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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, […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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. 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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Ep. 025: How to Make a Career Pivot

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  These days none of us need to be told that change is the one constant in the workplace. Our job responsibilities change regularly–and so do our careers. The old model of climbing the corporate ladder or sticking with one profession for life is giving way to more fluid, transient, and cross-sector careers. Just 27% […]

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Ep. 023: How to Switch from a Corporate to Nonprofit Career

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  More than 10 million Americans work for nonprofits today. Even the Great Recession couldn’t stop growth in this sector. According to the federal government, the number of nonprofit jobs increased by 18% between 2000 and 2010. That trend shows no sign of slowing down in the near future. And while the demand for skilled […]

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Ep. 020: Reinventing Your Career

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    Everybody knows that changing jobs regularly is the new normal. The days of working for just one or two employers through your adult life are long gone. But what about switching not just jobs, but careers? Most of us will be in the workplace for four decades or more, so it’s a choice […]

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Ep. 019: How to Make (and Keep) Professional Resolutions

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to do something different in your career? The list of changes you seek in the next 12 months could include a raise, a promotion, or a new job. Or maybe you want to improve your professional skills by stepping up your networking, increasing your industry knowledge, or adopting […]

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