Many consider the solar industry to be the “next big thing,” so it’s no wonder you’re considering getting involved in it. As with any prospective job, though, you’re worrying about what steps you need to take in order to get hired. Worry no more – in this post I’ll be giving you some important advice for how to get hired in the solar industry and begin your solar career!
1. Consider what position you’re looking for
This is an obvious first step, but some people don’t even think about the specifics of what they want to do – they just know they want to get involved in the industry. Not knowing what you want to do is not going to look impressive to the company, however, so seriously consider which department you want to work in. Sales? Maybe IT? Perhaps marketing? What unique skills do you bring to the table?
2. Research the Company
As with any job, you’ll want to impress the person or people considering hiring you by knowing the history and ethos of the company. You can never be too thorough, so leave no stone unturned. Once you know a good deal about the company and are convinced you want to work for them, it’s time to make contact.
3. Contact the Company
Now comes the challenging part: interacting with members of the company. You can call them, e-mail someone, or walk in and talk to someone in person. It doesn’t matter which (though it’s good to vary these three methods up, especially since you’ll be making contact with different people depending on which you use). The point is to get your “foot in the door” and have people in different departments know who you are.
4. Don’t worry about being annoying – persistence pays off
You can tell the people working at the company how passionate you are, but nothing will show them your passion (and how much you really want the job) like being persistent. This doesn’t mean bother them every chance you get – just that you don’t want to be passive, but assertive. You can even talk about how you would improve certain projects. However, don’t be presumptuous by acting like you know better than them. Sometimes the best thing to do is listen to what others have to say.
5. Contact The Company Once A Week
Even if the company is not currently hiring, there will come a time when they are. Because you’ve shown how passionate you are, your name will be the first on the list. Why bother going through a bunch of applicants they barely know when you’ve already proven yourself to be intensely interested and dedicated? If they are hiring, your interaction with the company members will make you well-known there, and make you stand out from people who just sent an e-mail or called up once. Following these steps will eventually get you a solar career!