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7 Attributes Fortune 500 Industry Employers Want in New EHS Hires

On Demand partners with many Fortune 500 companies to find top-notch EH&S talent. Over the past 10 years, our recruiters have identified the 7 most wanted attributes by industry hiring managers. How many of these ideal qualities have you attained? If the list is short—don’t worry—it is never too late to start working towards achieving these attributes to become the most marketable candidate for future advancement.

  1. Technical Degrees
    Hiring companies require technical degrees for many technical roles. Degrees that get the most attention include Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering for environmental roles. Other technical degrees may be considered if science-related. Health and safety roles typically require a degree related to Occupational Safety and/or Public Health.
  2. Licenses and Certifications
    Candidates that achieve and maintain professional licenses and certifications show hiring managers they have a passion and a commitment to their field. Certifications require initiative and commitment to the latest in EH&S training programs, as well as membership and participation in local and national industry groups. Some of the most sought certifications include licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Engineer-in-Training (EIT), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
  3. EH&S Experience from Reputable World-Class Companies
    Many companies with a global presence value their reputation stemming from all aspects of EH&S and sustainability including people, profit and planet. Companies understand at the corporate and site levels that EH&S program development, implementation, and ongoing program management is crucial for the well-being of their employees and communities, as well as, building an excellent reputation and bottom line profit for business. Hiring managers will recruit from companies with a reputation for EH&S excellence.
  4. Clear and Progressive Career Path
    Hiring managers like to see resumes of candidates that have a clearly defined EH&S career path in progressively advancing roles. There is a perception of personal commitment and initiative for development, advancement, mentorship, and leadership.
  5. Good Tenure
    Employees are investments and companies want to hire EH&S professionals that have a proven track record to stick around and deliver results. If you are not averaging five years or more at each employer, stay with your company longer to have your resume be more marketable in the future.
  6. Hands-on Work Methodology
    It is crucial for industry employers to hire those EH&S professionals with a “hands-on” work methodology. This applies at multiple levels from entry-level to leadership roles. Taking action towards EH&S performance improvements away from the desk will always impress.
  7. Solid Communications Skills
    Solid communications skills are a must for EH&S professionals to effectively communicate with team members, other departments, agency representatives, and the community. The ability to speak and write effectively to all stakeholders to the organization through the appropriate channels will speak volumes.

If you are interested in making a career change, let On Demand help you take the next step. Our extensive industry knowledge allows us to accurately represent you like no other environmental staffing company. Contact a recruiter today at (866) 862-1399 or recruiter@ondemandenv.com.