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Don’t Make These Common Job Search Mistakes

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Yesterday, I hosted a free webinar, Don’t Make These Common Job Search Mistakes, where I discussed the four blunders you should avoid when looking for work. I also outlined a better job search strategy—one that relies less on luck and puts you in the driver seat. If you missed the live presentation—or just want to watch […]

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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.
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Sit Up, Suit Up, Speak Up, and Smile: Conquering the Phone Interview

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Congratulations! Your resume has been plucked from that towering pile of applications reaches up to the ceiling in some nondescript Human Resources office. Now that employer wants to schedule a phone interview to discuss your qualifications. Now it’s time to prepare!

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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.
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Three Ways to Practice for a Job Interview

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For many people, the prospect of interviewing for a new job has the potential to bring on a small panic attack. This can be true whether you are a recent college graduate or a mid-career professional with many interviews under your belt. Fortunately, there is a proven way to decrease this anxiety, improve your interview […]

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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.
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The PART Strategy: How To Answer Behavioral Interview Questions

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Behavioral interview questions are among the most common prompts you can expect when you’re applying for a job. If you’ve ever sat through an interview, you probably know what a behavioral question is, even if you’re not familiar with the term. It’s any question that begins with: Can you tell me about a time when… Give […]

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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.
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Plan Ahead For These Common Interview Questions

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Planning out answers for a job interview might seem like an impossible task, or worse, a calculated way to crush your ability to be witty and spontaneous.  But there are some common interview questions that are almost guaranteed to come up, and it’s best to have your basic answers mapped out in advance. A good response […]

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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.
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Ep. 069: How to Craft a Killer Elevator Pitch, with Jeff Kleid

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When you are looking for your dream job everyone always says, “You need to go to a networking event!”

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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.
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Ep. 067: Why Your Resume is Being Ignored, with Pete Mockaitis

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Have you sent out 50 resumes, only to get 50 emails from automated system replies? If so, your resume might not have what it takes to get hiring managers’ attention. Pete Mockaitis says the main reason resumes are ignored is because job seekers don’t put in the proper time, effort, or consideration into these vital documents. Often, […]

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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.
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How to Ace Every Type of Interview

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When you think of a job interview, you probably imagine sitting across the table from a hiring manager, answering a series of all-too-familiar questions. While this is certainly the norm, employers increasingly use different types of job interviews to screen candidates in unique ways. Each of these interview types requires  job seekers to use a different strategy […]

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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. 066: Fatal Flaws in Job Interviews, with Dan Miller

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Did you just spill your coffee all down the front of your shirt? Or, did you forget to turn the ringer off your phone before the interview started? Today’s guest expert, Dan Miller says the good thing about interview fails is that they are easily remedied. The number one thing Dan sees in interviewees, which […]

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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.
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The Questions You Should Be Asking At Your Next Interview

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Almost every interview you will ever have will end the same way. After grilling you with their prepared questions, the interviewer will look up and ask: “Do you have any questions for me?” It’s a huge mistake to not take advantage of this opportunity. This is your chance to learn more about the organization, the […]

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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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11 Things You Should Do To Prepare for an Interview

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For many job seekers, the interview is the most stressful part of the process. As your first (and perhaps only) face-to-face meeting with the potential employer, there’s a lot of pressure to showcase your skills, your relevancy, and your cultural fit during one 60-minute conversation. The secret to doing well in an interview–and minimizing your […]

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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. 064: 8 Questions You Must Ask In An Interview, with J.T. O’Donnell

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Most people leave a job interview and are no closer to knowing if they will be offered the position than when they sent in their resume. Even if they feel the interview went well they realize they forgot to ask about the company or the next steps in the job process. Waiting for the company […]

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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.
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Ep. 063: Credibility Busters That Can Ruin Your Career, with Julie Broad

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Are you a person who is thinking about the question you are going to ask more than you are thinking about the person who will be answering the question? Have you considered how your question or problem sounds to the other person? Guest expert Julie Broad says “People often think about themselves when they are […]

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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.
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Bonus Episode: Engagement Rings and Interviews

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With engagement season fast approaching, the Mac’s List team (Publisher, Mac Prichard; Managing Director, Ben Forstag; and Community Manager, Jenna Forstrom) sat down to talk about Bruce Hurwitz’s LinkedIn post, “When interviewing for a job, lose the ring!”  

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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.
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Ep. 062: How to Find Jobs and Recruiters on Twitter, with Chris Russell

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Did you know there are jobs shared on Twitter every day? If you know how to look for the jobs you want, Twitter provides you with an opportunity to connect with the person behind the posting. Twitter should be looked at as a real-time job search engine and communication channel, says guest expert Chris Russell.

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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.
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Ep. 057: Find Your Inner Voice in a Job Interview, with Caroline Dowd-Higgins

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Did you just land an interview? Congratulations! Now, it’s time to prepare. The interview stage is the time to show an organization how you will fit into the culture and how you can solve a company’s problems. It is the first time the organization will see you, hear your voice and get an impression, so […]

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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.
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Bonus Episode: “Why wouldn’t you hire me?”

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On an earlier podcast, guest expert, Hannah Morgan, spoke about how to nail your next phone interview.  While wrapping up the interview, she suggested informing the hiring manager you are still interested in the role and asking the question, “Would you think of any reason why I wouldn’t be moved forward in this process?”  We […]

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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.
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Five Insider Tips for Acing Your Next Job Interview

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For many job seekers, the interview is the most stressful part of the process. This was definitely the case during in my own job searches.

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

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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.

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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 […]

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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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