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Why You Need to Stop Keeping Your Options Open

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Whenever I meet a job seeker, the first question I ask is always the same: “What kind of work are you looking for?” At least half the people give me one of the following responses—all of which are a bad omen for their job search… “I’m keeping my options open.” “I’m willing to do anything.” […]

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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. 019: How to Make (and Keep) Professional Resolutions

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to do something different in your career? The list of changes you seek in the next 12 months could include a raise, a promotion, or a new job. Or maybe you want to improve your professional skills by stepping up your networking, increasing your industry knowledge, or adopting […]

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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.
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The Future of Professional Success: Career Leadership

Posted on by Jill Banks

Editor’s Note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Carpenter Smith Consulting Blog. It is being re-published on Mac’s List with permission from the author.  In my work as a career consultant, executive coach and ally, one of the most common dynamics I see in my clients is a belief that the only […]

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Jill Banks is an impactful and passionate consultant and coach in her Director of Career Services role at Carpenter Smith Consulting. She supports individuals in discovering and claiming their unique gifts, and to make changes they never believed possible. She is also certified by the American Council on Exercise as a fitness instructor and is committed to supporting people in bringing the whole of themselves to their success – intellectual, physical, psychological and spiritual.

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10 Pieces of Dating Advice You Can Apply to Your Career

Posted on by Abigail Diskin

Dating isn’t all that different from job searching: there’s the first impression, the awkward first date, the assessment of one another’s character, and the excitement and uncertainty. Over the years, I’ve established my own set of dating rules, and as it turns out, they have a dual purpose. These guidelines have helped me along my […]

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Abigail writes and manages content at Flowerpot Media. Shortly after moving to Portland, she spread 26 hand-written love letters around the city on her 26th birthday. She continues to fall in love with the city and enjoys showing fellow travelers around when they come to visit.
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The Career Wheel: A Great Tool to Assess Your Career Satisfaction

Posted on by Marsha Warner

Do you ever feel dissatisfied with your career but aren’t sure where to start improving it? If yes, try using the Career Wheel above to assess your current level of satisfaction so that you can discover where it is that you need help. How to Use The Career Wheel

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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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You Can’t Do It Alone: Create a Powerful Network to Achieve Your Goals Part II

Posted on by Jessica Williams

So how do you go about building a network like the one I described last week? Well, it isn’t easy and it takes work, but I can tell you from experience that it is one of the most rewarding things in life–having a strong network makes a difference every day, both professionally and personally. I […]

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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7 Things Really Amazing Job Seekers Do

Posted on by Mac Prichard

In my career, I’ve done hundreds of informational interviews as a job seeker myself and with people looking for work, and I’ve helped hire dozens of people. Over the years I’ve noticed that no matter what the background – nonprofit, government, or the private sector – the people who enjoy the most success in a […]

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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.
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Don’t Do These 10 Things in an Informational Interview

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Informational interviews are one of the best ways to clarify career goals, grow a professional network and uncover unadvertised jobs.  Over 80% of jobs are never posted on a job board.  Having these conversations with other professionals can answer practical questions about positions in your field, make new contacts, and put you in front of […]

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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.
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How to Work a Room Like an Extrovert (Even if You’re Shy)

Posted on by Mac Prichard

My colleagues at “Mac’s List” and I share a singular interest: we enjoy going to receptions, association lunches and other public events and talking to strangers, lots and lots of them. The two of us recognize that many of our colleagues have a different feeling about meeting and chatting up new people. But to succeed […]

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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.
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How I Found a Job in Portland, Oregon: Mac’s Story and Lessons Learned

Posted on by Mac Prichard

Whether we’ve come from out-of-state or grew up here each of us has a story about how we landed our first job in Oregon. Here’s my story and the lessons I learned. In the spring of 1991, my wife Kris and I were living in Boston where I was finishing up a master’s degree in public […]

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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.
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Three Interview Tips Used by Successful Job Applicants

Posted on by Mac Prichard

I’ve interviewed dozens of candidates for jobs over the years. Whether I was working in government, at a non-profit organization, or my own company, Prichard Communications, the people who stand out – and usually get an offer – always take three steps:

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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.
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