45 good reasons to clean up your online identity


by Teri Fritsma

It used to be that employers only had resumes, cover letters, and interviews to go by when making hiring decisions.  No more.  A new study conducted by Harris Interactive (on behalf of CareerBuilder.com) shows that 45% of all employers reported checking up on job applicants using social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  And 35% of employers said that they found material on these sites that actually caused them not to hire certain applicants. 

 

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It’s Easy Being Green: Career Advice from a Green Copywriter


by Teri Fritsma

Green marketing is a new and emerging career field — so new, in fact, that there’s not much standard information on wages, skill requirements, or growth projections yet.   If you’re interested in going into this field, or another new and emerging occupation, how can you learn about it?  One way is to talk to people who are already working in the field.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Anne Michelsen, green copywriter and co-owner of  Marathon Renewable Energy in Wasau, Wisconsin.  During our conversation, Michelsen offered some great advice for green career seekers.

 

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Interested in sustainability and the environment?


by Shirley Fenlason

Sustainability and the environment are hot topics these days. Have you thought about turning this interest into an education choice? Inside Higher Ed just published “Schools of Sustainability, Colleges of the Environment” highlighting universities that are establishing colleges or programs in these multi-disciplinary areas. Green and energy degrees incorporate diverse fields of study for students and prepare them for careers in a variety of industries. The report gives examples of such program options including those at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Their degrees include ecosystems and human impact, business management with a specialization in sustainable business, and environmental design, policy, and planning. You can also check out examples in Section 1 of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education‘s most recent report that highlights 66, new-in 2008 “sustainability-focused academic programs.”

 

So what programs are available in Minnesota?

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