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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.
Going to Mac’s List events, I constantly get asked “Who should I reach out to in order to get a job?” My response is always the same, “your personal network.” Who do you do life with? Your family, friends, roommates, neighbors, volunteer groups, alumni associations, the lady who rides the bus at the same time […]
I’m sure you’re familiar with the expression: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Yes, it’s a cliche. But it’s also 100% true.
Networking is the single most productive job search tactic–especially when you’re looking for jobs that never get publicly advertised. It’s also the one activity that most terrifies job seekers.
If the purpose of networking is to build relationships, then why would you only network when you are job hunting? Guest expert, Angela Copeland says it takes time for someone to get to know you, so start networking now. If you are unsure of where to find information about networking events, Angela suggests to look […]
Everyone’s job search story is different, but each individual story can inspire and empower others who are on their own unique path. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to help us […]
Did you know 90% of women who opt out of the workforce will return at some point? The most common reason women decide to opt out is to take care of their children, and in the case of the Generation X-ers to care for elderly parents.
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, […]
Have you ever wondered why we don’t have more jobs on Mac’s List for corporations like Nike, Adidas, Columbia or Intel? These are some of largest employers in the Pacific Northwest, and jobs at these corporations are highly sought after from applicants around the world. Recruiters for these companies typically don’t post job openings on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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