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Are You Sabotaging Your EHS Job Search? How to Tell If You Are Your Worst Enemy

If you're struggling to find entry-level occupational health and safety jobs, it might be time to look in the mirror: you might be the one sabotaging your job search. 

There is a slew of reasons you might dismiss a perfectly good job. They might not pay enough or it's a further commute than you're used to. While these are perfectly valid reasons, you cannot indulge in these behaviors. Here's how to tell if you've become your own worst enemy (regarding your job hunt).

You don't know what you want

A lot of people have an open mind when they go hunting down a new job. It makes sense; you're tired of your current job and you want something new.

You have a vague idea of what you want, but you're not set on a specific job. Environmental, health & safety jobs cover a range of different categories and industries, from retail to food to construction. Ask yourself some key questions if you don't have a set goal in mind, like, "Do I want to be an EHS coordinator?" "Would I feel more fulfilled looking at industrial hygiene jobs?" Is being an environmental engineer something I'm interested in?" Giving yourself a better direction will yield fewer results, but you'll be encouraged to apply for jobs that suit your interests.


You didn't do the proper research

You finally make it into the interview, but you realize this job is expecting more from you than you have to offer. Back to the drawing board.

Had you done research on the position before you applied for the position, you likely wouldn't have applied for the job in the first place. Sometimes shorter job descriptions give you an inkling of the job's demands, but not the whole picture. Do research for the type of job you want so you should know what to expect when you walk through that door. It can also help you determine if your employer is expecting too much from their employees and what your pay should look like. Keep in mind that the median annual salary for environmental scientists in the U.S. was around $70,000 in 2017. Talk to other people who work in environmental safety to get a better idea of what you're going into.


You haven't updated your documents

Resume. Cover letter. LinkedIn profile. These are just some of the documents you should update regularly to showcase your skills, experience, and interests. Read them over for typos, incorrect dates, and any run-on sentences. These sources represent you; it's the first impression you give your potential employer. Make it clean. Make it accurate. Make it count.

If you're stuck looking for jobs in environmental management, ask yourself if you're sabotaging your job-hunting process. Industrial hygiene jobs are out there, you just need direction. Visit EHSCareers today to find the job of your dreams, whether you need industrial hygiene jobs or management work. 

Oct 2