Advancing your Career in Sustainability

Practical job hunting advice for the values-driven individual
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Looking for a job in sustainability can be tough- not only is there high competition for open positions, it is also can be hard to determine what exactly do you want to do when it comes to sustainability and sustainable business. However, there are ways to not only understand what sort of job is your ideal position in sustainability, but also how to make yourself rise to the top of the résumé pile. In this course you will learn what are some of the best practices for sustainability professionals who are job hunting including:

  • What to put on your resume to show sustainability expertise
  • How to narrow your job search and find your dream job
  • Networking tips for talking to the right people

You will leave this course with a better understanding of what is your ideal position and how to find it, and the job hunting skills needed to get there.

This course is set up into specific job-hunting sections: Understanding your Career Goals, The Job Search, Creating Your Resume, Adding Sustainability Experience, Networking and The Interview. You will see short videos from a leading sustainability author and consultant that will tell you best practices and ways to make all aspects of job hunting easier and more enjoyable. Furthermore, each section includes worksheets that will help guide you on your journey towards becoming a sustainability professional.

What are the requirements?

  • Students do not need to prepare anything prior to this course. Clear worksheets are provided for all sections that will help guide you through this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand career drivers and goals
  • Understand best practices when looking for a job in sustainability
  • Create a personal elevator pitch
  • Create a sustainability-based resume
  • Understand where to get relevant experience to help career advancement
  • Know how to networking etiquette and become comfortable with networking
  • Understand how to successfully prepare for an interview
  • Develop ways to increase online visibility in the sustainability industry

Who is the target audience?

  • If you are looking to get a job, transition to a new job, or want to advance your career in sustainability, this is the course for you! This course covers many of the basics of job hunting but with a sustainability focus. If you are not currently looking for a new job or position, this course may not be appropriate.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: How to Advance your Career in Sustainability

Welcome to the course! We look forward to having you. In this lecture you will get an overview of what you will learn throughout the course, "How to Advance Your Career in Sustainability".

Section 2: Understanding your Career Goals

The first step in looking for a new job or career is understanding the why. In this lecture you will begin the process of understanding life and location questions in regards to finding your dream job.


This lecture will help guide you through questions that can help you define your ideal position- what do you want to do? What do you NOT want to do?


This lecture will help you understand what skills you may need when transitioning into a career in sustainability, and where (and where not!) to get these skills, as well as continue to guide you through the Career Planning Worksheets that are embedded into this course.

3 questions

This short quiz makes sure you are on track in finding your ideal position and advance your career in sustainability.

Section 3: The Job Search

Learn what is an elevator pitch, why it is important and how to create your pitch to highlight your experience or desire to work in the field of sustainability.


Learn how to narrow your job search using the "rifle approach" to be more effective and gain success in the early phases of your job hunt.


One of the most difficult parts of looking for a new job is "closing doors" to potential opportunities. In this lecture you will learn how narrowing your job search will help you become more successful in finding a job you actually want.

Narrowing your Job Search: helpful technology tools

Congradulations! By now you know who you are, what your dream job looks like, and have created an elevator pitch- its now time to begin compiling a list of who you know in that industry or area, and learn great online places to look for job openings in the sustainability sector.

Quiz: Searching for your Ideal Position
3 questions
Section 4: Creating Your Resume

In this lecture learn the keys to a good resume, what decision makers look for when reviewing applicant resumes and how to tailor your resume to get the interview.


You have a lot of key skills and experience. In this lecture learn how to organize your resume to highlight applicable skills and experience.


People like to work with people. Learn why its important add appropriate personal activities, hobbies and interests to help add a personal touch to your skills and experience.


Although its a lot of work, its important to tailor your resume to each job you are applying for. In this lecture, learn why it is important to match your resume to the job description.


In this lecture you will be guided through an example of a "good" resume and what makes a resume better than average.


On average, a person making a hire spends about five seconds reviewing the information on your resume before making a decision if it goes in the 'yes' pile or not. See examples of what not to include on your resume and make sure your next resume makes the cut.

Section 5: Adding Sustainability Experience

In this lecture learn how to use your current status as a student to round out your skill-set and gain experience to help position you in your job search.


There are many ways to gain relevant experience outside of internships. This lecture will give you ideas on how to create opportunities to add sustainability to your skillset.


The best place to gain experience in sustainability is within your current job or occupation. Learn specific ways you can gain experience, training and opportunities in sustainability.

Section 6: Networking

Networking can be scary for a lot of people. In this lecture learn some of the myths of networking and ways to easily connect with others at networking events.


In this lecture learn ways to be more confident when walking into a room and how to make connections with those in the room or meeting.


If you are looking to network to add long-term connections who can vouch for you and think of you when opportunities arise, this lecture will teach you how many interactions it takes to form a long-term connection and how to create one.


When asking someone (or a group of someones) to meet with you, it's important to know what is expected of you and what is a good way to be able to wrap up the convesation in a way to lead to more opportunities.


Often people will offer their time or services as an "in" to be able to work for or with an individual or company while they are job searching and networking. In this lecture you will learn important tips on volunteering your time as well as an example of what not to do!


In this lecture you will be guided through some general reccommondations on networking that will give you a solid foundation for you to be authentic and successful during as you begin to network with sustainability professionals.

Section 7: The Interview

Congratulations! Thanks to your great resume and networking, you've landed an interview. In this lecture, you will learn what to expect and what steps you should take prior to the interview to make sure you are prepared.


An important step in having a successful interview is preparing for the potentially unexpected. In this lecture, you will learn the three myths of interviews and how to navigate them.


This lecture will guide you through the sustainability professional's "interview cheat sheet"- giving you tips, ideas and how to prepare to answer the top ten questions often found in interviews.


If you have a job or are looking for one, it is always important to stay "in the know" on what is happening around sustainability. This lecture will show you how to use social media to help advance your career in sustainability as well as what social media faux pas to avoid.

Quiz: The Interview
3 questions
Section 8: Becoming a Sustainability Professional

This lecture will give an overview of what you have learned throughout this course and how these skills can help you advance your career as a sustainability professional.

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Instructor Biography

Kevin Wilhelm, Acclaimed Author. Inspiring Speaker. Sustainability Expert.

Kevin Wilhelm is the world’s pre-eminent consultant in the field of business sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting & Education, a Seattle-based company focused on delivering business value through the integration of sustainable business practices. He is also an acclaimed author, speaker and teacher and has developed a series of online courses and modules around sustainability for both the corporate and academic markets.


Kevin brings over 19 years of experience working with 95+ businesses ranging across 23 different industries from Fortune 50 multinationals to medium-sized businesses. Some of his firm’s clients include Nordstrom, Amazon. com, REI, Alaska Airlines, The North Face, Redbox/Outerwall, Expeditors, Real Networks, Drugstore. com and Brooks.


He is the author of two acclaimed books in the field of sustainability: “Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Sustainability Implementation”and “Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy.”

Kevin has written over 20 published articles on sustainability for organizations such as Sustainable Industries, Triple Pundit and Environmental Leader and was a contributing writer to three additional books:

    §“Green Jobs: a Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment,”

    §“Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education” and

    §“Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings.”


Kevin has created course content and taught over 10 different graduate level courses on sustainable business at three different universities. His courses include:

  • Foundations of Sustainability
  • Intro to Sustainable Business
  • Triple Bottom Line Accounting
  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Sustainability and Economics
  • Stakeholders and the Bottom Line (Finance)

    §Sustainable Marketing

    §Sustainable Finance

    §Sustainable Operations

    §Management for Sustainability

    §Advanced Business Modeling

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