Chicago Green Jobs


Brush up your job skills with C3
March 11, 2009, 2:00 am
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Job hunting in the age of the webernets can be a dismal excercise – surfing job listings all day is temptingly easy, but it’s just not that effective. Developing New Skills and Growing Your Network™ is the official best practice recommended by all the job hunting pros, which is easier said than done. Luckily, the city of Chicago has a program that helps green job hunters do just that: the Chicago Conservation Corps, or C3, offers training in leadership and project management to folks interested in becoming environmental leaders in their communities – and provides up to $500 to fund the community project of your choice.

For the $75 registration fee, it’s a pretty stellar deal for anyone who wants to develop their professional skills in a hands-on way while making connections both within the community and with their classmates. And for job hunters, executing a local green project is an excellent way to keep your resume current. The training itself is really strong – participants get a good grounding both in sustainability and project management over a series of five courses (details here). And better yet, C3 offers mentorship and project development guidance over several months after the original trainings.

If you’re interested, then you need to act soon: all participants must attend an hour’s worth of orientation, and these sessions are happening over the next week:

  • Wednesday, March 11 — 7pm-8pm, Chicago Park District’s South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.
  • Saturday, March 14 — 10am-11am, Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
  • Monday, March 16 — 12pm-1pm, Chicago Department of Environment, 30 N. LaSalle 25th Fl

It’s a pretty cool program, but don’t take my word for it! Check their blog for some stories from participants.

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