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New Directions in Nonprofits: Career Skills for the Future

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New Directions in Nonprofits: Career Skills for the Future

Sponsored by the University of Portland Pamplin School of Business

There are seismic changes afoot in the nonprofit community. In Portland and around the country nonprofit organizations are evolving their business models to become more effective and efficient drivers for positive social change. This trend includes the use of big data, entrepreneurial earned-income models, innovative partnerships, and the adoption of other business practices heretofore only found in the corporate sector.

These changes have created great new opportunities for jobseekers looking for work in the nonprofit space. But you need to have the right skills, approach, and attitude to compete in this highly competitive job market.

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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. 041: What to Do After a Job Interview

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Find Your Dream Job, Ep. 041: What To Do After a Job Interview

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We talked in an earlier show about what you can do to prepare for a job interview. But what happens next after you’ve impressed your interviewers?  The steps you take next can make the difference between getting a job offer or a terse rejection letter.  This week we’re talking about what you need to do after you leave the interview room.

Our guest this week is Deena Pierott, founder and CEO of Mosaic Blueprint. Deena provides recruitment and on-boarding services for employers, and she knows what companies are looking for in candidates. She discusses what you can do after your in-person interview to improve your chances of landing the job.

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Bonus Episode: Mac’s Interview on the Non Profit Hour

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PODCAST BONUS: Mac’s Interview on the Non Profit Hour

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Many job seekers are interested in a nonprofit career as a vehicle for rewarding, socially-impactful work. But landing a nonprofit job isn’t easy. Competition is fierce – particularly for the most desirable positions. And the nonprofit sector itself is sometimes quite insular, with the the most plum jobs going to well-connected candidates.

Finding a nonprofit job requires a strategic approach, solid networking, and a clear understanding of what you have to offer social impact organizations.

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Resume Hacks: How To Beat Unemployment Bias

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Resume Hacks: How To Beat Unemployment Bias

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 you need a proactive plan for addressing your work-status with prospective employers.

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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. 040: How To Make A Living as a Musician

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Ep. 40: How To Make A Living As A Musician

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You don’t need to live in Los Angeles or have a hit song to have a successful career in music.  Across the country, tens of thousands of people make good livings as musicians and singers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  And the federal government predicts the number of such jobs will go up in the years ahead.

The pay can be good, too. The average wage for musicians was almost $50,000 a year in 2015.

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Building Relationships to Advance My Career: A Job Seeker Success Story

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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 job seekers.

Name: Jenna Hudson

Occupation: Community Resource Manager at St. Johns Main Street

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Jenna Hudson
Community Resource Manager at St. Johns Mainstreet
Jenna has been a nonprofit professional since an internship in college, where she spent months in Cincinnati combatting urban blight by painting doors and windows on abandoned buildings. Her particular interest is working in organizations that engage in cross-sector partnerships and systems-level improvements and innovations.
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Six HR Hiring Secrets You Need to Know

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Six HR Hiring Secrets You Need to Know

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 certainly an element of truth to this feeling. But there are ways to successfully navigate through and around the HR hiring process!

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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. 039: How to Start Over in a New City, with Terry St. Marie

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Terry St. Marie

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Have you ever thought about putting everything you own into a moving van and taking a new job in a new city?

The typical American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime. From across town to across the country, you’ll face common challenges with job hunting and settling in a new city.

This week on Find Your Dream Job, we talk about how to kickstart your career in a new city. Our guest is Terry St. Marie, who knows all about starting over. In the midst of a successful business career, Terry made the big jump from the the East Coast to the West Coast in 2011.  He’ll share his best tips for building rebuilding a career–and a professional network–from scratch.

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Bonus Episode: Three Tips to Thrive in the Transition from College to Career, with Satya Byock

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Thrive in the Transition from College to Career, with Satya Byock

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You’ve survived years of schooling, finals, group projects and finally have a hard-earned degree in your hands.  You’re still looking for full-time work and your career route is an open road in front of you.  While catching your breath, you get this question, “What are you going to do with your life?”  It’s an overwhelming question for mid-career professionals.

So how do you answer that question just a few weeks after graduation?

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The Best Graduation Present I Ever Got

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

graduationpresentGraduation season is taking over my Facebook feed as my friend’s younger siblings are graduating from college, younger family friends are graduating from high school and some of my nearest and dearest college buddies are getting their Master’s degrees!  

This brings up a huge problem for me: what do you get graduates these days for a gift?  Looking for some inspiration, I asked around the Mac’s List office “What is the best graduation present you ever got?”  Here is what the team had to say:

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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. 038: How to Write a Killer Cover Letter, with Susan Rich

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Ep. 038: How to Write a Killer Cover Letter, with Susan Rich

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Google the words “cover letter” and you will find lots of opinions on the best tactics: which format to use, the right salutations, and to whom you should address your letter.

Our guest expert this week, Susan Rich, author of How to Write a Kick-Butt Resume Cover Letter, says people are missing the most important point of all: an employer has a problem that needs to be solved.  The applicant who shows she or he can solve problem has a huge advantage. Susan shares her advice how to focus your thoughts into to key talking points that address the employer’s needs. A dynamite headline and a powerfully structured cover letter showcases your skills in a way that is uniquely appealing to employers looking for help.

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