CleanTechies Helps Job Seekers Ease the Transition from Mainstream to CleanTech

Let’s get right to the point – losing your job sucks. Looking for work is a drag. Going to endless job interviews is stressful at best, at worst it’s a humiliating exercise in futility.

This is the unfortunate experience for a steadily increasing number of people, as the monthly employment reports regularly remind us. But not only is the economy receding, it is shifting as well, as new technologies and energy sources combine with a realization that “bridled growth” is the path to long term sustainability (pdf) and triple bottom line economics become the basis for what emerges from the other end of the current downturn. And the shining star in all this is the clean tech sector. Perhaps for most yet more promise and hope than reality, what is needed is a way to help individual job seekers smooth their transition to the “Clean Tech economy.”

The mission of, is just that. Combining a clean-tech job board, specialized resume writing service, interactive community, and the latest in industry news and trends, CleanTechies has set out to help ease the way into the new energy economy,

Looking for a job may still suck, but what results from the effort just might be the start of a new career that helps grow a new economy, one where “CleanTech” becomes a core component of the mainstream economy.

Okay, that’s a lot to ask from a single website – let’s back up a moment and take a closer look.

Just what is a “clean techie?”

Clean tech doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and that is good news for otherwise trained professionals suddenly finding themselves on the job market. Many “mainstream” skills that have constituted the backbone of the the now faltering economic engine will remain as necessary as ever, even as the clean tech economy emerges to take its place.

The term “clean tech” naturally lends itself to the purely technical – engineers, researchers, scientists, and technicians – but it also takes lawyers, accountants, land negotiators, legislators, farmers and agricultural workers, clerks, assistants, and all the rest (even bloggers) to make the clean tech economy work.

Thus the concept of “rebranding” your skill set is a core focus of, according to co-founder and CEO Ian Thomson. For many, becoming a “clean techie” is simply taking what you already know and applying it in a new direction.

On a practical level, the newly established resume writing service helps professionals rebrand and market themselves for a new economy.

A job board is a job board is a board…

A job board is only as good as the jobs listed within it. Frankly, it’s possible to find the same job listed across several boards, and “CleanTech” job boards are finding their way into cyberspace as the opportunities in the sector grow (also see Hayley’s recent post on Sustainlane’s recent addition of a “green collar” job board). What makes any particular project unique are the value added services and community the site provides, as is the case, in my opinion, with CleanTechies.

As a former independent clean tech consultant and founder of CleanTech Human Capital, CEO Thomsan brings to his new endeavor his experience and passion for the clean tech sector, combined with an understanding that “human capital” is the key ingredient to a new, emergent, recovered, and thriving economy. He and his CleanTechies co-founders Marco Schmoecker and Ceylan Oney have from the beginning aimed at creating a community and focal point for the clean technology and renewable energy sector.

From an award-winning blog, events calendar, current sector news, and especially the new resume writing service, CleanTechies mission is to help bring real opportunity for anyone interested in charting a course in the clean tech and renewable energy sector, from students and entry-level workers to senior executives.

Recognized by their peers

Even though CleanTechies just launched last September, the site won a close second place for the Weblog “2008 Best Business Blog” award, following that up with the Blog of the Day Award for Monday March 2nd.

The point of CleanTechies, as Thomsan sees it, is to create “entry points” into the clean tech marketplace for job seekers with various backgrounds, skill sets, and levels of experience. By focusing on industry and sector developments, building community through a well written blog and ongoing events calendar, and offering and expanding set of useful tools and services like a dedicated resume writing service, CleanTechies will, says Thomson, “continue to grow with its users.”

Now, it may not necessarily make hunting for a job a pleasant experience, but it just might provide the starting point for a new career with a future – for a career that is the future.

Tom is the founder, editor, and publisher of and the TDS Environmental Media Network. He has been a contributor for Triple Pundit since 2007. Tom has also written for Slate, Earth911, the Pepsico Foundation, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, and many other sustainability-focused publications. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

3 responses

  1. What we need here is some focus. For instance, I live in a 40 unit condo in Los Angeles, CA. I want to set up an ecologically friendly environment on our grounds, which takes into consideration our drought, conditioning the ground for fruit & vegetable growth, composting, locations for thin film solar panels, watering, taking measurements & providing an estimate to the owners. It would take some gardeners, technicians, designers and management to pull it off. How about getting the permits and selling power back to the electric company? During the peak day time when everybody is at work, we would be producing the maximum to the grid. Any comments?

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