The Green Jobcast #7

The Green Jobcast, episode 7, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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Sponsored by Jobs in Solar Power & Jobs in Wind Power.

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A Connecticut non-profit, The WorkPlace is reporting that it has been awarded a competitive grant to provide job training to veterans to help them succeed in civilian careers, with an emphasis on “green jobs.”

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded them a $500,000 grant for one year; based on performance, the grant can be renewed for an additional two years, for a total of $1.5 million.

They will be serving veterans throughout two regions – Southwestern and South Central Connecticut – working with lead partner Workforce Alliance, the New Haven-based Workforce Investment Board. They’ll utilize the grant to help approximately 120 veterans pursue employment opportunities in such green jobs as weatherization technician, energy auditor, renewable energy technician, asbestos supervisor, and hazardous waste technician.

Efforts will be coordinated with the CT DOL Veterans programs and a network of referral sources. Training resources will include a growing number of specialized “green” occupational providers as well as expanded Community College curriculum.

RecyGrow is a company that will use green technologies to grow plant life from processed recycled materials. It plans to build a production facility and greenhouses in Janesville Illinois. Green roof technology will be their primary target market.

Construction on their home base doesn’t begin until March, but RecyGrow has already rented a greenhouse so they can begin some of their pilot projects. The company will be hiring 50 employees this spring, but that’s only the beginning…Marketing officer Darren Kennedy says…RecyGrow will be hiring for all skill levels this spring. In the short term RecyGrow will focus on products that help restore shorelines. Eventually they hope to provide products for green roofs and erosion control products, but they say it will take a few years for the company to navigate those areas.

BALTIMORE SUN: A Florida-based biofuel startup with a Baltimore laboratory announced a joint venture Monday to build a pilot plant in Texas for producing ethanol directly from blue-green algae. Algenol Biofuels said it has teamed up with Dow Chemical Company, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology and Membrane Technology and Research Inc. to construct a 100,000-gallon-a year “biorefinery” on 24 leased acres at a Dow plant in Freeport, Tex. The project is meant to test the economic feasibility of Algenol’s process of using carbon dioxide, salt water and sunlight to extract ethanol from cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. With headquarters in Bonita Springs and a research facility in North Baltimore, the company also said it had applied for a $25 million federal economic-stimulus grant to help finance the project. Algenol CEO Paul Woods said the privately held company plans to invest $25 million in the project, which it expects to create or save more than 300 jobs.

US Solar Jobs Map: The Solar Energy Research Education Foundation (SEREF) has produced maps illustrating the growth of jobs likely to result from growth in the solar energy industry for the US. They got help from Google Earth Outreach andGoogle.org to produce the maps using Google Earth technology. The maps show over 400,000 new jobs due to solar energy industry growth by the year 2016. You can view the map using the GE plugin at https://www.seref.us/solarjobsmap.html

How to write a cover letter #8

Elizabeth Smith from Resume Makeovers calls in with her cover letter tip (30 sec) Download >>

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You need to keep the cover letter focused on the employers needs…

Resume and other advice from Revi Goldwasser

We have some new audio from Revi Goldwasser a career coach who conducts free weekly teleclasses at interviewtipsandsecrets.com. In todays class she offers some great inside information about naming your resume and how recruiters think. Download mp3 or play below. (20 min)

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About Revi

Revi Goldwasser is the founder and CEO of Wall Street Personnel, a financial services recruiting firm as well as JobsOnWallStreet.Com a leading financial online job board. Revi has been a recruiter since 2000, and has established relationships with hundreds of employers. Revi has personally coached tens of thousands of job seekers and has helped many of them find new jobs. Revi is a nationally renowned leading authority on how to find a job in today’s competitive job market. Revi has been quoted in the NY Sun, New York City Job Market Update, Recruiter.com, Mywire.com, Informationweek.com, and many other publications.

How to write a cover letter #7

Christine Richardson, a university career counselor called in with her cover letter tip. 2 min (download)

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Ask yourself, how can you grab the attention of the employer

Check out our entire cover letter audio series.

Pat Meehan’s tip of the week #5

This week Pat tells why applying to “old” job postings may give you an edge. (download) 1 minute

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Andrea Santiago’s Healthcare Jobcast #2

This week Andrea informs us of the rise of Medical Science Liaison (download mp3) 4 min 20 sec

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Medical science liaisons are experiencing a surge in demand recently, thanks to new FDA regulations that limit pharmaceutical reps from discussing certain uses for drugs. Find out how to become a medical science liaison, and what challenges you may face working towards a lucrative career in this competitive field.

Career break: stupid interview answers

Want to hear some stupid interview answers given by job candidates? Check out this 3 minute audio (download)

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The Green Jobcast #6

The Green Jobcast, episode 6, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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Sponsored by Jobs in Solar Power & Jobs in Wind Power.

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First up…it urns out that Green jobs account for 3 percent of Oregon’s workforce, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released this week. The report, based on a survey of employers, found 51,402 green jobs in Oregon in 2008, spread across 226 occupations.

The job types came in fields such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental cleanup and restoration. The 5 occupations with the most green jobs were carpenters, farmworkers, truck drivers, hazardous materials removal workers, and landscaping and groundskeeping workers. Together these workers represented 27 percent of Oregon’s green jobs.

In Sacramento, California – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the recipients for 11 new regional California Green Job Corps pilot programs throughout the state. The Participants are 1,500 at-risk young adults aged 16-24. They will receive career training in energy/utilities efficiency and sustainability, green construction, green waste, agricultural and natural resources, solar power and alternative automotive fuel.

According to the San Franciso Business Times: A California-based company has been allocated five megawatts of low-cost hydropower to encourage the construction and operation of a $200 million solar panel manufacturing plant in western New York state.

The new facility for Sunworks Solar LLC would create an estimated 175 permanent clean-energy jobs and 300 construction jobs. The location of the operation has not been determined yet. The facility will manufacture ready-to-deploy solar panels for commercial, government and utility solar markets.

The Idahostatesman in Boise is reporting that – Exergy Development Group will begin this summer to build 14 wind parks across southern Idaho – in Elmore, Cassia, Lincoln and Bingham counties – the parks will produce 228 megawatts of electricity and put Idaho in the top 20 states for wind power. The Boise company says it will create 275 jobs in seven months of construction and 22 permanent positions in the largest wind development project to date in the state. The new wind parks will produce enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.

Continental Wind Power plans to build its first U.S. wind turbine manufacturing and development center in Santa Paula. Discussions have been going on since last fall about locating the manufacturing plant in Santa Paula, which could benefit from as many as 500 new jobs.

Founded in 2007, Continental Wind Power builds and installs midsized wind turbines for large power consumers such as factories, farms and county and city governments. It plans to begin producing turbines in 2010.

Finally, Cornell University will step into the search for alternative fuel. Leaders and professors from the school cut the ribbon on the new $6 million Biofuels Research Laboratory. The lab will be used to study and research ways to convert non-food crops such as sugars from grasses and wood into fuel.

How to write a cover letter (Brad Kaunitz)

Brad Kaunitz from 360jobinterview.com called in with this tip.

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