May 17, 2018
by Curtis Morrow and Emily Taubenblatt
During our annual Resume Workshop, the Green Careers team invited professionals representing the public sector (Department of Buildings, New York City Housing Authority – NYCHA), the private sector (Kenneth Cole, Community Preservation Corporation, and Steven Winter Associates), and the non-profit sector (Self-Help Community Services) to offer tips and critique participants’ resumes. In several fifteen-minute round-robin rotations, all attendees received one-on-one sessions with feedback, advice, and pointers to help grab and keep the attention of hiring managers.
The experts agreed on several resume tips:
· Make the best use of white space on the page.
· Keep the resume to a single page.
· Ensure that formatting and alignment is consistent.
· Specify details with quantitative or qualitative values.
· Use active verbs in place of adjectives to show rather than tell your achievements.
April 28, 2018
As the solar energy industry continues its breakneck growth, more questions arise around how we can use this intermittent source of energy and still have reliably consistent power. This issue becomes even more critical in an era of more frequent and catastrophic climate events that can and have taken down the electrical grid.
In 2018, we are seeing the rise of Resilient Solar: the pairing of solar energy systems with complementary technologies to provide stable, continuous power to buildings and communities even when the electrical grid is down as we experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Maria, among other events in recent years. We’re talking about energy storage technologies, community solar, on-site generation, microgrids, cogeneration (combined heat & power) and more.
As startups, developers, tech companies, governments, utilities, and community groups dedicate themselves to creating new solutions towards building a resilient energy infrastructure, we invite you to join the conversation on May 16th at GreenHomeNYC’s May forum hosted by Urban Future Lab, to meet experts, ask questions, and learn about what’s happening here in NYC and beyond.
Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Urban Future Lab, 15 MetroTech Ctr, 19th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as fees increase at the door. If registering at the door, credit/debit card is strongly preferred.
April 27, 2018
A good resume is your best weapon when you’re on the job hunt. To help you on this quest, the May Green Careers event is our annual “Speed Up-Dating Your Resume” workshop. In timed sessions with resume critics, you’ll receive constructive, personalized feedback on how to present your skills and experience in the best way possible.
This year, we’re adding in a bonus! In addition to sprucing up your resume, you can also get your photo taken for LinkedIn or other uses if you like. So come dressed for the job you want and we will snap a pic and email it to you after the event.
Attendees are expected to:
-Be prompt! The event starts at 6:30pm, so be sure to arrive early.
-Bring at least five hard copies of your resume for review.
-Be prepared to discuss your resume and contribute to evaluating others.
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: Steven Winter Associates, 307 7th Avenue 17th Flr, New York, NY 10001
April 23, 2018
Recap by Miaoru Guan
Corporate Social Responsibility, commonly referred to as CSR, describes companies’ initiatives to give back to the environment and community. The April 2018 Green Careers panelists spoke about their extensive experience with a wide range of CSR initiatives that help companies fulfill these goals while also improving the bottom line.
Zoha Karmali began her career in sales and marketing for Tata Group and combined her skills with her passion for CSR to eventually transition into the field. She coordinated volunteer programming and corporate hotel sustainable practices for 100 locations and 25,000 employees of Tata Group’s luxury hospitality firm. Abisola Adekoya is currently a consultant at Salterbaxter MSL Group and advises companies in telling stories of sustainability through reporting. Prior to sustainability consulting, Abisola worked to bring together companies and NGOs to solve pressing issues in international development. Heliana Higbie has experience with both the public and private sector. Heliana has implemented sustainable agriculture programs for PepsiCo in addition to renewable energy resilience efforts for the City of Yonkers and NYC Transit.
From Left: Emily Taubenblatt (Moderator), Zoha Karmali (Panelist), Abisola Adekoya (Panelist), Heliana Higbie (Panelist)
Photo by Rishika Shrivastava
CSR efforts not only benefit the community and the environment but also increase long term profits for the company. Zoha talked about how company-wide employee volunteer programs allowed for inter-departmental networking within her company. Abisola agreed and mentioned that volunteering activities increase employee engagement and overall productivity. Heliana discussed climate resiliency fixes for the MTA that improve transportation reliability during natural disasters, reducing the cost of recovery.
For companies interested in starting or increasing their CSR initiatives, the panelists gave insights into strategies that encourage CSR. The easiest way to implement programs is to have support from upper management. When the CEO or other decision-makers recognize the benefits of CSR and emphasize it as a priority for the company, sustainability professionals have the necessary support to organize initiatives and employees are encouraged to participate in events. When there is no clear mandate, sustainability professionals can engage individual departments and people to elicit interest. The panelists also highlighted the most effective CSR strategies, such as volunteer programs that integrate job responsibilities.
Drawing from their unique backgrounds, the speakers gave advice to those interested in entering the CSR industry. The panelists all agreed that is not necessary to have a direct career path to CSR. Abisola mentioned that having colleagues with different backgrounds is an asset because it brings more nuanced perspectives to the table when making CSR decisions. Zoha emphasized the importance of applying skills gained from other opportunities to CSR jobs, such as communication and teamwork. Heliana encouraged people to think outside the box for career decisions and to carve one’s own path by using resources from schools and professional networks.
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