Oof, it’s tough out there. When job hunting – particularly for environmentally conscious job hunters looking for jobs with a real sense of purpose – you need to have your wits about you. Hopefully, we’ve made finding those kinds of opportunities with social and environmental impact a bit easier (search impact jobs here), but that’s only the first step. Now you’ve found them, how do you land them? Well, you need to walk the walk and talk the talk. We’ve put together a list of resources to help and boost your green credentials along the way.
Top resources for environmentally conscious job hunters.
1. Sustainability & Environmental News
Show them you know what you’re talking about. Keep up to date with the latest goings-on around the world and flex your environmental knowledge.
Business Green | UK’s leading news publisher for news and in-depth analysis on green business and environmental issues.
A great place to find out what businesses (and potential employers) are and should be doing.
Unearthed | Greenpeace’s environmental news platform.
Greenpeace UK’s award-winning journalism project, Unearthed publish accurate, honest, change-making stories that illuminate parts of our changing world no one else is looking at. Alongside the environment and the politics and economics that underpin them, the team take on big investigations that most newsrooms don’t.
The GoodNews Network | As the name suggests, this corner of the internet is dedicated to good news only.
Stories include species successfully making it off the endangered list, countries meeting the UN SDGs ahead of schedule and victories in the fight against plastic pollution.
2. Getting Involved
Get crucial career experience by volunteering charity and non-profit with change-makers.
Goodsted | Enabling people to share their skills with impactful initiatives.
Lend your talents to projects and initiatives and contribute to social and environmental development. Sign up to the app, pick a cause you believe in and give them a bit of your time.
Do IT | Enabling people to support local charities.
Sign yourself up as a volunteer to support local challenges, buddy up to help each other online or connect with neighbours.
Reach Volunteering | Connecting people and good causes.
Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK and the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Help charities and other non-profits as a trustee, advisor or mentor on short term projects or ongoing roles.
3. Sustainable Lifestyle
Even the most motivated of environmentally conscious job hunters need a break now and again. And when you do, there are plenty of good places to while away your time (that are also excellent sources of inspo for living sustainably and good to talk about in a job interview).
The Do-Gooders | The Google of all things sustainable.
Whatever you’re looking for, there’s an ethical alternative for everyday products, services and things to do. More than 500 sustainable brands have been handpicked – fashion, beauty, banking, nappies etc. – DoGooders will find you an ethical alternative, with just one search.
Pebble | Stylish, sustainable living guide to incorporate sustainability into daily life.
The best eco-friendly yoga products, five new ethical sunglasses trending this summer and the ten best ways to go wild swimming in the UK – Pebble is the go-to lifestyle magazine for the eco-conscious.
My Green Pod | The guide to ethical product and services.
My Green Pod share the real stories behind the brands and people working tirelessly to offer ethical alternatives to mainstream products and services. These ‘Hero’ products and services support the shift to a more conscious lifestyle – and may help you save some cash (while having some fun) on the way.
Use your screen time to do something good. Not all search engines are created equal…
Ecosia | The search engine that lets you plant trees with each search.
You search the web with Ecosia > AdsSearch ads generate income for Ecosia > Ecosia uses this income to plant trees. To plant trees with every search, add the free browser extension to Chrome.
Lilo | The search engine that lets you donate to impact projects.
50% of all advertising revenue generated goes towards the different social and environmental projects they support. Every search you make generates a ‘drop of water’, you then choose to whom you want to give your water.
Do Nation | Helping people make small changes to make a big difference.
Wash your clothes at 30, not 40 degrees, reduce your food waste, switch to renewable energy providers – whatever positive behaviour change you can make, pledge it on the Do Nation app and your chances of following through skyrocket through reminders, advice and impact data. And by connecting you with a community of others taking action alongside you.
If you’re still at step number one – finding your dream job, you can search for it with us at For Purpose Jobs. Search by your power (job role) or the impact you want to have upon the world. Circular economy, ethical capital, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, social impact, carbon capture and clean water – take your pick, they’re all good.