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Three Pro Tips to Take Your Networking to the Next Level

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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.

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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. 053: How to Make the Most of a Networking Event, with Angela Copeland

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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 […]

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Restarting My Career After a 15 Year Hiatus | A Job Search Success Story

Posted on by Leslie Yeargers

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 […]

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Leslie Yeargers
Office and Operations Coordinator at Vicki Lind and Associates
Leslie has a diverse professional background, with experience in technical writing, family counseling, and employee relations. After a 15 year hiatus to raise children, Leslie on-ramped her career through jobs in the real-estate and career services sector.
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Ep. 051: How Women Can Get Back to Work After a Career Break, with Jennifer Gefsky

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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.

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Bonus: Why Don’t Employers Include a Job Salary in a Job Post?

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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, […]

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How to Find Jobs at Nike, Adidas, Columbia, or Intel

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

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 […]

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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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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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Matt Beckwith
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

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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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