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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 — […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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%?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
To get the job you want, you need to craft a stand-out application. This can take significant time and effort. Following the guidelines below will undoubtedly slow the pace at which you can apply for open positions, but what you lose in quantity, will be more than made up for with quality. Here are the […]
Most employers are looking to hire based on more than just their background—they want a good culture fit. So it is essential to put your personal brand on display to engage them. A personal mission statement on your resume can serve as an effective way to communicate your personal brand to a potential employer at […]
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