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The Resume Grand Slam: Focusing on Accomplishments

Posted on by Ben Forstag

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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, you’re merely describing past jobs, not defining your professional skill set. Even if you had significant formal responsibilities in a previous position, a mere listing of these tasks tells the reader nothing about how well you actually performed your duties

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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. 032: How to Get the Career You Want with Katie Kelley

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How to Get the Career You Want with Katie Kelley

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Every time you switch jobs, you have the opportunity to redefine your career—to pursue new challenges and find new meaning in your work life.

Most workers have ample opportunity to change career paths; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the typical American will have 10 different jobs before the age of 40.  Yet many of us struggle to make the big choice of changing professional direction.

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SeatGeek Looking to Fill Seats with Event Experts

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

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SeatGeek is passionate about providing ridiculously good customer service, and their Event Expert folks are some of the best and brightest in the industry.  So if you love helping people, are smart, humorous, creative, and can work well under pressure, SeatGeek’s Event Expert position might be your next dream job.

As a member of the Event Expert team, you are the voice of SeatGeek. You will interact with customers through phone calls, emails, live chat and social media to resolve issues and stay in the know about SeatGeek’s latest features.

Why work for SeatGeek?

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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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5 Fundamental Truths About Resumes

Posted on by Jenny Foss

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Let’s get it right out there: Crafting a killer resume is hard.

For many people, it’s insanely hard. (This, by the way, is why the entire professional resume writing industry exists.)

At JobJenny.com, we’ve worked with PhDs, MBAs, CEOs, PMPs, RNs, BS’s, and just every acronym in between. We’ve worked with Olympians, Fulbright Scholars and front-line service providers who are out there hauling ass every day to make big things happen.

And for each of these people, when it comes to writing a resume?

They get stuck.

So why, exactly, are resumes so hard?

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Jenny Foss
Jenny Foss operates a Portland, OR based recruiting firm, Ladder Recruiting Group, and is creator of the blog JobJenny.com. Jenny is also the author of the just-launched Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the strategic job search ebook, To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search .
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My Journey from a Good Job to a Dream Job

Posted on by Tak Kendrick

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Everyone’s job search is different, but each person’s story can teach us what works (and what doesn’t) in the local job market. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland. We share these stories to inspire you in your own search and to give you tips from fellow jobseekers.

This week, reader Tak Kendrick shares how focussing on his professional and personal goals helped him identify and land his dream job.

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Tak Kendrick
Communications and Marketing Director at Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
Tak is a communications professional with background in leveraging Web 2.0 technologies and traditional media to build and inform community. His professional experience includes communications work for a mid-sized foundation, community management and content direction for an online startup, and 5+ years of journalism experience for community-based publications and radio.
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Why You Absolutely Must Customize Your Resume for Each Job

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Why You Absolutely Must Customize Your Resume for Each Job

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 prospective employer!

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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. 031: Sell Your Ideas, Not Your Skills with Larry Smith

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Sell Your Ideas, Not Your Skills with Larry Smith

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To have a great career, you need passion. But you also need a solid plan.  Specifically, you need to know how your passions and ideas will be marketable in an ever-evolving job market.

This week on “Find Your Dream Job” we’re talking about career management and how to build a plan for a remarkable long-term career. Mac interviews professor and author Larry Smith, whose provocative TED talk, “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career,” has attracted more than six million views. Larry urges his students to explore their passions–but also to think about their ongoing relevance in the job market.

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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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PODCAST BONUS: Lessons Learned By The Recently Unemployed (with Marsha Warner)

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Lessons Learned By The Recently Unemployed with Marsha Warner

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All too often people only think about career management when they are actively looking for a job. This is a big mistake! Ongoing, proactive career management while you are employed can pay huge dividends next time you are looking for work. Don’t wait to lay the foundation for your next job search!

On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Marsha Warner, owner of Portland-based Career Factors, shares professional regrets she’s heard from her clients. She reads “Lessons Learned By The Recently Unemployed”, her contribution to our book, Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond).

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Should You Disclose your Disability in a Job Interview?

Posted on by Kali Giaritta

Should You Disclose Your Disability in a Job Interview

Nearly 20% of Americans have a disability—a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Many of these disabilities are “hidden conditions,” such as ADD/ADHD, diabetes, chronic illness, PTSD, learning disabilities, and depression.

Traditionally, job seekers with disabilities have been advised to never disclose their condition. The thinking behind this approach is that if you reveal a disability, it damages your chances of getting hired. But in 2016, is that still the case?

The truth is, learning how to strategically speak up about your disability may, in fact, boost your chances of getting a job.

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Kali Giaritta
Employment Program Coordinator at Incight
Kali is a disability advocate, yoga teacher, writer, and musician living in Portland, OR. Her work with Incight helps to open doors for Oregon job seekers with disabilities.
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