How Green is Your Job Search?

by Meg Guiseppi on January 22, 2010

Do you feel the need to print out every job description that interests you or every piece of job search information or every email you receive?

“Think before you print.” You’re probably seeing this notice more often at the bottom of environmentally-conscious emailers’ messages.

I was talking with a friend the other day who said he HAS to print out every email or it isn’t real to him. He needs to be able to touch it. And he can’t get a handle on organizing all those communications unless they’re in a pile in front of him.

When creating resumes, biograhies, and other documents, I used to print each one of the many revised versions it always takes me to get a document just right (I’m a perfectionist) – sometimes 20 or more copies for one client! I’ve cut that down to only one or two, and reuse paper by printing on both sides.

Consequently, I can’t remember the last time I had to haul out and empty my office paper recycle box. And of course, I’m buying fewer reams of paper.

Although I’m still someone who has to do my pleasure reading from an actual hard-copy book (Kindle is not for me), I’ve weaned myself off of needing paper copies for most of my work. I’ve gotten used to bookmarking websites and creating an organized digital filing system to keep track of information when I’m researching topics to blog about, so I don’t have to print dozens of pages.

PlanetGreen has an article on the Top 10 Tips for Going Green at Work, some of which also applies to home work spaces.

It may take a little getting used to, but if you just ponder for a moment whether you really need to print something out, you may find it’s actually more convenient to store it online. It may be easier to find and access an online file than a hard copy. This also translates to needing less space for paper files.

The Sierra Club offers other tips to green up your workplace and job search: 10 Ways to Go Green at Work.

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