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Introducing Mac’s March Madness

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

March is finally here, and there’s no better time to get to know Mac Prichard, the founder of “Mac’s List” and Prichard Communications. “Mac’s March Madness” will begin this week and provide our “Mac’s List” readers with insight into how this agency and newsletter started and the leader that has kept us moving forward. Below is a short interview with Mac to kick off the madness! What made you start Prichard Communications? I launched the … Read more »

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3 Reasons You Should Volunteer During the Job Search

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

If you are struggling to find a job or are working part-time, offering up your skills as a volunteer can have a beneficial impact on your job search. While volunteer work doesn’t have the most glamorous ring to it—and to be a volunteer means working for free—here are three reasons why it is valuable to become a volunteer in your chosen industry!

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Q & A Column: Oregon State Job Tests and Making Your LinkedIn Page Better

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Every week I receive questions from “Mac’s List” readers about how to find work in Oregon. In order to help as many people as possible, I share excerpts from those emails here on the blog. Questions have been edited for clarity and brevity.  How Do I Prepare for a Writing Test for an Oregon State Government Job? Q. Thanks for your May 23 article on “How to Get an Oregon Government Job: 4 Lessons Learned.” … Read more »

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Want a Job? You Must Do These 4 Things

Posted on by Tiana Tozer

With the close of graduation season and a new influx of grads preparing to enter the market, CNBC reports that the “Job Picture Looks Bleak for 2013 College Graduates.” But don’t despair there are four simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting hired.  1. Answer your phone. Have a cell phone that you actually answer and return phone calls in a timely manner. Jobs are going quickly. If you don’t answer … Read more »

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Rejection Hurts: How to Pick Yourself Up When an Employer Says No

Posted on by Jessica Williams

  Jia Jiang, author of the blog 100 Days of Rejection Therapy, is an expert in rejection. In November of last year, he set out to make 100 crazy requests in order to desensitize himself from the pain of rejection and overcome his fear. His experience with the word “No” is inspiring for anyone hunting for work, especially all of us who have ever been told “No” after applying for a job. At first, many … Read more »

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Oregon’s 36 Hottest Jobs and Fourth of July Celebrations!

Posted on by Brooke Baum

This week join the Fourth of July celebration, a time to commemorate America’s independence! Embrace the holiday by wearing red, white, and blue or dress as your best rendition of America.   Head out to the East Portland Community Center for an Independence Day Parade on July 3. All ages are welcome to dress-up and march along with the band. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. with pre-event festivities including, face painting, crafts and a … Read more »

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The Top 10 Most Read “Mac’s List” Blog Posts of the Year

Posted on by Brooke Baum

This month we celebrate the first year anniversary of the “Mac’s List” blog! A big thanks to you, our readers for making “Mac’s List” what it is today – an online community where talented job seekers can find resources and advice on job hunting in Oregon and connect with innovative employers who offer meaningful work. To celebrate, here are our top 10 most popular blogs in the past year (in order of most page-views to-date):

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Is Your Online Reputation Hurting Your Job Search?

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Employers long ago admitted to the public and to pollsters that they check out job applicants online as part of the hiring process. In spite of this common practice, many people say and do things on the Internet that could hurt their next job search. On Monday, for example, Laura Frazier, a reporter with The Oregonian, wrote about the online behavior of a local elementary school principal:

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How to Restart A Job Search

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Although employment in Oregon has increased eight months in a row, it can still take many months to find a job in our state.   I know from personal experience how discouraging it is when a job search lasts longer than expected. Two times in my own career I was out of work for more than six months.   In the end, I found good jobs by taking a hard look at what I was doing, … Read more »

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5 Ways to Spot an Innovative Employer

Posted on by Joni Roylance

Today’s educated and experienced job seeker is not only out to find a job, but to seek out the right job—or even better, a career home.  So how do you know when you may have hit the cultural jackpot with a company? How do you identify a company that is actually innovative, and doesn’t just say so on their website? Here are five ways to spot an employer who is worth your job search time: … Read more »

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