Get your ESG CV to the top of the pile
Top tips on creating a great first impression
You’ve found the perfect Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) role, but how do you make your CV stand out from the crowd? Here are our top tips for creating that all important first impression.
Make your summary section shine
Highlight any experience you have with ESG in the summary section. This can include any sustainability initiatives you have worked on in the past, any ESG certifications or qualifications you hold, or any involvement you may have had in developing corporate ESG strategies.
Detail your environmental and social impact
Provide examples of how you have contributed to the environmental and social impact of organisations you have worked for in the past. Examples could include projects you have been involved with to reduce greenhouse gases, promote conservation or implement social equity policies.
Emphasise your risk management skills
Demonstrating you have a comprehensive understanding of risk management is key for overall ESG implementation. If you have any experience or knowledge of identifying and mitigating ESG risks, include this in your CV.
Quantify your achievements
Include specific examples of how you have contributed to sustainability goals, such as reducing carbon footprints, achieving a sustainability or ESG accreditation, or reducing the amount of non-recyclable waste at a company.
Show your commitment to ESG
Hiring managers want someone committed to ESG and sustainability. Provide examples of how you have pursued personal sustainability initiatives in your life outside of work, these could include volunteering or engaging in local initiatives.
Soft skills are important too
Demonstrate that you have great communication skills and can work collaboratively with others. If you can, highlight examples of how you have put these skills into practice in previous positions. Selling in Sustainable business practice is a skill high in demand.
Tailor your CV and covering letter
Ensure your CV highlights the essential ESG skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for, together with your transferable skills.
Use keywords and phrases commonly used in the ESG field to help increase the likelihood that your application will get noticed.
Following these tips will help you create a targeted, effective CV for an ESG role.
Highlighting your expertise, quantifying your achievements and emphasising your soft skills will help you stand out in a competitive job market.
At Allen & York we know what good looks like. With a 30-year history of hiring within Environmental and Sustainability, we have the skills and experience to help you make your next great hire. Talk to Spencer on +44(0)1202 88986 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can assist your recruitment efforts.