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Building Your Social and Public Service Career in Oregon

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Careers in the social and public service sectors provide a rewarding opportunity to address society’s most urgent issues: health and wellness, education, housing, food security, family support, emergency response, and more. Social and public service professionals do vital work that positively and directly impacts the lives of others.

But there are major challenges to entering the field. Many positions require specialized education, and competition for jobs is tight. Plus, salaries in this sector are often lower than average. Success in this rewarding field is achievable, and we look forward to helping you find it!

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Ben Forstag
Managing Director at Mac's List
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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Ep. 020: Reinventing Your Career

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Find Your Dream Job, Ep. 20: Reinventing Your Career

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Everybody knows that changing jobs regularly is the new normal. The days of working for just one or two employers through your adult life are long gone.

But what about switching not just jobs, but careers? Most of us will be in the workplace for four decades or more, so it’s a choice each of us will face. In fact, we may have three or four distinct careers over the course of our working lives.

This week on Find Your Dream Job, we’re talking about the challenges and benefits of changing your career. Our guest expert is Michelle Hynes a career coach who specializes in helping people in the midst of work transitions. Michelle has, herself, gone through several career changes. She shares her insights on how to reinvent yourself, not just to improve your marketability, but also to increase your happiness.

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Local Nonprofit Serving Oregon Children Needs a Professional with a Flair for Fundraising

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Children First for Oregon is hiring a Development Manager! The Development Manager will work with the Executive Director and volunteers to ensure that financial goals are met and receive an annual salary in the range of $47,000 – $50,000.

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Cecilia Bianco
Former Community Manager at Mac's List
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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Get Ready to Land Your Dream Job

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Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond)

The Mac’s List team is excited to announce the official publication of the 2016 edition of Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond). We’ve made the Complete Mac’s List Guide even better, by adding new content and making the book available in paperback and multiple digital formats.

This is the ONLY published book specifically written for jobseekers like you–professionals looking for meaningful, rewarding work in the Rose City. We’ve compiled the best of Mac’s List’s job search advice, and the insider wisdom of Portland’s leading career-experts, in one easy to read guide. It’s a step-by-step manual for getting the job you’ve always wanted.

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Ben Forstag
Managing Director at Mac's List
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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Ep. 019: How to Make (and Keep) Professional Resolutions

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Find Your Dream Job Ep. 019: How to Make (and Keep) Professional Resolutions

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to do something different in your career? The list of changes you seek in the next 12 months could include a raise, a promotion, or a new job. Or maybe you want to improve your professional skills by stepping up your networking, increasing your industry knowledge, or adopting new work habits.  

Whatever your goal, you’re not alone. More than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to some estimates. (Alas, research suggests only about 8% of people stick to those resolutions.)

So what are you doing to ensure your professional resolutions turn into a reality?

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Love Literature & Public Relations? We Have the Job For You

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The Lyceum Agency is hiring an Administrative and Events Coordinator! The Admin and Events Coordinator will provide support for all aspects of the company’s operations ranging from database management to sales and marketing to client services, and receive an annual salary in the range of $34,000 to $37,500.

Why work for the Lyceum Agency?

The Lyceum Agency is a local boutique agency representing authors for their paid public appearance, with exclusive representation to a client roster that includes bestselling and award-winning authors, cultural commentators and academics who are available for lectures, readings, conferences and special events.  Continue reading →

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Cecilia Bianco
Former Community Manager at Mac's List
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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PODCAST BONUS: How to Get an Oregon Government Job

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How To Get An Oregon Government Job

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Government jobs are always tough to land. Mastering the oft-byzantine application process takes practice and insider know-how. In this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Mac Prichard shares his experience applying for government jobs. Mac has worked in multiple departments for the State of Oregon, as well as for several local and state-level elected officials.

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Two Simple Hacks to Revamp Your Resume

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You’ve been spending hours each day on job search sites, applying to each and every job that you’re remotely qualified for. You have 27 versions of your resume, all saved with cryptic titles somewhere on your desktop. If you see another job posting, your eyes will pop right out of your head. Sound familiar?

I have reviewed and revamped thousands of resumes for clients. And the one thing I can say about each and every candidate? Continue reading →

Andrea Gerson
Resume Writer and Career Counselor at Resume Scripter
Andrea Gerson is a top-ranked Resume Writer and Career Counselor. She has more than seven years of experience working with professionals at all stages of their careers, and has provided expert guidance and support to more than 3,000 clients from leading corporations including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Intel, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, as well as clients from renowned organizations including the United Nations, The Red Cross and Obama for America. Andrea earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University and completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at NYU. She has extensive experience leading employment seminars at multiple New York City nonprofit organizations and public agencies, and has led popular workshops on topics including interview strategies, job search methods, resume development and career planning.
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Career Pathways to Doing Good in Oregon

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Career Pathways to Doing Good in Oregon

Are you searching for work to make a difference in the lives of others? Are you looking for a nonprofit job in Oregon?  Do you have an idea for a social good or socially responsible company? Then please join us for this quarterly event co-produced by The Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Hatch Innovation, and Mac’s List.

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Ben Forstag
Managing Director at Mac's List
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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Ep. 018: Advancing Your Career Through Collaboration

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Ep. 018 - Advancing Your Career Through Collaboration

You will find competitors in whatever career you choose. No matter how small or niche your field, some people always stand out in your profession.  Education, experience and other advantages contribute to these people’s success, but how you lead you work life can makes a huge difference, too.

One of the best ways to stand out in your field and in your career is through creative collaboration. Embracing mutuality–sharing of your strengths, acknowledging your weaknesses and partnering with others with complementary skill sets–strengthens your professional credentials in an increasingly interconnected economy. And people who can facilitate collaboration are best positioned to solve employers’ most pressing challenges.

This week on Find Your Dream Job, our guest expert is Kare Anderson, Emmy-winning journalist, TED presenter, and author of Mutuality Matters and Moving from Me to We. Kare believes that collaborative problem solving is the key to a dynamic, engaging and impactful career. She shares her thoughts on how to improve mutuality and the value of team collaboration.

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