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Mac’s List and Portland Business Alliance Join Forces to Promote Local Jobs

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Big news! Mac’s List has just formalized a new partnership with the Portland Business Alliance. This means even more–and increasingly diverse–job listings coming soon to Mac’s List!

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Why You Need to Stop Keeping Your Options Open

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Whenever I meet a job seeker, the first question I ask is always the same: “What kind of work are you looking for?” At least half the people give me one of the following responses—all of which are a bad omen for their job search… “I’m keeping my options open.” “I’m willing to do anything.” […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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How to Ace Every Type of Interview

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When you think of a job interview, you probably imagine sitting across the table from a hiring manager, answering a series of all-too-familiar questions. While this is certainly the norm, employers increasingly use different types of job interviews to screen candidates in unique ways. Each of these interview types requires  job seekers to use a different strategy […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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The Questions You Should Be Asking At Your Next Interview

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Almost every interview you will ever have will end the same way. After grilling you with their prepared questions, the interviewer will look up and ask: “Do you have any questions for me?” It’s a huge mistake to not take advantage of this opportunity. This is your chance to learn more about the organization, the […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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11 Things You Should Do To Prepare for an Interview

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For many job seekers, the interview is the most stressful part of the process. As your first (and perhaps only) face-to-face meeting with the potential employer, there’s a lot of pressure to showcase your skills, your relevancy, and your cultural fit during one 60-minute conversation. The secret to doing well in an interview–and minimizing your […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Mac Answers Your Job Search Questions

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On Thursday, October 6, Mac List hosted our first “online office hours” event using Facebook Live. This was a great opportunity to connect with our readers in a live and interactive format. Over the hour-long chat, Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, answered questions from job seekers around the country.

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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10 Ways to Find a Job (without using a Job Board)

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Here at Mac’s List, we’re extremely proud of our job board, our community of readers, and the employers who post meaningful opportunities on the site. We work hard to make the list a value-added resource for job seekers. But the truth is this: online job boards–including our own–are just one small part of the job […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Mac’s List Featured in the Portland Business Journal

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Earlier this month, Mac’s List was profiled as a rapidly growing enterprise in the Portland Business Journal, the Rose City’s premier business publication. Mac Prichard, our founder and publisher, discussed the origin and growth of Mac’s List, as well as the many products and services we provide to Oregon job seekers. Below is the full text of […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Straight from an Employer: Four Insider Tips for Winning the Job

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Here are Mac’s List, we regularly reach out to companies that post on our site. We want to know about their staffing needs, their hiring practices, and their experience finding talent through our community. The feedback we receive also sheds light on what works (and what doesn’t) when you’re searching for a job. It’s an […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Mac’s List and TAO Partner To Strengthen Oregon’s Tech Workforce

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The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), the leading nonprofit advocate for the state’s burgeoning tech scene, and Mac’s List, Oregon’s best online source for meaningful employment, announced a new partnership today. The goal of this collaboration is to ensure the continued growth of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s tech sector by connecting firms to passionate and […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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How to Land a Tech Job in Oregon

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Organized by Mac’s List and the Technology Association of Oregon; Sponsored by Simple Oregon had just over 95,000 tech workers in 2015–a number that expected to grow dramatically over the next 5 years.  Tech jobs pay an average of nearly $104,000 a year, more than twice the state average.  Even with the well-publicized Intel layoffs of […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Why Employers Don’t Include Salaries in their Job Posts (and What You Can Do About It)

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We’ve all had this experience… you find a great job opportunity online—one that perfectly aligns with your passion, skills, and expertise. You read through the listing, with growing excitement, until you get to the bottom and see this: Salary: Depends on Experience You: *$#&!^%!

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Resume Hacks: How To Beat Unemployment Bias

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Here’s an ironic, ugly, and unfair truth: being unemployed makes it much more difficult to find a job. Multiple studies show that employers have a bias against candidates who aren’t currently employed. In the some companies, you are automatically disqualified if you’ve been out of work for more than six months. To beat unemployment bias […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Six HR Hiring Secrets You Need to Know

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The Human Resources Department: where 99.9% of all job applications go to die… often, without notice or update. Many job seekers see the HR department as an impenetrable institutional gatekeeper, keeping them from their dream job. If only I could get past this burdensome, impersonal HR process, I’d have no problem landing the gig! There is […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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How to Overcome the Employment-Experience Paradox

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Have you ever seen a job description like this? ENTRY LEVEL JOB OPENING: Hiring recent college grads REQUIREMENTS: 5 years of experience, 6 Olympic gold medals, and superpowers. — Jordan (@jordan_stratton) July 6, 2015 Call it the employment-experience paradox: you need prior experience for job, but you need the job to get the relevant experience. […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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How to Overcome Anxiety and Ace Your First Big Interview

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You’ve found the perfect job opening and sent in an application. The hiring manager was intrigued by your skill set and invited you in for a meeting. Now you just need to close the deal by crushing it in the interview. Don’t worry. You got this!

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Three Overlooked Career Resources for New College Grads

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Congratulations college graduate… you did it! After years of hard work (and probably a couple of all-nighters) you finally got your degree!   Now it’s time to put that education to good use by finding a great job. (Gulp!) Landing your first job out of college can feel pretty daunting. Fortunately there are several amazing […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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The Resume Grand Slam: Focusing on Accomplishments

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There are many, many errors you can make when preparing your resume. But the biggest (and totally avoidable) mistake is to frame your resume around past job responsibilities, rather than professional accomplishments. Your resume exists for just one purpose: to showcase your unique value to prospective employers. When you focus primarily on previous work duties, […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Why You Absolutely Must Customize Your Resume for Each Job

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Many jobseekers expend significant time and energy fine-polishing their resumes, wordsmithing the document until it is “perfect.” They then make a huge mistake by using that exact same resume for each and every job application. You wouldn’t send the same greeting card for every life occasion. Likewise, you shouldn’t send the same resume to every […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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Will Volunteering Help You Get a Job?

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I frequently hear from job seekers who ask about the role of volunteer experience in their job hunt. Specifically, they want to know whether a volunteering is a good way to get a job offer. This question is particularly salient for people looking for work in the nonprofit sector. Here’s the short answer: volunteering can […]

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Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.
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About Ben Forstag

Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, where he is responsible for the organization's editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. Contact Ben at ben@macslist.org.