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Ep. 054: Treat Your Career as if You’re an Entrepreneur, with Michelle Ward

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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 […]

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What Comes First: The Move or the Job?

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

It’s no secret that people move around the country (and, increasingly, around the world) to find better work and advance their careers. In fact, the US Census bureau estimates that nearly seven million people relocate each year in search of employment. Almost half of those people move more than 500 miles to find a new […]

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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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How to Find Jobs at Nike, Adidas, Columbia, or Intel

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

Have you ever wondered why we don’t have more jobs on Mac’s List for corporations like Nike, Adidas, Columbia or Intel? These are some of largest employers in the Pacific Northwest, and jobs at these corporations are highly sought after from applicants around the world. Recruiters for these companies typically don’t post job openings on […]

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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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Are You Ready to Dump Your Job and Work for Yourself?

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Finding full-time work and achieving an ideal work-life balance can be challenging.  For many people, self-employment is the best solution to this challenge. I saw this at firsthand when I attended a party organized by Chris Guillebeau, who writes about unconventional work, entrepreneurship, and foreign travel on his blog, The Art of Nonconformity. Chris has […]

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Mac Prichard publishes Mac's List and owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. He also blogs regularly about job-hunting in Portland.
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Ep. 047: How to Make Your Job Virtual, with Melissa Mathews

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It pays off to prepare yourself before asking an employer to make your job virtual. Most employers will want to know what’s in it for them before allowing an employee to work from home full-time. A professional way to address your employer’s possible questions and concerns is to make a list of the objections you […]

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Learn How to Hack the Hidden Job Market

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Find the Best Paying, Most Rewarding Jobs You Didn’t Even Know Existed Are you frustrated by job hunting? Have you sent out dozens of applications without any response? Do you wonder why you can’t find the right job? During the 15 years I’ve published Mac’s List, I’ve met with thousands of job seekers who have […]

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Mac Prichard publishes Mac's List and owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. He also blogs regularly about job-hunting in Portland.
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Three Things Successful Job Hunters Do Differently

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Job hunting is HARD work.  If you’re unemployed – it’s a full-time job.  If you’re employed, but looking for your next career move, it’s a part-time job.  Regardless of which bucket you fall into, there are many challenges ahead. 80% of jobs are never posted online and there will always be someone more experienced or […]

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Mac Prichard publishes Mac's List and owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. He also blogs regularly about job-hunting in Portland.
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Ep. 044: How to Cope with a Job Loss, with Marsha Warner

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A job loss due to layoffs or conflicting interests can be a shock to our system. A person may feel thrilled to be apart from their previous employer at first but a flood of emotions generally follows shortly after. This week’s guest, career coach Marsha Warner, shares tips and techniques to transform your first days of […]

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Six HR Hiring Secrets You Need to Know

Posted on by Ben Forstag

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 […]

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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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How to Overcome the Employment-Experience Paradox

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Have you ever seen a job description like this? ENTRY LEVEL JOB OPENING: Hiring recent college grads REQUIREMENTS: 5 years of experience, 6 Olympic gold medals, and superpowers. — Jordan (@jordan_stratton) July 6, 2015 Call it the employment-experience paradox: you need prior experience for job, but you need the job to get the relevant experience. […]

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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. 036: Why You Should Quit Your Job Now, with Tess Vigeland

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Ever think about quitting your job? A vast majority of people do. One survey cited by CBS News found that 84% of Americans want to switch employers. Yet most of us show up for work every Monday even when we want to be somewhere else. There are many reasons we don’t quit our job–even jobs […]

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4 Resume Updates You Need to Make When Shifting Your Career

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. For anyone making a career pivot, it’s essential to shift your professional brand so that your new target audience will understand how and why you make sense for the types of roles you’re now pursuing. Too often, people assume that a savvy resume reviewer — […]

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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Why Career Summaries Trump Objective Statements (and How to Create One)

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Do you have a goal to change jobs in 2016? Are you working on your resume, or getting ready to? If so, let’s talk about the oft-debated question: Do I need an objective — or a career summary — on my resume? (Or neither?) I’m going […]

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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Three Overlooked Career Resources for New College Grads

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Congratulations college graduate… you did it! After years of hard work (and probably a couple of all-nighters) you finally got your degree!   Now it’s time to put that education to good use by finding a great job. (Gulp!) Landing your first job out of college can feel pretty daunting. Fortunately there are several amazing […]

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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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The Resume Grand Slam: Focusing on Accomplishments

Posted on by Ben Forstag

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, […]

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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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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 […]

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Why You Absolutely Must Customize Your Resume for Each Job

Posted on by Ben Forstag

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 […]

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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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Will Volunteering Help You Get a Job?

Posted on by Ben Forstag

I frequently hear from job seekers who ask about the role of volunteer experience in their job hunt. Specifically, they want to know whether a volunteering is a good way to get a job offer. This question is particularly salient for people looking for work in the nonprofit sector. Here’s the short answer: volunteering can […]

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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. 028: How to Look for Work After Age 50

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It is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on age, but many job seekers over the age of 50 will tell you it happens every day. Older workers stay out of work longer and may earn less than in previous jobs when they do return to the workforce. According to AARP the average period of unemployment for […]

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It’s Time To Stop Hiding and Find Your Professional Purpose

Posted on by Megan Leatherman

In his book The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin writes, “If you’ve announced that you have no talent (in anything!), then you’re hiding.” We all have innate and learned talents; when we deny these abilities we hide from ourselves—and from fulfilling work opportunities. When it comes to a career search, you simply can’t move forward when […]

Megan Leatherman
Megan Leatherman is a Portland-based Human Resources Consultant and Career Coach, and the founder of Integrated Consulting. Megan has worked extensively with companies across high growth sectors, including alternative energy and international human rights. Her area of specialization is in working with individuals to clarify and nurture their unique gifts and professional talents.
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