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Finding the Right Fit: A Job Search Success Story

Posted on by Rachel Launchbury

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. We share these stories to inspire your job search and to help us all better understand the challenges of finding meaningful work! […]

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Rachel Launchbury
Rachel Launchbury has an associates degree in alcohol and drug counseling, bachelors in human development, and a masters in social work. She has worked with people who are struggling with addiction, mental health issues and criminality since 2009. Rachel has witnessed people turning their lives around with grace and dignity, and watched others continue to struggle. Every day is a miracle day.
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Landing a Startup Job in Portland – A Job Hunt Success Story

Posted on by Anna Walsh

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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Anna Walsh
Anna Walsh is a business professional with an emphasis in operations and management. She has area experience in cleantech, startups, international business, incubators, logistics and the green building sector.
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From Passive to Active: A Job Hunt Success Story

Posted on by Jake Arnold

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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Jake Arnold
I edit the quarterly newsletter for The Pacific Crest Trail Association, as well as materials that range from calendars to appropriations requests to Congress.
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Focusing In to Find a Career: Success Story

Posted on by Harris Newman

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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Harris Newman
I grew up in Florida, graduated from Florida State, lived in Thailand for three years then arrived in Portland. I love Portland for it’s creative and expressive spirit, and how supportive and committed the sense of community is. It’s my goal in life to meet the world’s most interesting people and share their stories.
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Networking over Climbing Career Ladders: Job Search Success Story

Posted on by Brian Allbritton

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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Brian Allbritton
After spending many years working around the world in high tech, Brian embraced the opportunity to change courses and make the leap to non-profit so he could make a difference in people’s lives. He held the role of Chief Finance and New Business Innovation Officer for Trillium Family Services before moving to Oregon Energy Fund in 2016.
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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
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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Volunteer to Show Your Value: A Job Search Success Story

Posted on by Simon Love

  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 […]

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Simon Love
Simon hails from New Zealand, and has a background in environmental science and life cycle assessment. He now works with social entrepreneurs and local businesses to bring social, environmental and economic improvement to Oregon.
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Staying Ready for the Right Opportunity: A Job Search Success Story

Posted on by C.J. Drake

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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C.J. Drake
I’m a strategic communications and public affairs professional with 28 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. I have excellent, writing, editing, public speaking, media and relationship-building skills. (Oh, and I hate the Oxford comma.)
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How Networking Helped Me Stay Positive: A Job Hunt Success Story

Posted on by Beth Payne

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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Beth Payne
I work in Account Services at a marketing firm, serving a variety of clients on creative and digital marketing projects.
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Building Relationships to Advance My Career: A Job Seeker Success Story

Posted on by Jenna Hudson

Everyone’s job search is different, but each person’s story can teach us what works (and what doesn’t) in the local job market. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland. We share these stories to inspire you in your own search and to give you tips from fellow job seekers. […]

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Jenna Hudson
Jenna has been a nonprofit professional since an internship in college, where she spent months in Cincinnati combatting urban blight by painting doors and windows on abandoned buildings. Her particular interest is working in organizations that engage in cross-sector partnerships and systems-level improvements and innovations.
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My Journey from a Good Job to a Dream Job

Posted on by Tak Kendrick

Everyone’s job search is different, but each person’s story can teach us what works (and what doesn’t) in the local job market. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland. We share these stories to inspire you in your own search and to give you tips from fellow jobseekers. This week, reader […]

Tak Kendrick
Tak is a communications professional with background in leveraging Web 2.0 technologies and traditional media to build and inform community. His professional experience includes communications work for a mid-sized foundation, community management and content direction for an online startup, and 5+ years of journalism experience for community-based publications and radio.
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Overcoming “No” To Find My Job in Portland

Posted on by Megan O'Leary

Everyone’s job search is different, but each person’s story can teach us what works (and what doesn’t) in the local job market. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland. We share these stories to inspire you in your own search and to give you tips from fellow jobseekers.  This week, reader […]

Megan O'Leary
As Director of Membership Services, Megan manages recruitment, retention and educational programming for OEN’s statewide network. Megan has over 13 years of professional experience which began as an AmeriCorps Member with the education organization City Year. This began 10 years in the education space where she developed programs, managed staff, trained volunteers, raised money and executed special events. Megan currently serves as Board Chair for YNPN Portland.
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How I Got Hired One Week After Moving to Portland

Posted on by Yvette Mata Rivas

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 […]

Yvette Mata Rivas
I am the Latino Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Clackamas County. NAMI of Clackamas County is a grassroots organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness, as well as their families and loved ones. Under the umbrella of NAMI National we serve all Oregonians through our education, support and advocacy at the state and county level.
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How Focus and Persistence Led Lisa to Her Dream Nonprofit Job

Posted on by Lisa Kislingbury Anderson

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 […]

Lisa Kislingbury Anderson
I am the Volunteer Coordinator for World Pulse, a Portland-based nonprofit organization that increases the global voice and leadership of women worldwide using the power of digital communication. We believe that when women are heard and connected, they transform the world for the better.
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Customizing Resumes and Cultivating Relationships: Noor’s Job Search Story

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

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 […]

Cecilia Bianco
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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Networking & Volunteering My Way to A Nonprofit Job in Portland

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

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 […]

Cecilia Bianco
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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How Nicole Landed a Great Communications Job in Portland

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

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 […]

Cecilia Bianco
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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Portland Success Story: Finding My Way to Freelance

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

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 […]

Cecilia Bianco
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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Ben Forstag Takes Helm as Mac’s List Managing Director

Posted on by Mac Prichard

  I’m excited to announce that Ben Forstag has joined Mac’s List as Managing Director. He brings to the job a passion for community service and more than a decade of experience in nonprofit communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors.

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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.
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Coping with Icky Job Search Feelings

Posted on by Jessica Williams

I haven’t had to search for a job in over three years but I remember that feeling like it was yesterday… The sense that you are stuck, unhappy, unfulfilled, confused or overwhelmed is something I remember so well and it can make you feel so, well – icky!

Jessica Williams
Jessica is a former account director for Mac's List and Prichard. In her spare time, Jessica can be caught hiking with her dog Zoey, traveling to foreign lands or practicing yoga.
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