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Will Working for a For-Profit Company Negatively Affect Your Chance at Getting a Nonprofit Job?

Posted on by Jessica Williams

At last month’s “Mac’s List” networking event, I noticed that you, our readers, struggle with this question – Will working for a for-profit company negatively affect your chance at getting a nonprofit job?

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3 Reasons You Should Apply to the Oregon Executive MBA Program

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

At “Mac’s List,” our readers often tell us that going back to school as an established professional is a hard decision to make. Of course, before you hop on the train to higher education, you want to be sure it’s the right path to take.  Programs like the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA (OEMBA) program are a great choice for professionals looking to hone their skills, take leadership roles within their organizations, and even consider … Read more »

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Why You Might Not Find Your Dream Job Today

Posted on by Jessica Williams

“Mac’s List” had sixty-two new jobs in last week’s newsletter, so I couldn’t help but think that the job market is improving! With so many new jobs, you might be asking yourself, “Why can’t I find the job I want, love, or need?” To that I say, “Maybe it just isn’t your season for jobs?” (Hat tip to Stephanie Zito for this perspective.) There is a season for everything, even in our careers. Sometimes, it’s … Read more »

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How Travel Sabbaticals Can Benefit Your Job Search

Posted on by Robin Scholetzky

Can a travel experience add to your marketability when you return to the job market? I can tell you from personal experience, the answer is yes! My husband and I were in a time of transition in our careers, so we decided to put them on hold to travel around the world. We knew that when we returned to Portland, we’d be faced with looking for work, so it was important to maintain professional considerations … Read more »

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What I Learned From the Worst Job I Ever Had

Posted on by Jessica Williams

According to a survey done by Monster.Com and market research company GFK in 2013, 46% of Americans either dislike or hate their job. It’s a sad state of affairs when the odds are good that many of you are not happy at your job. While I hope that you soon find something better suited to your happiness, I want you to consider that you will learn something from even the most challenging situation. Consider this … Read more »

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Things I Wish I’d Kept Track of During My Career

Posted on by Tiana Tozer

My first real job was a technical representative for an environmental shoe company, DEJA SHOE, headquartered right here in Portland, Oregon. I was stationed in San Francisco and my job was to develop and provide training to retail employees. My starting salary in 1993 was $24,000. When the company went under two years later, I was making $26,000. How do I remember that? I don’t. I have it written down, but I didn’t always. And … Read more »

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One Simple Tip to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

Posted on by Satya Byock

The new year is upon us, and with a new year comes an enduring sense of rebirth and new possibility. Out with the old, in with the new. If you’re like millions of Americans, you will be participating in a ritual of change along with this rebirth of the solar calendar: New Year’s Resolutions. All resolutions are about changes you hope to see in your life – to be kinder, to lose weight, to work … Read more »

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5 Things You Should Know About Yourself to Find a Job You Love

Posted on by Jessica Williams

The other day a friend asked me how I figured out what I wanted to do in my career. I thought to myself, “It’s amazing what rock-bottom will do to you! I had no choice but to sink or swim.”  You don’t always have to hit rock bottom to figure out your career path, but there are some things you need to learn about yourself if you want to find a job you love.  The … Read more »

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What the 2013 CMA Awards Taught Me about the Job Search

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

The 47th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards aired on Nov. 6, and gave me some interesting food for thought about my upcoming job search. After watching three hours of country performances, award winners and losers, here are two insights I gathered to keep us jobseekers motivated and on track!  1. You’re never too old, or too young, to land your dream job.

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7 Scary Job Search Fears and How to Overcome Them This Halloween

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Adults and children in costume will be everywhere tonight in Portland collecting candy and other treats door-to-door. It’s the culmination of weeks of Halloween holiday events in Oregon, including zombie walks, ghost towns, and corn mazes.  It’s also a good time to confront fears about job hunting and our careers. Here are seven things I’ve seen cause hair-raising anxiety among job seekers and what to do. 

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