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Why You Need to Stop Keeping Your Options Open

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Whenever I meet a job seeker, the first question I ask is always the same: “What kind of work are you looking for?” At least half the people give me one of the following responses—all of which are a bad omen for their job search… “I’m keeping my options open.” “I’m willing to do anything.” […]

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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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4 Fast Fixes to Get Your Resume Ready for 2017

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Mac’s List friend and nationally-recognized resume guru, Jenny Foss (AKA: JobJenny of JobJenny.com) shares four practical ways to polish up your resume and make sure the “you on paper” is as amazing as “you in real life”.  These fast fixes can help you get your resume ready for 2017! You know you’re feelin’ it. A […]

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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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Bonus Episode: Taking the Big Leap into Self-Employment, with Mac Prichard

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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. 063: Credibility Busters That Can Ruin Your Career, with Julie Broad

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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 […]

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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. 060: How to Manage the New World of Reference Checking, with Ray Bixler

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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.

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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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Bonus Episode: How to Hack the Hidden Job Market

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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.

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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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If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Must Be Retired

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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.

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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. 058: Is it Time to Look for Your Next Job? with Rob Walker

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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 […]

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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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Bonus Episode: “Why wouldn’t you hire me?”

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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 […]

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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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Mac Answers Your Job Search Questions

Posted on by Ben Forstag

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.

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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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Ep. 055: How to Nail Your Next Phone Interview, with Hannah Morgan

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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, […]

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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. 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 […]

Mac Prichard
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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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 […]

Jenna Forstrom
Jenna Forstrom is the former Community Manager of Mac’s List. She has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s beer and nonprofit communities.
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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 […]

Jenna Forstrom
Jenna Forstrom is the former Community Manager of Mac’s List. She has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s beer and nonprofit communities.
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Are You Ready to Dump Your Job and Work for Yourself?

Posted on by Mac Prichard

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 […]

Mac Prichard
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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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 […]

Jenna Forstrom
Jenna Forstrom is the former Community Manager of Mac’s List. She has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s beer and nonprofit communities.
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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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