you’ve done for an eco-friendly organization or even lectures you’ve attended on environmental topics.

Many hiring managers are looking for applicants who have a genuine concern for our planet. If you aren’t currently involved in extracurriculars, start getting involved – and then highlight those activities in your education and training section. Keep in mind that as a newcomer, your education and training need to shine, as you’ll naturally lack relevant work experience.

Here are some other tips:

Develop a clear objective

Consider why you want to work in the clean energy industry – what’s your underlying motivation? What skills do you have that would make you a preferred candidate? Keep your objective short and sweet, no more than two sentences that you can discuss in an interview. If you’re new to the industry, focus on transferrable skills and highlight what you hope to accomplish.

Use the appropriate keywords

Because recruiters have so many resumes to review, they’ll often search for keywords and phrases during their initial scan. Therefore, be sure to include words that are relevant to the position you are striving for. A few examples: solar project management, photovoltaic systems testing, digital integrated circuitry, strategic planning, competitive analysis, etc.  

Reveal a glimpse of your personality

As the competition stiffens for green energy jobs, one way to make sure you stand out from the crowd is to demonstrate that you live an eco-friendly lifestyle. While we mentioned including your environmental extracurricular activities above, be sure to include other hobbies that help reduce your carbon footprint. This can include gardening, donating to and shopping at thrift stores, spending time in nature and initiating conversations with your peers about how to reduce plastic usage or support the bee population.

Harness social media networks

Social networking is an increasingly popular outlet that hiring managers use to vet potential employees. For this reason, it’s important to use social media to your advantage to build your personal brand. Create and curate engaging content to showcase topics you’re passionate about. Share articles you’ve written or been featured in, link to your portfolio, learn about clean energy events in your area, and share learnings with others. Also consider joining a job search community, where you can interact directly with hiring managers, learn about a company’s culture and building relationships that can help open doors down the road.

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