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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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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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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 sense of satisfaction to find a job that really suits your highest self. 2. Network

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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 its job opening, I found a common eye-catching thread that set certain applicants apart from the rest: a clear personal brand. There are several ways to create your own personal brand, but the most important

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Featured Listing of the Week: Self Enhancement, Inc. and Warner Pacific College to Host Worklandia Job Fair

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

Coming up next week on Nov. 8 is the Worklandia Job Fair! Warner Pacific College is partnering with Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) to host this free, local career fair for the Portland community. The fair will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and network with some of Portland’s top business, public, and non-profit organizations.

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Embrace the Cover Letter

Posted on by Aubrie De Clerck

Oh, the cover letter. Often cursed, often agonized over. Many people sigh, “What’s the point? No one reads them anyway.” I am here to not only defend this job search staple, but to invite you to embrace it as well. Here’s why: 1. People in charge of hiring do read cover letters. I hear from countless recruiters and managers that a well written, thoughtful cover letter is at the very least a refreshing change. Many times, it is … Read more »

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How to Write a Professional Cover Letter

Posted on by Jessica Williams

As many of you know, we are hiring a junior account executive here at Prichard Communications (publisher of “Mac’s List”). My colleague Jennie Day-Burget and I are the hiring managers for this position so I am watching each application that comes in. The first thing I’ve noticed is that the cover letters range from great to exceptionally bad. This is your FIRST impression to a potential employer. It is crucial that you get it right … Read more »

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Avoid These 6 Job Application Mistakes

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Sometimes landing a new job is a matter of luck. You don’t know who might tell you about an unadvertised opening or how you will hit it off with a potential employer in an interview.   What you can control is how you apply for a job. My colleagues and I at Prichard Communications have hired dozens of people over the years for my public relations business and for other employers. Here are six common … Read more »

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4 Ways to Cure the Portland Job Search Blues

Posted on by Jessica Williams

Readers always tell me that “Mac’s List” gives them hope about finding work in Portland. But with so many people competing, I know it isn’t easy to land a job here. This week I’ve had at least 10 conversations with people looking for work in Portland and I hear you – you’re frustrated and exhausted. I know. I’ve been there. And I feel for you. Blame it on the economy, the influx of talented people, … Read more »

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How Tapping Your Passion Can Get You the Job

Posted on by Jessica Williams

With employers hiring for personality fit as much as for your skill set job seekers today need to show they not only can get the work done, but also fit the culture of an organization. What’s the best way to do this? Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook may have the answer. At a Portland luncheon this week sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the International Association of Business Communicator (IABC) and Social Media Club PDX, Ekaterina … Read more »

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