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Beating the Odds: Three Steps to Developing an Awesome Answer for the Dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

Posted on by Scott Barlow

You know it’s coming, but it still freezes you in your tracks like a deer in the headlights. Maybe it’s right after you sit down in the visitor’s chair, across the desk from the interviewer. Or maybe it’s ten or fifteen minutes into your conversation, just when you start to think you might escape this […]

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Shine In Your Next Interview By Clearly Communicating Your D.A.T.A.

Posted on by Marsha Warner

Here’s an easy way to organize the essential points you want to get across in any job interview. Tell them your D.A.T.A.; your Desire, Abilities, Traits and Accomplishments, and you’ll have delivered the critical elements of what makes you a great candidate. Have you ever finished an interview and realized you forgot to mention a […]

Marsha Warner
Career Coach & Counselor at Career Factors
Marsha Warner, MS, SPHR is a nationally recognized career coach and recruiter. “It has been my privilege to work with hundreds of people like you as their career coach. As an HR leader and recruiter in corporations, I know what companies look for and how to communicate that career brand to an employer. I’ve developed a Career Map and Career Renewal process to chart a meaningful work life that brings rewards, meaning and delight to life.”
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Bonus: Why Don’t Employers Include a Job Salary in a Job Post?

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On July 14, 2016, Ben Forstag published a blog post on Mac’s List, “Why Employers Don’t Include Salaries in their Job Posts (and What You Can Do About It).” This sparked a lengthy and lively discussion in the comments section. We decided to continue the conversation on this week’s Find Your Dream Job podcast.  Mac, […]

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BONUS: How To Follow Up After An Interview, with Jenny Foss

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On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Jenny Foss, owner of JobJenny.com shares her tips for how to touch base with potential employers (without being a pest) after you’ve had your initial interview.   She reads “The Best Ways to Follow Up After The Interview”, her contribution to our book, Land Your Dream Job in Portland […]

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Ep. 048: Ace a Job Interview with Body Language, with Vanessa Van Edwards

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Did you know that your body language is responsible for 60% of your communications and that first impressions are nonverbal? Vanessa Van Edwards, from Science of People, shares some best practices for acing a job interview based on her team’s scientific research.     Body language research shows us that the first thing an interviewer […]

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Bonus Episode: An Unusual Interview Tactic

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  On February 4, 2016, the New York Times published an article, “Walt Bettinger of Charles Schwab: You’ve Got to Open Up to Move Up,” in which the CEO revealed a very interesting interview tactic. Before hiring an executive-level candidate, Bettinger takes them out to breakfast. The trick? He pre-arranges for the restaurant to mess […]

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Ep. 044: How to Cope with a Job Loss, with Marsha Warner

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A job loss due to layoffs or conflicting interests can be a shock to our system. A person may feel thrilled to be apart from their previous employer at first but a flood of emotions generally follows shortly after. This week’s guest, career coach Marsha Warner, shares tips and techniques to transform your first days of […]

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How to Write an Irresistible Resume: A Recruiter Shares All

Posted on by Mac Prichard

You know you need to spend a lot of time on your resume, but sometimes you can get stumped with questions like: Should I use a creative design or should I keep it neat and simple? Does it matter that I haven’t had a job in over a year? And most importantly: How can I […]

Mac Prichard
Mac Prichard publishes Mac's List and owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. He also blogs regularly about job-hunting in Portland.
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Ep. 042: How to Be Productive in Your Job Search, with Mike Vardy

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Job hunting take a lot of time, energy, and attention to detail. It’s a job in-and-of-itself!  You might start your day reading several job boards. Then you complete and send a job application.  Next you email requests for informational meetings. And that’s followed by writing thank you notes.  After all that? Perhaps you have a […]

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Ep. 041: What to Do After a Job Interview, with Deena Pierott

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  We talked in an earlier show about what you can do to prepare for a job interview. But what happens next after you’ve impressed your interviewers?  The steps you take next can make the difference between getting a job offer or a terse rejection letter.  This week we’re talking about what to do after a job […]

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12 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job Interview

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Sitting in my inbox right now: An email asking for help. In it, a job seeker indicates that she has sent out 1,884 resumes in the past four months (that’s 471 a month, roughly 15 a day). In these four months, she has landed a grand total […]

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: Let’s Have Coffee… Online, with Joshua Waldman

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  Networking and coffee often go hand-in-hand; inviting a professional contact out for coffee is one of the easiest ways to score an informational interview or stay in touch with your network. Chances are, before anyone accepts your coffee invite they are going to check out you out on social media. So it is vital […]

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How to Overcome Anxiety and Ace Your First Big Interview

Posted on by Ben Forstag

You’ve found the perfect job opening and sent in an application. The hiring manager was intrigued by your skill set and invited you in for a meeting. Now you just need to close the deal by crushing it in the interview. Don’t worry. You got this!

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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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Should You Disclose your Disability in a Job Interview?

Posted on by Kali Giaritta

Nearly 20% of Americans have a disability—a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Many of these disabilities are “hidden conditions,” such as ADD/ADHD, diabetes, chronic illness, PTSD, learning disabilities, and depression. Traditionally, job seekers with disabilities have been advised to never disclose their condition. The thinking behind this […]

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Employment Program Coordinator at Incight
Kali is a disability advocate, yoga teacher, writer, and musician living in Portland, OR. Her work with Incight helps to open doors for Oregon job seekers with disabilities.
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Ep. 029: Interview Secrets Every New Graduate Needs to Know

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  College graduation season is just around the corner and departing seniors will find themselves in a strong job market. According to the Wall Street Journal, the class of 2016 may experience the best job market ever for Millennials. A survey cited by the Journal says that this year employers plan to increase hiring of new college graduates by […]

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BONUS Episode: Getting Ahead by Being Unprofessional

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Image is an important part of a job search–and career management, in general. You always want to present yourself as a competent, talented and, enthusiastic professional. But it’s also important that your brand reflects who you are. Ultimately, authenticity matters more than professionalism. Your brand, no matter how polished and practiced, is worthless if it doesn’t reflect your genuine personality.

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How to Overcome Ageism in Your Job Search

Posted on by Marsha Warner

In my coaching practice, I am frequently asked about ageism in today’s job market. My first response is that we are all what we are; we can’t change the age we are or the experiences we bring to the table. A confident job seeker embraces who they are and makes the best possible presentation of […]

Marsha Warner
Career Coach & Counselor at Career Factors
Marsha Warner, MS, SPHR is a nationally recognized career coach and recruiter. “It has been my privilege to work with hundreds of people like you as their career coach. As an HR leader and recruiter in corporations, I know what companies look for and how to communicate that career brand to an employer. I’ve developed a Career Map and Career Renewal process to chart a meaningful work life that brings rewards, meaning and delight to life.”
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PODCAST BONUS: How to Get an Oregon Government Job

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Government jobs are always tough to land. Mastering the oft-byzantine application process takes practice and insider know-how. In this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Mac Prichard shares his experience applying for government jobs. Mac has worked in multiple departments for the State of Oregon, as well as for several local and state-level elected […]

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Ep. 016: How to Ace a Job Interview

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“Wing it” and “job interview” are two phrases that should never go together in the same sentence. Before you walk into an interview, you need to prepare yourself, do your homework, and practice what you will do and say. But how do you prepare responses when you don’t know the questions? And what, besides having […]

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Ep. 011: The Rules of Working with a Human Resources Department

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You may want a gig with a cool corporation like Nike, Google, or Apple. Perhaps you’ve targeted a big government agency or a nonprofit. Or maybe your goal is to land a job with small employer. Wherever you’re going, one day you will send your resume to a human resources (HR) department. For many job […]

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