2016 has been a big year for Mac’s List. Over the past year, we’ve increased the number of job postings on our site, published a new book, developed several online courses, and continued to build our blog and podcast. None of this would have been possible without the support and trust from you, our readers. Thank you, so much, for being part of the Mac’s List community!
My team and I are constantly working to make Mac’s List the best possible resource for job seekers and active career managers like yourself. We’ve got some big plans for the year ahead, but we need your help…
Are you a person who is thinking about the question you are going to ask more than you are thinking about the person who will be answering the question? Have you considered how your question or problem sounds to the other person? Guest expert Julie Broad says “People often think about themselves when they are communicating, when they should be carefully considering what matters to the other person.” Considering what perspective the question should be framed in so it matters to the other person, can make it a very different conversation AND increase your credibility.
With engagement season fast approaching, the Mac’s List team (Publisher, Mac Prichard; Managing Director, Ben Forstag; and Community Manager, Jenna Forstrom) sat down to talk about Bruce Hurwitz’s LinkedIn post, “When interviewing for a job, lose the ring!”
Did you know there are jobs shared on Twitter every day? If you know how to look for the jobs you want, Twitter provides you with an opportunity to connect with the person behind the posting. Twitter should be looked at as a real-time job search engine and communication channel, says guest expert Chris Russell.
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: Brian Allbritton
Occupation: Executive Director, Oregon Energy Fund (formerly HEAT Oregon)
Anyone who has ever gone through the process knows that looking for a new job can be a frustrating, dispiriting, and painful experience.
Like root canal painful.
I know this because I’ve experienced several extended periods of unemployment in my life. I also speak with countless people each year who are going through difficult job searches.
There are few things in the world that I get really, really excited about. (I’m talking kid-in-a candy-shop excited.) They are: craft beer, serving the homeless, and my dog, Bullet. Although I know it’s hard to believe, I’m also super passionate about my job.
I’m fascinated by how technology changes consumer behavior. I love using social media as a storytelling tool. The icing on the cake is that every day I get to help people find their dream jobs.
What is your light up, crazy, can-talk-about-it-for-hours passion? I’ve discussed this with friends, job seekers, and employers for years. Here are my three go-to questions to help you figure out your passions.
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Can your resume engage a human resource manager and make them want to read more? Or, does it just blend in with all other task-oriented resumes they receive?
This week’s guest expert Andrea Gerson has seen thousands of resumes and shares her best practices to help you get the attention of your intended employer. She says, “It can be challenging for people to quantify what they have done, and to brag about their contributions.”
Most people are encouraged to be humble and not to boast about their accomplishments, but a job seeker can miss out on a great career opportunity if they don’t properly quantify their competencies and qualify their contributions on their resume.
The U.S. presidential election wrapped up last week, but politics remains a charged and potentially divisive issue. This brings up an interesting question for job seekers: how much of your own political beliefs should you share online and with prospective employers? How much politics is too much politics?
In the past, hiring managers using a telephone to solicit feedback from job references yielded a low, 50% return rate. Today, online reference tools and surveys boast a reference return rate of 85-90%! For job seekers, this makes furnishing quality referrals to potential employers a necessity.
SEIU Local 503 is looking to hire Entry Level Organizer. The primary duty is to build union member power through mobilizing members around issues and campaigns, increasing union membership, engaging members in contract campaigns and political actions, responding to basic information requests, assisting with low-level contract enforcement, and other duties as assigned. These positions will receive significant training and will be an excellent introduction to the labor movement, for those considering a career in union organizing. The salary range for this position is $3,302-$3,800 per month.
An Interview with Pat Welch of Boly: Welch
Temporary work can be a good option for people returning to the workforce or between permanent jobs. A short-term assignment helps pay your bills, grows your professional network, and lets employers see what you can do.
Most cities have a large number of staffing companies that arrange temporary jobs. To learn more about working as a temp, I talked with Pat Welch, co-founder of Boly:Welch, a Portland-based agency that places people in accounting, finance, legal, office, human resources, technology and marketing jobs. Answers below have been edited for brevity and clarity.
This morning I am excited to announce the official launch of my new online course, Hack the Hidden Job Market.
This 12-lesson video course teaches you everything you need to know to find the best paying, most rewarding work opportunities in your field—jobs that you probably never even knew existed.
The Oregon Refuse & Recycling Association (ORRA) is seeking applicants for a full-time position serving as the Portland Metro-area solid waste and recycling industry representative. The salary range is $7,500-$9,500 per month, depending on experience, and includes a very generous benefits package.
On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, the Mac’s List team, Mac Prichard, Ben Forstag, and Jenna Forstrom talk about the single biggest mistake most job seekers make.
I’ll be honest… When I first started using Twitter, I didn’t entirely know what I was doing. I could tell this was a powerful networking tool, but I hadn’t yet learned how to harness its power.
I’ve since discovered how to use Twitter as an awesome tool for a job search. Let me show you how…
I’m excited to announce a new addition to the Mac’s List team! This week we welcomed Jessica Black as our new administrative assistant. Jessica was previously the Project Coordinator for Portland Forward and Operations Coordinator for Reading Results. She is active in the Portland community, volunteering with Wayfinding Academy, the World Domination Summit, and TEDxMtHood. Jessica is an avid runner and passionate about the local music scene.
To help you learn more about Jessica, I asked her to share her story. Here is what she told me:
I want to share an amazing statistic with you: 87% of all recruiters use LinkedIn on a daily basis to find and screen candidates.
What does this mean for you? It means you absolutely need a killer LinkedIn profile to maintain your credibility as a working professional.
The days of working for the same company for 30-years and retiring with a full pension are a thing of the past. Today, people have a powerful sense they need to consistently consider what their next career or job change will be. There are even employees who are worried about what hiring managers will think about a long stint at just one company.
Guest expert New York Times Columnist, Rob Walker, says hiring managers look more for applicable skills or a major red flag than time on job titles. He says it’s important to stay on top of what is available in the job market and to periodically conduct informational interviews so you know what your value is in the marketplace. Checking job boards can also help a job seeker to understand what additional skills they could acquire before they might need to find other employment.
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