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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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The One Question You Must Ask in an Informational Interview

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If you’re looking for a new job, informational interviews are one of the best, most productive things you can do. There is no better way to learn about a new company or industry, meet key influencers, make professional connections, and (possibly) discover un-posted job openings. Informational interviews are your opportunity to ask focused questions that […]

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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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Ep. 004: Creating Your Professional Brand

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Your brand is how you showcase yourself to others in a way that distinguishes you as a credible, trustworthy, and skilled professional. In other words, it is how you personify and embody the strengths, skills, and accomplishments you  list in your resume. Professional branding is particularly important for job seekers, who must quickly build trust […]

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Ep. 001: How To Find A Job Through Networking

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It’s a fact: employers hire candidates that they know and those who are recommended to them by people that they trust. That’s why networking is so important: it gets you face-time with fellow professionals and kickstarts relationships that get you known in the community. When you’re looking for a job, one of the best things […]

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Four Must-Do’s After a Job Interview

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The need to impress prospective employers doesn’t end with the interview. If you really want to make a positive impression and land the job, you need to be an expert at post-interview follow-up.

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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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Are You Ready for 2016 Tech Trends? Job Seeker Roundup

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Every other week, 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!

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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 Survive a Bad Professional Reference

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You aced the application and nailed the interview. They loved you! You’ve made it to the final round of applicants, or maybe the employer has already said they want to hire you. Now, the only thing standing between you and your dream job is a simple professional reference check… Uh oh!

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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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Is Your Brain Working Against You? Job Seeker Roundup

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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 […]

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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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