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Don’t Make These Common Job Search Mistakes

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Don't Make These Common Job Search Mistakes

Yesterday, I hosted a free webinar, Don’t Make These Common Job Search Mistakes, where I discussed the four blunders you should avoid when looking for work. I also outlined a better job search strategy—one that relies less on luck and puts you in the driver seat.

If you missed the live presentation—or just want to watch it again—check out the archived video below.

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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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Ep. 075: How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out, with Marc Miller

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How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out, with Marc Miller

LinkedIn is the dominant social media platform for professional networking, and employers have taken notice. Nearly 80% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates.  They are searching for specific skills and when they find the right fit, they won’t hesitate to reach out–even if you’re not actively looking for work.

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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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Sit Up, Suit Up, Speak Up, and Smile: Conquering the Phone Interview

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Conquering the Phone Interview

Congratulations! Your resume has been plucked from that towering pile of applications reaches up to the ceiling in some nondescript Human Resources office. Now that employer wants to schedule a phone interview to discuss your qualifications. Now it’s time to prepare!

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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 Secrets to Success with Human Resources, with Melissa Anzman

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Three Secrets to Success with Human Resources, with Melissa Anzman

“To apply, contact Human Resources.”  These words are enough to induce a groan from many job seekers.

For many people “HR” is an impermeable, mysterious gatekeeper, standing between them and the job of their dreams.  But sometimes you simply can’t avoid working through a human resources department–especially in larger, most formal companies. And, if you play your cards right and get HR on your side, you have a strong advocate within the organization.

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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 Obliterate the “Older Worker” Stereotype

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How to Obliterate the "Older Worker" Stereotype

“You’ve come a long way, baby.” If you remember this Virginia Slims commercial from the 60s and 70s, chances are you’re a seasoned mid- to late-career professional, with many accomplishments to show for your years of work.

Unfortunately, not everything since those days has made such great strides. Ageism is alive and well in the workplace, and you may have even experienced your share of it.

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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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Ep. 074: How to Answer the “Desired Salary” Question, with Jim Hopkinson

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Ep. 074: How to Answer the “Desired Salary” Question, with Jim Hopkinson

Have you ever had a prospective employer ask about your desired salary? Or inquire about your salary history? This week’s guest, Jim Hopkinson, argues that your response to salary questions can be the difference in whether or not you get an offer and how much leverage you have in future pay discussions.

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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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Piloting Your Nonprofit Career in Oregon | March 16, 2017 at University of Portland

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Piloting Your Nonprofit Career in Oregon | March 16 at University of Portland

Are you searching for a career in the nonprofit or social-good sector? Do you want a job that makes an impact in your community, in the world, and in the lives of others? Are you looking for a way to make a difference while you earn a living? If so, join Mac’s List at our new quarterly networking series, Piloting Your Nonprofit Career in Oregon, hosted by the University of Portland, Pamplin School of Business.

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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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Three Ways to Practice for a Job Interview

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Three Ways to Practice for a Job Interview

For many people, the prospect of interviewing for a new job has the potential to bring on a small panic attack. This can be true whether you are a recent college graduate or a mid-career professional with many interviews under your belt. Fortunately, there is a proven way to decrease this anxiety, improve your interview skills, and give you the confidence you need to ace the interview. Practice!

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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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Ep. 073: What People with Interesting Careers Have in Common, with Srinivas Rao

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Ep. 073: What People with Interesting Careers Have in Common with Srinivas Rao

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s OK if you are still unable to answer this question, argues guest expert, Srinivas Rao. There’s always time to change paths and find a more personally rewarding career that resonates with your passions.

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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 PART Strategy: How To Answer Behavioral Interview Questions

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The PART Strategy: How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral interview questions are among the most common prompts you can expect when you’re applying for a job. If you’ve ever sat through an interview, you probably know what a behavioral question is, even if you’re not familiar with the term. It’s any question that begins with:

  • Can you tell me about a time when…
  • Give me an example of…
  • Describe a situation when you…

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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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Use Analysis To Turn Paralysis Into Action, with Hallie Crawford

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Use Analysis to Turn Paralysis Into Action, with Hallie Crawford

In this bonus episode, certified career coach Hallie Crawford reads her contribution to our new book, Land Your Dream Job Anywhere, the complete Mac’s List guide to finding work you love.

Hallie urges all job seekers to start their search with some deep personal analysis. This begins by building a “Career Contrast List” to figure out their true career wants.

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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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Mac’s List Certified as a Social Enterprise B Corporation

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Mac’s List Certified as a Social Enterprise B Corporation

I have some exciting news to share with you.

This week, Mac’s List became a certified B Corporation, joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good. We’re thrilled to receive this official recognition for our commitment to serving our community.  

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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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Ep. 072: How To Get The Most Out Of Your First Job, with David Mariano

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Ep. 072: How to Get the Most Out Of a New Job, with David Mariano

This week’s episode is about explicitly about first jobs, but the lessons we share can apply to just about any job, no matter how established you are as professional.

The average worker will have 8-11 jobs over the course of their lifetime. Each position can (and should) be a stepping-stone to a bigger, better opportunity in the future. But to make this happen, you need to do more than just show up and collect a paycheck… you need to network!

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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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Plan Ahead For These Common Interview Questions

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Plan Ahead for these Common Job Interview Questions

Planning out answers for a job interview might seem like an impossible task, or worse, a calculated way to crush your ability to be witty and spontaneous.  But there are some common interview questions that are almost guaranteed to come up, and it’s best to have your basic answers mapped out in advance.

A good response makes you look polished, prepared, and professional. Floundering a routine question will ruin your chances faster than barbecue stains on the front of your shirt!

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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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Ep. 071: Questions to Ask Before You Apply for a Job, with Amanda Augustine

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Questions to Ask Before You Apply for a Job, with Amanda Augustine

Successful job searches require time and effort. Spending time customizing job applications, targeting a job search, and a goal-oriented personal brand, will help job seekers find success more quickly, says career advice expert, Amanda Augustine. She advises job seekers to pick one goal for their job search, and then make sure all materials they create reflect that goal.

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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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Social Media: Friend or Foe?

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Social Media: Friend or Foe?

In this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, the Mac’s List team reacts to a recent New York Times opinion piece, Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It, written by Cal Newport.

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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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Ep. 070: How Women Can Get Great Tech Jobs, with Allison Esposito

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Allison Esposito

Contrary to popular belief, women don’t need to be coders or programmers, to get a great job in the tech industry, says guest expert, Allison Esposito. The tech industry is full of sales, marketing, and engineering positions that need to be filled. Even if a woman has never worked in the tech industry, she has transferable skills that apply to tech jobs.

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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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From Passive to Active: A Job Hunt Success Story

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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 all better understand the local job market!

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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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Land Your Dream Job Anywhere – Download Chapter 1 for Free!

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Land Your Dream Job Anywhere

For nearly 20 years, I’ve connected job seekers in Portland—one of the nation’s most competitive job markets—to meaningful and rewarding work opportunities. I’ve done this partly through the Mac’s List job board. More importantly, I believe, I’ve taught people a better, faster, and less frustrating way to look for work; a process that helps them build a network, uncover hidden opportunities and land a job they love.

Now I’m excited to announce that I’ve compiled all my best job search advice into a new book, Land Your Dream Job Anywhere.  The book launches February 1, but the first chapter is available right now as an instant PDF download.

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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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Mac’s List and Portland Business Alliance Join Forces to Promote Local Jobs

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Mac's List and Portland Business Alliance Join Forces to Promote Local Jobs

Big news! Mac’s List has just formalized a new partnership with the Portland Business Alliance. This means even more–and increasingly diverse–job listings coming soon to Mac’s List!

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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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