Mac’s List provides a wide range of products and services to help professionals find meaningful work. But, we don’t do everything…
We want to make sure you have all the resources you need to build the career you want in Portland (and beyond). To complement our own offerings, we’ve partnered with a select group of outside organizations also involved in job search and career management.
Did you just land an interview? Congratulations! Now, it’s time to prepare.
The interview stage is the time to show an organization how you will fit into the culture and how you can solve a company’s problems. It is the first time the organization will see you, hear your voice and get an impression, so make it impactful. Guest expert, Caroline Dowd-Higgins, shares her professional tips on how to land your dream job through great interview techniques.
At Mac’s List, we constantly hear that people want a job in the nonprofit industry. Here’s your chance! The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) is hiring a Membership & Resource Manager, responsible for the management and administration of NAO member relations and NAO’s member and non-member resource hub.
On an earlier podcast, guest expert, Hannah Morgan, spoke about how to nail your next phone interview. While wrapping up the interview, she suggested informing the hiring manager you are still interested in the role and asking the question, “Would you think of any reason why I wouldn’t be moved forward in this process?” We thought this was a great question, that required a little more in depth conversation. On this podcast bonus, Mac, Ben, and Jenna sit down and talk about the pros and cons of asking, “Why wouldn’t you hire me?”
If you are between jobs you may find yourself with an abundance of unstructured time on your hands. Trying to make the most out of your day will be frustrating if you don’t know how to effectively manage your time. Guest expert, Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, shares his tips and processes for accomplishing large and small tasks, even if you are on the road.
On Thursday, October 6, Mac List hosted our first “online office hours” event using Facebook Live. This was a great opportunity to connect with our readers in a live and interactive format. Over the hour-long chat, Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, answered questions from job seekers around the country.
The staff of The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences is looking for a full-time Middle School Math Teacher & Science Support. Under minimal supervision, help teach 7th and 8th grade Math (including Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry) and supports the Middle School Life Science Program. This role helps develop interdisciplinary projects with other members of the 7th and 8th-grade core faculty. This position to begin mid-to-late October 2016 through June 2017. Salary for this position is $30,000-$45,000 annually.
For many job seekers, the interview is the most stressful part of the process.
This was definitely the case during in my own job searches.
Here at Mac’s List, we’re extremely proud of our job board, our community of readers, and the employers who post meaningful opportunities on the site. We work hard to make the list a value-added resource for job seekers.
But the truth is this: online job boards–including our own–are just one small part of the job search puzzle.
If you want to speed up your job search and find the most rewarding jobs, you’ve got to do more than search online job postings.
Job applicants do not always know when a hiring manager or recruiter will be calling to conduct an interview. If you are caught unprepared or your situation is not ideal to respond to their questions, it is perfectly acceptable to ask the interviewer to reschedule the call. But, be sure to ask for their number, so the follow-up task belongs to you — not the interviewer.Employers may use phone interviews to save time, get a sense of an applicant’s personality and test their skill level. This phone screening saves an employer time allowing them to weed out those who may not have essential skills needed for the open position.
Going to Mac’s List events, I constantly get asked “Who should I reach out to in order to get a job?” My response is always the same, “your personal network.” Who do you do life with?
Your family, friends, roommates, neighbors, volunteer groups, alumni associations, the lady who rides the bus at the same time as you every morning! Chances are one of these people knows someone who is hiring for a job that you could do. But what if you’ve just moved to a new city? Building those relationships can be a little more challenging. Here is some advice to anyone looking to start a new life in new city:
On August 30, 2016 Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, talked with Angela Copeland, career coach and founder of Coaching Copeland, a website that has been helping job seekers for over 10 years. On top of that, Copeland is a Career Corner newspaper columnist and author of “Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job.” She also runs Copeland Coaching Podcast, where she interviewed Mac.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the expression: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
Yes, it’s a cliche.
But it’s also 100% true.
Earlier this month, Mac’s List was profiled as a rapidly growing enterprise in the Portland Business Journal, the Rose City’s premier business publication. Mac Prichard, our founder and publisher, discussed the origin and growth of Mac’s List, as well as the many products and services we provide to Oregon job seekers.
Below is the full text of the article, which was originally published in the September 16, 2016 edition of the Portland Business Journal.
Do you have a personal website, a personal business card or a folder of compliments you have received? If not, you should, says this week’s guest expert, Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up Coach. A person is more than their current job title. And often, personal projects and hobbies tell more of your story than your job description does.
Billy, a Portland-based startup that provides cloud-based accounting software for small businesses, is looking to hire one full-time senior developer (back-end) and two full-time junior developers (front-end) immediately. This will be the first developer role in the U.S. with a lot of responsibility, very active in the decision-making processes and the team leader as Billy hires more developers. Salary for these roles is $60,000-$100,000 plus stock options.
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.
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!
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.
Beating the Odds: Three Steps to Developing an 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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