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How to Get a Government Job: Four Lessons Learned

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Before starting my own public relations company, I had the good fortune to work as a communications officer in Oregon state and local government, and at Portland State University. I had some wonderful jobs, including stints in the governor’s office and Portland City Hall. Along the way I learned a lot about how to find […]

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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 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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Five Networking Event Tips for Newbies

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

Anyone else get nervous walking into a room filled with strangers?  On the Mac’s List blog we’ve talked about what to do BEFORE attending networking event. But what about during?  Here are five tips for newbies to make attending a networking event a success:

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Jenna Forstrom
Community Manager at Mac's List
Jenna Forstrom is the Community Manager of Mac’s List, and is responsible for audience outreach and public communications. Jenna has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s nonprofit community. Contact Jenna at jenna@macslist.org.
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Ep. 045: An Introvert’s Guide to Networking, with Trina Isakson

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Networking events can be, for an introvert, a worst case scenario. This is why introverts need to be prepared, strategic and have a clear goal of what they want to accomplish before attending a conference or event. Today’s guest expert, Trina Isakson says that introverts gain energy from being alone and a common misconception is […]

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BONUS Episode: Networking Schmetworking, Tips for Genuine Connection, with Jen Violi

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Freelance writer, Jen Violi, shares tips for genuine connection in Oregon – or anywhere. Even if networking makes you queasy, you can make connections with others on a personal and professional level.  We say this at Mac’s List all the time, 80% of jobs are never posted, so chances are you’re next dream job will be […]

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How To Be Successful At A Job Fair

Posted on by Matt Beckwith

A job fair can be an effective way to meet hiring managers and recruiters in your community and learn about many job opportunities in one day. If you are prepared and use your time wisely, you can walk away with many strong job leads. Many job seekers make careless mistakes that can hurt their chances […]

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Job Coach at MattBeckwith.com
Matt Beckwith writes the job search blog, High Demand, Low Supply and has been coaching job seekers for more than two decades. His career as a manager spans over 20 years, holding leadership positions from supervisor to Vice President, with a great deal of success hiring and developing top talent.
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Six HR Hiring Secrets You Need to Know

Posted on by Ben Forstag

The Human Resources Department: where 99.9% of all job applications go to die… often, without notice or update. Many job seekers see the HR department as an impenetrable institutional gatekeeper, keeping them from their dream job. If only I could get past this burdensome, impersonal HR process, I’d have no problem landing the gig! There is […]

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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. 039: How to Start Over in a New City, with Terry St. Marie

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Have you ever thought about putting everything you own into a moving van and taking a new job in a new city? The typical American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime. From across town to across the country, you’ll face common challenges with job hunting and settling in a new city. This week on Find […]

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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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PODCAST BONUS: How to Pick the Right Interview Outfit

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  When it comes to interviewing, your wardrobe matters. You want to pick the perfect outfit for your interview — one that is professional, but which also honors the existing office culture that you hope to join. Doing so creates a good first impression with the hiring manager and signals that you are a good […]

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Three Overlooked Career Resources for New College Grads

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Congratulations college graduate… you did it! After years of hard work (and probably a couple of all-nighters) you finally got your degree!   Now it’s time to put that education to good use by finding a great job. (Gulp!) Landing your first job out of college can feel pretty daunting. Fortunately there are several amazing […]

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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. 033: How to Work a Room, with Susan RoAne

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Maybe you’re looking for your next job. Or perhaps you want to stay on top of your career. Whatever your goal, you know you need to go to professional events.  It’s one of the best ways to meet others in your field. But does the idea of walking into a room of strangers and striking […]

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Ep. 015: How To Get a Nonprofit Job

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How do you get a nonprofit job? This is a big question that we hear from all kinds of job seekers: recent college graduates, corporate employees who want to switch careers, and government workers who want to continue to serve the public. Like the question, the nonprofit sector is big. Almost 11 million Americans work for […]

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Ep. 014: The Millennials’ Guide to Finding a Job

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Millennials, the 54 million Americans born after 1980, now account for more than a third of the workforce in the United States. Perhaps more than any generation, millennials stand out for wanting meaningful, purpose-driven careers. And they have brought new ideas about decision-making, management style, and work-life balance into the workforce. Millennials face challenges, too. […]

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Organizations Connecting Women in Portland

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

It’s no secret that women face many unique challenges in the workplace. In my career, I’ve found that connecting with other female professionals like myself can be key to overcoming these challenges. Finding a group of women to support you and your professional growth can go a long way towards boosting your career satisfaction. If […]

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 Network When You Don’t Know Anyone in the Room

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

Editor’s Note: This post was reprinted with permission from Mathys+Postestio. See the original post here.  As the young professionals branch of the Austin Ad Fed, theAD2ATX team is out and about every month meeting new folks in advertising, marketing and similar industries. Our members have vastly different career goals, despite their closeness in age. Some are freelancers, […]

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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The 10 Best Nonprofit Networking Events in Portland

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Did you know that nonprofits (as a sector) were one of the biggest employers in the Portland metro area, responsible for over 14.5% of all jobs in Multnomah County in 2013? With numbers like this, it’s no wonder why Portland has such a large and robust community of nonprofit professionals. If you’re looking to advance […]

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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. 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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Warming up Cold Call Emails

Posted on by Michelle Helman

Are you new to Portland? Have you been here awhile and are looking for change? Navigating the Portland job market can be daunting and arduous. There are a finite number of jobs out there and a lot of active job seekers. One useful way to improve your odds is to start networking via cold call […]

Michelle Helman
Michelle is an award-winning resume writer and super-connector living in Portland. She is the owner and founder of Enact Your Vision, speaks Spanish, and rides a bicycle. Her passion-piece is engaging in the intersection of personal and community development.
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The 10 Best Business Networking Events in Portland

Posted on by Ben Forstag

The single most effective element to successful career management can be summed up in one word: network! This is particularly true in the business community, where personal relationships are the foundation for nearly every transaction. Whether you are looking to find a new job, meet your peers, or generate sales leads, regular networking is vital […]

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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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