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Your Generic Cover Letter, as Experienced by a Hiring Manager

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. To Whom It May Concern: I am applying for your open job with this generic, form-looking cover letter. It is in 12-point Times Roman, with perfect one-inch margins around all sides. I should probably warn you in advance that this letter will paralyze you with […]

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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Bonus Episode: How to Ignite Your Professional Bio with a Killer First Sentence, with Mike Russell

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Mike Russell, owner of Pivotal Writing, shares how to hook your readers attention with that first sentence of your professional bio.  We all know Portland loves quirky, colorful personalities, from “Keep Portland Weird” to “Keep Portland Beered” to “Keep Portland Bearded”.  Hiring managers are no different.  Whether it’s your bio statement on your website or […]

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Ep. 038: How to Write a Killer Cover Letter, with Susan Rich

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  Google the words “cover letter” and you will find lots of opinions on the best tactics: which format to use, the right salutations, and to whom you should address your letter. Our guest expert this week, Susan Rich, author of How to Write a Kick-Butt Resume Cover Letter, says people are missing the most […]

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How to Ace Your Job Application

Posted on by Ben Forstag

To get the job you want, you need to craft a stand-out application. This can take significant time and effort.  Following the guidelines below will undoubtedly slow the pace at which you can apply for open positions, but what you lose in quantity, will be more than made up for with quality. Here are the […]

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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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Presenting Your Personal Brand in 30 Seconds

Posted on by Brad Lebowsky

Most employers are looking to hire based on more than just their background—they want a good culture fit. So it is essential to put your personal brand on display to engage them. A personal mission statement on your resume can serve as an effective way to communicate your personal brand to a potential employer at […]

Brad Lebowsky
My personal mission statement is to develop the strengths of others and create strategic plans in order to improve a social condition involving underserved communities, higher education, and health. As a hiring manager for over 25 years, I have hired more than 4,000 people and have uncovered specific strategies that have helped people secure meaningful employment both in wage and engagement.
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Avoid These Common Cover Letter Catastrophes | Job Seeker Roundup

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

Every other Friday, in addition to the latest Oregon employment news, we share the best and most important articles to help you in your job search. We hope these stories inspire you, improve your job search, and help you understand what employers are looking for in job candidates. Enjoy! Avoid these common cover letter catastrophes.

Cecilia Bianco
Former Community Manager at Mac's List
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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What it Takes to Write a Great Cover Letter

Posted on by Ben Forstag

One of the biggest mistakes a job hunter can make is to undervalue the importance of writing a great cover letter. Cover letters aren’t meaningless etiquette–mere gift wrapping on your resume or the cover on a TPS report; rather, they are a crucial tool for showcasing your skills, competency, writing ability, and dedication to the prospective job. […]

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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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Is Your Brain Working Against You? Job Seeker Roundup

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

Every other Friday, in addition to the latest Oregon employment news, we share the best and most important articles to help job seekers like you in your job search. We hope these stories inspire you, improve your job search, and help you understand what employers are looking for in job candidates. Enjoy! Are you ready for curveball […]

Cecilia Bianco
Former Community Manager at Mac's List
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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How to Go From Super to SUPERSTAR in Your Portland Job Search

Posted on by Jessica Williams

Network, network and network some more! The end. Just kidding!

Jessica Williams
Jessica is a former account director for Mac's List and Prichard. In her spare time, Jessica can be caught hiking with her dog Zoey, traveling to foreign lands or practicing yoga.
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13 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Job Interviews

Posted on by Jessica Williams

You can blame me, the full moon, or the economy as reasons for not getting job interviews, but the truth is that you probably made one of the following errors. Yes, some things are out of your control, but these are things YOU CAN control in your job hunt. Make sure you don’t make these […]

Jessica Williams
Jessica is a former account director for Mac's List and Prichard. In her spare time, Jessica can be caught hiking with her dog Zoey, traveling to foreign lands or practicing yoga.
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