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Award-Winning Women’s Leadership Program, NEW Leadership Oregon, is Open for Applications

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

If you are a college-enrolled woman interested in developing your leadership skills, look no further! National Education for Women’s Leadership Oregon (NLO) wants you to join its ranks in 2014.  NLO is an award-winning women’s leadership development program based at PSU in the Center for Women, Politics and Policy. NLO’s mission is to educate and encourage outstanding college women to develop a path towards leadership. Modeled after the esteemed leadership program at Rutgers University, NLO … Read more »

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Naughty or Nice? Etiquette To Impress At Your Next Job Interview

Posted on by Ashley Heinonen

Looking for a new job and concerned you might make a misstep along the way? Don’t fret, we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to get off a potential employer’s naughty list and onto the nice one when scouting for your next job. Personalize To Show Your Strengths When sending a cover letter, personalize it. You’re doing yourself a disservice when you recycle the same cover letter for every job. The cover letter is your … Read more »

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do. How Job Hunting is Like Dating

Posted on by Jessica Williams

Interviewing is like dating (without the dinner and wine). You and your potential employer are courting one another to see if there is a connection AND you’re both trying to uncover any red flags up front, before you commit. So what happens when, despite your best efforts, it doesn’t work out? Whether you’ve had four interviews at the same company and you got rejected or you’ve spent two years at a job that isn’t right … Read more »

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How to Answer a Behavioral Interview Question: Tips from an Oregon Employer

Posted on by Jessica Williams

What are Oregon employers looking for in a job candidate? This is a question I hear from many of our readers. This week at the University of Oregon’s Get Connected event I met Derek Johnson, recruiting specialist for the Banfield Pet Hospital. Derek told me that he likes when candidates know how to answer behavioral interview questions – these questions are aimed at understanding past behavior to predict how a candidate will act in the … Read more »

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What Does an Introvert’s Informational Interview Look Like?

Posted on by Jessica Williams

This was a question I asked my introverted friend, to which he replied, “a whole lot of awkward.” To most introverts, that answer might ring true but I’m convinced that even an introvert can have a successful informational interview. (By the way, you know you’re an introvert if your nerves have you tempted to carry on the whole conversation via email instead of in-person.) Fear not! Here are five ways an introvert can take comfort … Read more »

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Preparing for a Job Interview

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

Interviews can cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety and anticipation. But they don’t have to. Follow these do’s and don’ts to relieve some pre-interview stress and ace your next job interview! 1. Don’t Wing It As a recent college graduate, I know several students who think the best way to prepare for an interview is by not preparing at all. They try to ace it off confidence alone.  This often causes them to ramble through … Read more »

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How to be a Superstar Job Candidate

Posted on by Jessica Williams

To find a job in Portland, you have to do things differently. In my experience, there are a lot of small businesses that want, no need, superstars on their team. Superstars are especially important to small businesses because it cost a lot of time and resources to hire (and fire) an employee. Getting it right the first time is a big, big deal for employers.  So can you be a superstar job candidate? In my … Read more »

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Q & A Column: How to Break into Communications in Oregon and Stand Out in a Job Interview for the City of Portland

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Last Thursday, we had our first “Mac’s List” event at the Lucky Lab on Portland’s Hawthorne Boulevard. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this sold-out evening. It was exciting to meet so many of our employers and readers! Look soon for news about our next networking night, probably in December.  In the meantime, here are two questions readers asked me at Thursday’s event. Questions have been edited for clarity and brevity.   How Can … Read more »

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3 Lessons Learned From an Informational Interview

Posted on by Brooke Baum

Last week I took on my first informational interview at Waggener Edstrom (thank you to Liz Wu). In all the articles I have read on the subject, each has said not be nervous, it is not a real interview and that you are in control. However, I don’t know if I am the only one, but I still felt so nervous!  I was afraid that my questions were going to sound dumb or irrelevant. I … Read more »

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Stop Buying People Coffee, Start Informational Interviewing

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Would you ask your boss, a leader in your field, or a coworker to a business meeting without an agenda, a time limit, and an outcome in mind? Of course you wouldn’t. You think about your goals for the conversation. You also identify the results you want. And you consider the other person’s needs and how to meet them. How Not to Ask for An Informational Interview  I make this point because I’m surprised by … Read more »

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