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Go Green, Job Search-Style

Job search sustainably–our planet will thank you.

Earth Day is here, and it’s a reminder that we should be doing everything we can to protect the environment and live greener and more sustainably. And that includes your job search! Events are being held around the world today to raise awareness of global warming and climate change. So join in and help the planet while you’re on the job hunt.

Cut some carbon out of your commute.

See what companies are within walking distance and apply to those first. If you can’t get there by walking, mass transit is usually an option to get there for an interview. If you’re interviewing for something out-of-state, ask if the prospective employer is open to a video interview for the first round–this hurts your wallet less and will reduce your carbon footprint. And when it comes to  networking events, consider pairing up with a local peer mentor or colleague and carpool together.

Invest in eco-business cards.

Business cards are a job seeker’s best friend. And there tons of options for creating business cards that are eco-friendly. You can even download an app to digitize your cards or purchase business cards made of recycled paper from online retailers such as Etsy or GreenerPrinter.com.

Mobilize your search.

You can easily conduct a job search without sacrificing a ton of trees, from applying online to using virtual to-do lists. Skip the filing cabinet and switch to electronic files that can be stored on a computer or USB flash drive. An online service like Box.com or Google Drive can help you organize and store your electronic documents in the cloud so you can access them from virtually anywhere without littering the earth with a paper trail. Check out apps that can take the place of other, less sustainable job-search methods.

Make your workspace a green space.

There are a number of ways to make your home office earth-friendly. Set your computer, printer and other devices to energy-saving settings and be sure to power down when you’re done working for the day. Plug all your hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch so you can easily turn everything off at once. Put a few plants near your workspace to absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen near your desk. Also opt for recycled paper and sustainable products to organize your area.

Be stylishly sustainable.

Local thrift stores and high-end consignment shops often have amazing business wear options that are cheaper - and they might even be vintage! Head there before the mall, and hunt for lightly worn blouses, suits and other accessories that are good for your budget and the earth. Better yet, shop online – studies have shown that online shopping may result in 35 percent less energy consumption. Also, keep an eye out for clothing made of sustainable materials such as bamboo, linen made from organic cotton, wool and flax.

Small changes can make a big difference over time. Get on board with going green, and give these incorporate these sustainable job-search tips a shot.

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