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Three Pro Tips to Take Your Networking to the Next Level

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Three Pro Tips to Take Your Networking to the Next Level

Networking is the single most productive job search tactic–especially when you’re looking for jobs that never get publicly advertised.

It’s also the one activity that most terrifies job seekers.

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Mac Prichard publishes Mac's List and owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. He also blogs regularly about job-hunting in Portland.
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Have You Heard the Most Popular Episodes of Find Your Dream Job?

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Have you heard the Most Popular Episodes of Find Your Dream Job?

Last fall, Mac’s List launched our first podcast, Find Your Dream Job. Since then we’ve released  53 weekly episodes, 21 bonus clips, and received more than 130,000 total downloads.

That’s a lot of audio content. 35.8 hours, to be exact. You could drive from Portland, Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia, listening to nothing but our show–and still have 2 episodes remaining when you arrive!

Not planning a long road trip? Need a primer on our show? No worries! We’ve got you covered!

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Ep. 053: How to Make the Most of a Networking Event, with Angela Copeland

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How to Make the Most of a Networking Event

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If the purpose of networking is to build relationships, then why would you only network when you are job hunting? Guest expert, Angela Copeland says it takes time for someone to get to know you, so start networking now. If you are unsure of  where to find information about networking events, Angela suggests to look online for associations or groups in your field of work, contact the local Chamber of Commerce or go to Meetup.com.

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Beating the Odds: Three Steps to Developing an Awesome Answer for the Dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

Posted on by Scott Barlow

Awesome Answer for the Dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

You know it’s coming, but it still freezes you in your tracks like a deer in the headlights.

Maybe it’s right after you sit down in the visitor’s chair, across the desk from the interviewer. Or maybe it’s ten or fifteen minutes into your conversation, just when you start to think you might escape this time.

But then it hits you. The interviewer flips through your file, folds her hands on top of her desk, looks at you expectantly and says the words that strike fear in the hearts of every job-seeker:

“So… tell me about yourself.”

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Bonus Episode: Mac’s Interview on the Making Oregon Podcast

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Making Oregon Podcast

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On July 14, 2016 Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, talked with Terry Starbucker, cofounder and publisher of Built Oregon, a monthly online magazine that serves to tell Oregon entrepreneurial stories.  Built Oregon also has a podcast called, Making Oregon, this podcast brings you Built Oregon conversations with innovators, makers, doers, disruptors, foodies, dreamers, and groundbreakers from all across the state of Oregon.  These entrepreneurs talk about the inspiration and ingenuity it takes to make Oregon the best place they know to build and sustain a prosperous lifestyle.

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Career Opportunities in Change Communications

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

Career Opportunities in Change Communications

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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Shine In Your Next Interview By Clearly Communicating Your D.A.T.A.

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Shine In Your Next Interview By Clearly Communicating Your D.A.T.A.

Here’s an easy way to organize the essential points you want to get across in any job interview. Tell them your D.A.T.A.; your Desire, Abilities, Traits and Accomplishments, and you’ll have delivered the critical elements of what makes you a great candidate. Have you ever finished an interview and realized you forgot to mention a crucial qualification? Or realized that you forgot to tell them about your motivation to do the job? Or an essential attribute or accomplishment? If you communicate your D.A.T.A., you’ve communicated the key qualifications to do the job.

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Marsha Warner
Career Coach & Counselor at Career Factors
Marsha Warner, MS, SPHR is a nationally recognized career coach and recruiter. “It has been my privilege to work with hundreds of people like you as their career coach. As an HR leader and recruiter in corporations, I know what companies look for and how to communicate that career brand to an employer. I’ve developed a Career Map and Career Renewal process to chart a meaningful work life that brings rewards, meaning and delight to life.”
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Straight from an Employer: Four Insider Tips for Winning the Job

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Four Insider Tips for Winning the Job

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 opportunity to learn how employers evaluate candidates, and what you can do to maximize your chances of landing the job.

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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. 052: What Successful People Do Differently, with Don Hutcheson

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What Successful People Do Differently

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There is a structure or blueprint to being a successful person but there is no perfect formula. The design differs for everyone, as guest expert Don Hutcheson explains. It is necessary to dig into who you are and what you are supposed to be doing before attempting to be successful at any one thing.

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OAHHS Seeks Vice President of Policy

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

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Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems (OAHHS) is seeking a key contributor for a newly created position, Vice President of Policy. This position is primarily charged with working with internal stakeholders to proactively identify, shape and package the key policy issues facing OAHHS and its members. This VP will identify the current state of affairs with members, and aggregate data into meaningful and easily understood information that will support policy positions from both a state and national perspective. He or she will provide well-researched recommendations and analysis, to support member hospitals and OAHHS policy agenda. They will interpret legislation and statute, and recommend formal policy positions for consideration on a broad spectrum of hospital-related issues. The VP of Policy will serve as a key member of the association’s policy and advocacy team. OAHHS is looking for someone with management experience and who can lead a team, with healthcare policy expertise – both state and federal, who is outcomes based, research orientated, and enjoys leading initiatives independently. Salary for this role is $120,000 annually.

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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Restarting My Career After a 15 Year Hiatus | A Job Search Success Story

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Restarting My Career After a 15 Year Hiatus

Everyone’s job search story is different, but each individual story can inspire and empower others who are on their own unique path. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to help us all better understand the local job market!

Name: Leslie Yeargers

Occupation: Office and Operations Coordinator

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Leslie Yeargers
Office and Operations Coordinator at Vicki Lind and Associates
Leslie has a diverse professional background, with experience in technical writing, family counseling, and employee relations. After a 15 year hiatus to raise children, Leslie on-ramped her career through jobs in the real-estate and career services sector.
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What Comes First: The Move or the Job?

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

What Comes First: The Move or the Job?

It’s no secret that people move around the country (and, increasingly, around the world) to find better work and advance their careers. In fact, the US Census bureau estimates that nearly seven million people relocate each year in search of employment. Almost half of those people move more than 500 miles to find a new job.

The prospect of finding work in a new town–especially before you’ve moved–can be daunting, For many job seekers, this feels like a “chicken or the egg” causality dilemma: should they should find a job before moving, or take leap of faith and look for a job after relocating.

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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Ep. 051: How Women Can Get Back to Work After a Career Break, with Jennifer Gefsky

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Women Can Get Back to Work After a Career Break

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Did you know 90% of women who opt out of the workforce will return at some point? The most common reason women decide to opt out is to take care of their children, and in the case of the Generation X-ers to care for elderly parents.

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Join NWABA’s Team as the Director of Development

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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes’ is seeking a Director of Development, who will be responsible for all aspects of the development program including major gifts, planned gifts, corporate sponsorship, special events, foundation relations, donor database, budgeting and supervising development staff. This position is coming at a pivotal time in the NWABA’s growth and will support significant and sustainable expansion of the NWABA’s life-changing programs for children, youth, adults and military veterans who are blind and visually impaired. As an integral member of the development team, the Director of Development will have a goal of raising more than $850,000 annually to support current operations and future growth initiatives.

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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Bonus: Why Don’t Employers Include a Job Salary in a Job Post?

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Why Don’t Employers Include a Job Salary

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On July 14, 2016, Ben Forstag published a blog post on Mac’s List, “Why Employers Don’t Include Salaries in their Job Posts (and What You Can Do About It).” This sparked a lengthy and lively discussion in the comments section. We decided to continue the conversation on this week’s Find Your Dream Job podcast.  Mac, Ben and Jenna discuss why employers don’t post a salary range in a job posts and share tips on how you can work around this all-too-common practice.

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How to Find Jobs at Nike, Adidas, Columbia, or Intel

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

How to Find Jobs at Nike, Adidas, Columbia, or IntelHave you ever wondered why we don’t have more jobs on Mac’s List for corporations like Nike, Adidas, Columbia or Intel?

These are some of largest employers in the Pacific Northwest, and jobs at these corporations are highly sought after from applicants around the world. Recruiters for these companies typically don’t post job openings on Mac’s List – or any job board for that matter. They don’t have to because applicants come to them.

We asked employees who work for these brands what they think it takes to compete for a position at their company, and here are their answers…

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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Ep. 050: Why You Need to Toot Your Own Horn at Work Now, with Dan Rust

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Toot Your Own Horn at Work Now

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Keeping a record of career accomplishments is an employee’s own responsibility. If a manager is accountable for ten people, they may not remember the special thing one team member did ten months ago. A person can make it easier on themselves and on their manager by keeping track of their accomplishments, and by letting managers know, specifically, what those accomplishments are. This becomes a powerful tactic when a juicy promotion becomes available.

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Help Others Find Their Dream Job as WSW’s Workforce Systems Manager

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

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Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, is seeking a manager of workforce systems. Founded in 2002, WSW is a 501(c)3 with a mission to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington. The successful candidate will have strong skills in managing and coordinating partnerships, data integration and interpretation, and the creative networking aptitudes necessary to continually enhance and broaden the reach of workforce development programs aimed at enriching people’s lives. The salary range for this role is $55,000 to $62,000/year.

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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How to Fight Through the Job Search Slump

Posted on by Sarah Cohen-Doherty

sarahcohenEveryone’s job search story is different, but each individual story can inspire and empower others who are on their own unique path. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to help us all better understand the local job market!

Name: Sarah Cohen-Doherty

Occupation: YMCA Program Director

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Are You Ready to Dump Your Job and Work for Yourself?

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Are You Ready to Dump Your Job and Work for Yourself?Finding full-time work and achieving an ideal work-life balance can be challenging.  For many people, self-employment is the best solution to this challenge.

I saw this at firsthand when I attended a party organized by Chris Guillebeau, who writes about unconventional work, entrepreneurship, and foreign travel on his blog, The Art of Nonconformity.

Chris has never held a regular job. Instead, he has found ways to turn his ideas into income that allows him to help others and travel frequently visiting all 193 countries by the age of 35.

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Mac Prichard
Mac Prichard publishes Mac's List and owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. He also blogs regularly about job-hunting in Portland.
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