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Ep. 061: Why Your Resume Isn’t Getting You Interviews, with Andrea Gerson

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Can your resume engage a human resource manager and make them want to read more? Or, does it just blend in with all other task-oriented resumes they receive? This week’s guest expert Andrea Gerson has seen thousands of resumes and shares her best practices to help you get the attention of your intended employer. She says, […]

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What do employers see when they Google your name?

Posted on by Mac Prichard

When it comes to our online behavior, hindsight is 20/20. The good news is that you can (literally) re-write your online history. I can show you how. Today, I launch How to Wow and Woo Employers Online, a free, three-part course that teaches you how to clean up your online history and build an online presence that gets […]

Mac Prichard
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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Mac Answers Your Job Search Questions

Posted on by Ben Forstag

On Thursday, October 6, Mac List hosted our first “online office hours” event using Facebook Live. This was a great opportunity to connect with our readers in a live and interactive format. Over the hour-long chat, Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, answered questions from job seekers around the country.

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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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How to Write an Irresistible Resume: A Recruiter Shares All

Posted on by Mac Prichard

You know you need to spend a lot of time on your resume, but sometimes you can get stumped with questions like: Should I use a creative design or should I keep it neat and simple? Does it matter that I haven’t had a job in over a year? And most importantly: How can I […]

Mac Prichard
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. 042: How to Be Productive in Your Job Search, with Mike Vardy

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Job hunting take a lot of time, energy, and attention to detail. It’s a job in-and-of-itself!  You might start your day reading several job boards. Then you complete and send a job application.  Next you email requests for informational meetings. And that’s followed by writing thank you notes.  After all that? Perhaps you have a […]

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Resume Hacks: How To Beat Unemployment Bias

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Here’s an ironic, ugly, and unfair truth: being unemployed makes it much more difficult to find a job. Multiple studies show that employers have a bias against candidates who aren’t currently employed. In the some companies, you are automatically disqualified if you’ve been out of work for more than six months. To beat unemployment bias […]

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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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12 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job Interview

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Sitting in my inbox right now: An email asking for help. In it, a job seeker indicates that she has sent out 1,884 resumes in the past four months (that’s 471 a month, roughly 15 a day). In these four months, she has landed a grand total […]

Jenny Foss
Jenny Foss operates a Portland, OR based recruiting firm, Ladder Recruiting Group, and is creator of the blog JobJenny.com. Jenny is also the author of the just-launched Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the strategic job search ebook, To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search .
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4 Resume Updates You Need to Make When Shifting Your Career

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. For anyone making a career pivot, it’s essential to shift your professional brand so that your new target audience will understand how and why you make sense for the types of roles you’re now pursuing. Too often, people assume that a savvy resume reviewer — […]

Jenny Foss
Jenny Foss operates a Portland, OR based recruiting firm, Ladder Recruiting Group, and is creator of the blog JobJenny.com. Jenny is also the author of the just-launched Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the strategic job search ebook, To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search .
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Why Career Summaries Trump Objective Statements (and How to Create One)

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Do you have a goal to change jobs in 2016? Are you working on your resume, or getting ready to? If so, let’s talk about the oft-debated question: Do I need an objective — or a career summary — on my resume? (Or neither?) I’m going […]

Jenny Foss
Jenny Foss operates a Portland, OR based recruiting firm, Ladder Recruiting Group, and is creator of the blog JobJenny.com. Jenny is also the author of the just-launched Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the strategic job search ebook, To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search .
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The Resume Grand Slam: Focusing on Accomplishments

Posted on by Ben Forstag

There are many, many errors you can make when preparing your resume. But the biggest (and totally avoidable) mistake is to frame your resume around past job responsibilities, rather than professional accomplishments. Your resume exists for just one purpose: to showcase your unique value to prospective employers. When you focus primarily on previous work duties, […]

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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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5 Fundamental Truths About Resumes

Posted on by Jenny Foss

A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Let’s get it right out there: Crafting a killer resume is hard. For many people, it’s insanely hard. (This, by the way, is why the entire professional resume writing industry exists.) At JobJenny.com, we’ve worked with PhDs, MBAs, CEOs, PMPs, RNs, BS’s, and just every […]

Jenny Foss
Jenny Foss operates a Portland, OR based recruiting firm, Ladder Recruiting Group, and is creator of the blog JobJenny.com. Jenny is also the author of the just-launched Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the strategic job search ebook, To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search .
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Why You Absolutely Must Customize Your Resume for Each Job

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Many jobseekers expend significant time and energy fine-polishing their resumes, wordsmithing the document until it is “perfect.” They then make a huge mistake by using that exact same resume for each and every job application. You wouldn’t send the same greeting card for every life occasion. Likewise, you shouldn’t send the same resume to every […]

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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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How to Overcome Ageism in Your Job Search

Posted on by Marsha Warner

In my coaching practice, I am frequently asked about ageism in today’s job market. My first response is that we are all what we are; we can’t change the age we are or the experiences we bring to the table. A confident job seeker embraces who they are and makes the best possible presentation of […]

Marsha Warner
Career Coach & Counselor at Career Factors
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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PODCAST BONUS: The Secret Sauce to a Kick-Butt Resume

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  Among human resources professionals, it is commonly held that at least 85 percent of all resumes “suck.” A vast majority of resumes are are poorly written and formatted, and–most damningly–they don’t showcase the candidate’s value to the prospective employer. Where does your resume fall? Is it in the mediocre majority or the awesome, “non-sucky” 15%?

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Two Simple Hacks to Revamp Your Resume

Posted on by Andrea Gerson

You’ve been spending hours each day on job search sites, applying to each and every job that you’re remotely qualified for. You have 27 versions of your resume, all saved with cryptic titles somewhere on your desktop. If you see another job posting, your eyes will pop right out of your head. Sound familiar? I […]

Andrea Gerson
Resume Writer and Career Counselor at Resume Scripter
Andrea Gerson is a top-ranked Resume Writer and Career Counselor, and has helped more than 3,000 at all stages of their careers. She has extensive experience leading employment seminars at multiple New York City nonprofit organizations and public agencies, and has led popular workshops on topics including interview strategies, job search methods, resume development and career planning.
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PODCAST BONUS: Portland’s Threads–and Yours

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope you all had a festive holiday season and that you’re starting 2016 re-energized to build the career of your dreams! To kick off the new calendar year, the Mac’s List team is sharing a bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, featuring one of our most popular guests, Aubrie De Clerck of Portland-based Coaching […]

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Your Professional Bio: Say it Loud and Say it Proud

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Everyone needs a short professional biography–to let others know what you do, to share your accomplishments and to reinforce your brand.  Whether you use it on LinkedIn, atop your resume, or in a cover letter, your bio is an opportunity to define the value you provide as a professional. In his contribution to Land Your […]

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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. 008: How to Write a Ridiculously Awesome Resume

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Writing a winning, stand-out resume can feel like a roadblock to overcome in your job search. Often people experience what we call “resume writer’s block” when applying to a job, especially when dealing with online application systems. To simplify the process, look at your resume as a marketing document that is used to sell yourself […]

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Six Simple Rules for Email Applications

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Many employers allow applicants to apply for positions through email. This is a often a great option for jobseekers, as it avoids the labyrinthine pitfalls of online application systems. At the same time, email applications represent a different kind of danger. Your email application is the first point of contact with a prospective employer; if […]

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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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Does Your Resume Stand Out From The Crowd?

Posted on by Brad Lebowsky

Imagine you’re running for a political office. As you approach the podium to give your stump speech to show your qualifications for the job you say with pride, “I can read, I can write, I will show up to all meetings on time”. Will you get elected?

Brad Lebowsky
My personal mission statement is to develop the strengths of others and create strategic plans in order to improve a social condition involving underserved communities, higher education, and health. As a hiring manager for over 25 years, I have hired more than 4,000 people and have uncovered specific strategies that have helped people secure meaningful employment both in wage and engagement.
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