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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, […]

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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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 […]

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 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 […]

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. 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 […]

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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