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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 […]

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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. Using my top five strengths of strategic, achiever, arranger, activator, and communication to bring out the achievements of others which compels people to give and repair our community. Investing more than 20 years with local and national nonprofit organizations and over 30 years with national and international Fortune 250 companies, I have developed a specific skill set to bring success to organizations and ensure their mission statement is achieved. 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.

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Cecilia Bianco
Community Manager at Mac's List
Cecilia is the Community Manager of Mac’s List. Cecilia manages the online communications for Mac’s List, as well as all customer service needs. She blogs weekly about the Oregon job market, unique work opportunities, career development, and how to find the perfect job. Please contact Cecilia at cecilia@macslist.org.
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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 a quality 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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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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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!

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams served as Mac’s List editor from 2012 to 2015, and is a contributor to “Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond)." She is dedicated to serving smart, savvy women in career and business. Check out her career coaching programs at http://www.jessicajconsulting.com/.
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Our Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2014

Posted on by Jessica Williams

As we approach the New Year, here’s a look at our top five most popular posts from 2014! 1. How to Find a Job at Nike, Adidas, Columbia, or Intel in Portland These are some of Portland’s largest employers, and jobs at corporations like

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams served as Mac’s List editor from 2012 to 2015, and is a contributor to “Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond)." She is dedicated to serving smart, savvy women in career and business. Check out her career coaching programs at http://www.jessicajconsulting.com/.
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Top 13 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting the Jobs You Apply For

Posted on by Jessica Williams

  You can blame me, the full moon, or the economy as reasons for not getting the job, 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.

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams served as Mac’s List editor from 2012 to 2015, and is a contributor to “Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond)." She is dedicated to serving smart, savvy women in career and business. Check out her career coaching programs at http://www.jessicajconsulting.com/.
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How to Write an Authentic Cover Letter

Posted on by Jessica Williams

    This week I came across the cover letter that I sent Mac Prichard in 2012 when I applied for my job at Prichard Communications as manager of “Mac’s List.” Here it is verbatim:

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams served as Mac’s List editor from 2012 to 2015, and is a contributor to “Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond)." She is dedicated to serving smart, savvy women in career and business. Check out her career coaching programs at http://www.jessicajconsulting.com/.
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14 Ways to Find a Job You Love in Oregon

Posted on by Jessica Williams

Valentine’s Day is here again and whether you’re looking for a job or just the next best opportunity, here are 14 ways to find a job you love: 1. Know Yourself Finding a job you love starts with knowing yourself. Assess your strengths, know your allies, and examine the activities that give you the greatest […]

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams served as Mac’s List editor from 2012 to 2015, and is a contributor to “Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond)." She is dedicated to serving smart, savvy women in career and business. Check out her career coaching programs at http://www.jessicajconsulting.com/.
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Entry-Level Job Seekers: Brand Yourself to Stand Out

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

With limited experience and a strong desire to be hired, it is important for entry-level job seekers to find ways to stand out. After browsing through the many applications Prichard Communications received for a recent job opening, I found a common eye-catching thread that set certain applicants apart from the rest: a clear personal brand. […]

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Cecilia Bianco
Community Manager at Mac's List
Cecilia is the Community Manager of Mac’s List. Cecilia manages the online communications for Mac’s List, as well as all customer service needs. She blogs weekly about the Oregon job market, unique work opportunities, career development, and how to find the perfect job. Please contact Cecilia at cecilia@macslist.org.
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