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"My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process. We will invest in solar power, wind power and next generation biofuels. We will tap nuclear power, while making sure it's safe. And we will develop clean coal technologies."  - Barack Obama, November 18, 2008

There is no doubt that the only way for the United States to recover from its current economic state is to, as it has in the past, invest in new technologies. Green technologies.  This is where you come in.  Here are some tips on how to enter the Green job market.

1. Get Active: What's your passion? Solar? Water Conservation? Landscape? Ecological Science? Choose an area an run with it.  Find out about local volunteer work you can do to get your foot in the door try Together Green, a site which links individuals with green volunteer options).  Take a look at our Activist page and see where you fit in. 

2. Get Knowledge: There are many ways to update your brain with information about Green Technologies.  While Google University is a good place to start, I highly recommend looking into structured program. If you have an established career in an area such as Project Management or IT, consider a diploma or certificate program in your area of interest (for example, ASES offers a "Solar Success!" training and the University of Washington offers certificates in Low Impact Development, Wetland Science, Urban Green Infrastructure, and many more).  This will allow you to find a job in the green field using your existing knowledge and experience.  If you have more time or resources consider a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Sciences, and MS in Ecological Sciences, or an MBA in Sustainable Management.

3. Get a Network: Get your beautiful face out the door and start talking to people.  Explore Meetup.com and find a group of like-minded individuals.  The best way to get a new job is through a personal referral.  And, hey, talking Green at a local pub is more fun then sitting at home and eating an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's. 

4. Get a Blog: Start a KeenForGreen blog TODAY. This gives you a papertrail.  A place to show off your skills, strengths, and wide knowledge base.  It tells future employers that you are committed to eco-causes on a personal level.