In this demanding job market you need to stand out from the rest of the job seekers to land that dream position. Here are five qualities that every outdoors employer wants you to have:
Are you motivated enough to work for free? When an employer sees that you take time to maintain trails or pick up trash on the side of a riverbank, it shows them that you have drive and personal passion—both qualities that will be a valuable asset to their team. Be philanthropic because you love the outdoors. The karma you receive from giving back will come around and help get that foot in the door.
Maybe you pursue an education in environmental studies or recreational management, or maybe you’re a member of the outdoor club. Anything that shows you have a genuine interest in the environment shows that you are thinking progressively but that you are fighting to protect the places that enable the industry to thrive.
Between Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, American Canoe Association Instructor, or National Outdoor Leadership School; certain certifications can get you far. It’s the technical edge, the set of authentic skills that can set you apart. None of them come cheaply (time or money), so choose the right one for the right focus, and the confidence and credentials will add an extra card to your deck.
To land a job with an outdoors brand, it’s essential to be authentic. If you’re trying to get into the outdoor industry, chances are you love the great outdoors. But you have to know it beyond the idyllic sense. Being active helps you better understand active consumers. Be able to talk about and express the values you find in your recreational pursuits in the wilderness, and soon enough you could be getting paid to work amongst the same trees.
It doesn’t count to say “I’m passionate about…,” you have to show it somehow. A good start is to follow the previous four tips, but it goes beyond that. It’s in your attitude and personality, where your priorities are and how you like to spend your time. Be honest with yourself when you ask these questions and it will not only show in your interview, but that dream job you’re searching for? It might just find you.