If you want a job that lets you make a difference in the world you’ll likely consider a career in public service.
A government job–at the local, state or federal level–can offer you the opportunity to address issues that matter, such as education, the environment, and homelessness. You can find positions suited to every interest and skill, from art history to zoology. And the work itself can be gratifying.
But getting your first government job can be challenging. The application process usually requires patience and persistence. And managing a career in public service requires thoughtful planning.
Oregon Volunteers is hiring a National Service Program Administrator! The National Service Program Administrator will oversee the development and implementation of a programmatic strategic plan to manage all components of the Oregon AmeriCorps program.
Why work for Oregon Volunteers?
The Oregon Volunteers is the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action and Service—a citizen commission appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. The main goal of the Commission is to strengthen our communities by inspiring Oregonians to actively engage, volunteer and serve. Continue reading →
I spent 25 years working for Fortune 250 companies. Two years ago, I left the corporate world to start my encore career—helping local and regional nonprofits as a fundraising and management consultant. I know that many of the former colleagues—and many corporate professionals in general—dream of making a similar career transition into the nonprofit realm.
Unfortunately, there are often significant hurdles for people looking to make this change. Nonprofits and for profits have vastly different professional cultures; in fact, sometimes it seems like the two sectors speak completely different languages! Some people falsely believe that the skills developed in one sector are not transferable to the other.
If you’re facing this challenge, I want to share with you the single best way to overcome the entry barriers to working in a nonprofit. It’s a simple answer: volunteer! Regardless of your professional background, you have skills that can add value to local nonprofits. Volunteering these skills is a great way to get known in the community and get a foothold in the nonprofit space.
Finding meaningful and rewarding work is difficult for just about everyone–especially in a competitive job market like Portland. Older jobseekers, however, face unique challenges landing choice employment positions. Age discrimination can be a real factor in the hiring process, and the barriers can be even higher if you’re coming off a prolonged period of unemployment.
Are you a baby boomer looking to re-enter the workforce? Do you feel like you’re fighting against age discrimination?
In the 2016 edition of Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond), Laura Schlafly, midlife career counselor and owner of Portland-based Career Choices with Laura, shares her expert advice for older professionals interested in an encore career. Here are Laura’s top tips: Continue reading →
53 million Americans–one out of three workers–can be classified as freelance entrepreneurs.
A career as a freelancer offers lots of advantages. You work when and where you want. You set your own prices and keep the profits. You choose your clients and your coworkers. (And yes, you can work at home in your pajamas!)
A career as a freelancer has its challenges, too. You have sole responsibility for finding clients, project management, business operations, contracts, taxes, marketing, scheduling, and everything else in what is, essentially, your own small business.
Oregon Wild is hiring a Wildlife Coordinator! Oregon Wild is a local nonprofit conservation organization with a long list of achievements including safeguarding over 1.7 million acres of Wilderness and 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers through federal legislation—legal victories that have protected hundreds of thousands of acres of old-growth forests and preserved critical wetland habitat, and the preservation and restoration of numerous endangered species, from coho salmon to gray wolves.
Why work for Oregon Wild?
Are you passionate about the conservation of wildlife? Interested in taking your passion to the next level and becoming an active advocate? Oregon Wild is looking for you! Continue reading →
Local radio station KINK 101.9 recently interviewed our very own Mac Prichard, founder of Mac’s List! Host Sheila Hamilton spoke with Mac about how Mac’s List started, what we offer today, and key job-hunting tips in today’s local market.
Last week, I had the pleasure of moderating Making Positive Social Impact in Your Life and Career, a panel discussion at Portland State University, highlighting employment options for students interested in affecting positive social change. The panel included representatives from an array of social impact catalysts: local government, the nonprofit sector, and benefit corporations / b-corps.
Here at Mac’s List, we regularly get questions from our readers about what social change organizations are looking for in new employees. So I presented this question directly to the panelists. Here’s what they had to say:
Writing a winning, stand-out resume can feel like a roadblock to overcome in your job search. Often people experience what we call “resume writer’s block” when applying to a job, especially when dealing with online application systems.
To simplify the process, look at your resume as a marketing document that is used to sell yourself to a potential employer as the best fit for the job. Is your resume “smack in the forehead” obvious? Will it get you an interview–or even better, hired for the job? Continue reading →
Love Social Good Causes & Event Planning? Apply for New Role at International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute is hiring an Events Coordinator! International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is a local nonprofit dedicated to leading and support the transformation to communities that are “socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.”
Why work for IFLI?
If you’re interested in social good causes and making a positive impact on communities worldwide, ILFI is the place for you. Continue reading →
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