The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 to help increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. It was the brainstorm of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who wanted Earth Day to serve as a grassroots, educational tool for United States citizens to help protect the environment.
But, Earth Day far surpassed Senator Nelson’s expectations when it eventually led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts – and went global.
Today, we celebrate the Earth with events from picnics to fairs. And, it serves as a reminder for global citizens to pay attention to some of the major issues that are affecting our planet in the short- and long-term.
It also serves as a lesson to job seekers:
Choose a job that means something to you. On the first Earth Day, Senator Nelson and his team were surprised by the overwhelming public response to their cry for environmental awareness. They simply did not have the staff to organize and motivate the 20 million people interested in participating in the event. Luckily for them, the issue spoke for itself – and the general public was able to organize itself and ultimately make a long-term difference internationally.
Your job search can benefit from this same principal; look for a job that motivates you to action. Especially in today’s economy, the job search may be lengthy; but, if you are laser-focused on finding a position that interests you, you won’t be bored in your search or your career. Even better, you will be able to communicate your excitement to potential employers during the pre-screening and interview process – allowing you a better chance of landing the position.
Stay organized. No matter how much you love any particular company, chances are that you will need to apply to several different organizations to be successful in your hunt for the perfect job. That means that your job search will likely involve writing multiple cover letters; re-working your resume to be a good fit for a few different types of open positions; communicating your skills and experience in a unique way to various hiring managers; sending personalized thank you notes to interviewers; and more. The job search is DIFFICULT if you don’t stay organized.
Just as the first organizers of Earth Day counted on participants to organize themselves across the country to achieve a successful event, job seekers must work independently to stay on top of their job search so that they come across to potential employers as professionals who truly care about the company at which they have applied to work.
Keep it simple. According to Senator Nelson, the moniker “Earth Day” was “an obvious and logical name” suggested by “a number of people” in the fall of 1969 – and it stuck! Now, more than 500 million people and governments in 175 countries participate in the event.
Job seekers are sometimes tempted to beef up their cover letter and resume to get noticed in the application process. But, the best way to stand out is to honestly represent who you are, and to communicate why you are excited about an open position – including how your specific skill set will contribute to the company’s bottom line. Keeping your message simple, consistent and personal will go a long way toward finding a dream position.
Today, the burden is increasingly on job seekers to stand out in the hiring process. Hiring managers receive hundreds of resumes for each open job post, and they can’t look at all of them with the diligence that each deserves. So, job seekers must look for ways to stay engaged, organized and on-message in communicating their personal brand to ultimately get hired.
So, the GetHired.com team wants to wish you a happy Earth Day (on Sunday), and happy job hunting!