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How to Land a Great Job After College: Elizabeth Vargas’ Story

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Elizabeth Vargas, Account Coordinator Maxwell PR + Engagement

Everyone’s job search story is different, but we can all gain insights from each other. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire your job search and to help us all better understand the local job market!

Elizabeth Vargas, a Portland-based PR professional, shares the story of how she landed a great first job after college by using her undergrad resources, seeking out new people, and staying positive.

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Elizabeth Vargas
Elizabeth Vargas is an account coordinator at Maxwell PR + Engagement, a Portland based firm specializing in food, beverage and tourism PR. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Liz holds degrees in both political science and public relations and completed four internships during her undergraduate career. In her free time, you can find Liz reading the newest award-winning novel, hiking the forests of the Pacific Northwest or drawing in her studio.
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How to Discover the Right Career for You, with Kylie Butler: Find Your Dream Job Podcast

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Find Your Dream Job Kylie Butler

Understanding who you are, the way you work, and your beliefs are all key to finding the right career for you. Core competencies and skills are important, but truly understanding what lights you up, and what you love doing, can propel you into your next career. Career coach Kylie Butler says it can also be helpful to look into your limiting beliefs and what may be holding you back.

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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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5 Steps to Find a Great Summer Job

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School is out, the weather is heating up, and the sun is finally shining here in rainy Portland, Oregon. For many, it’s time to find a summer job. Whether you’re a student recently liberated from your high school or college schedule or you work a school year schedule and you want to pick up a summer side hustle, now is the time to ramp up your summer job search.

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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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Be a Pivotal Part of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes’ Life-Changing Work

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Job of the Week: Executive Assistant at Northwest Association for Blind Athletes

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. This mission-driven, growth-oriented organization is hiring an energetic, organized and welcoming Executive Assistant to serve as the primary contact for NWABA office operations and will support significant and sustainable expansion of NWABA’s life-changing programs.

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Jessica Black
A native Portlander, Jessica Black has an extensive background in nonprofits with a focus on streamlining operations and communications, and producing events. Jessica brings these attributes to the Mac's List team as Community Coordinator, building strong connections with our readers and clients, and is actively involved in the Portland community as a whole. Contact Jessica at jessica@macslist.org.
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Live Podcast Recording of Our 100th Episode: Find Your Dream Job Sneak Peek

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Find Your Dream Job 100th Episode Live Show

Since its starting date in October 2015 the Find Your Dream Job podcast has been downloaded 350,000 times, and it consistently ranks within the Top 40 Career Podcasts on the U.S. iTunes chart. Plus, our team just really enjoys talking about careers, job searching, and professional growth. All of this is something to celebrate.

Please join us for our 100th Episode Live Show at North Portland’s Fremont Theater. We will be recording our 100th podcast in front of a live audience.

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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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Change Sectors, Help Others: Scott Clemens’ Job Search Story

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Scott Clemans, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Clark College

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!

Name:  Scott Clemans

Occupation: Senior Public Relations Specialist

What do you do for a career? Who do you work for?

I recently joined Clark College’s Career Services Department as their Employer Relations Specialist. My main focus is working with area businesses and other organizations to identify and fill jobs, internships and other career development opportunities for Clark College students, alumni and community members.

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Scott Clemans
Scott Clemans has been in the public relations field for over 15 years. Starting his career in high-tech startup companies in the Portland area, he has spent over a decade planning and implementing the regional communications of several federal agencies - most recently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ operations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. He now passionately helps connect students with jobs in the Portland Metro area.
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How to Ask about Salary and Benefits in a Job Interview

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How to Ask About Salary

Career coaches will often tell you to avoid asking “me” questions in an interview, not to put your needs ahead of those of the employer. Employers hire because they have problems and as a potential employee, you should focus on how you can solve these problems. At the same time, figuring out if an employer can meet your personal standards and needs for salary and benefits are a key determinant of whether a job is a good fit for you.

So how can you ask about salary and benefits without putting off the hiring manager?

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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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How to Do a Stealth Job Search, with Bernie Reifkind: Find Your Dream Job Ep. 091

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You're much more desirable as an applicant if you're already working, so you want to make sure you keep your current job.

If you’re ready to find a new job but want to stay in your current company while you look for a better opportunity, you need to engage in a thoughtful and sensitive “stealth” job search. You don’t want your boss finding out that you’ve already got one foot out the door!

Recruiter Bernie Reifkind reminds job seekers to “trust no one” with plans to seek employment elsewhere. Even co-workers who have become close friends should not know about your plans. If the information were to slip out, you could be terminated from your current position.

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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 Simple Formula for Meaningful Work, with Chris Guillebeau: Find Your Dream Job Bonus Podcast

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To find the work you were born to do, you need the right combination of joy, money, and flow.

Everyone has distinct interests, skills, and passions. But when it comes to work, most people are looking for the same general thing: engaging, well-paying, and meaningful work. Most of us want a balanced life full of work that brings happiness and prosperity.

On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Chris Guillebeau, author of Born for This and The $100 Startup, explains the three things that contribute to this sense of balance. To find the job you were born to do, you need to focus on:

  • Joy: A job that makes you happy
  • Money: A career that is is financially viable
  • Flow: A livelihood that maximizes your unique skills

You can find more useful job search insight in Land Your Dream Job Anywhere, now available on Amazon. To preview the first chapter for free, visit macslist.org/anywhere.

Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo, www.freddytrujillo.com.

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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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Job Searching in a New City: Mallory Searcy’s Career Story

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Use all your resources and strategies when you're job hunting. Don't just rely on one method. - Mallory Searcy

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!

Meet Mallory Searcy, Executive Assistant & Communications Coordinator

Mallory Searcy provides strategic communications for the healthcare industry. After working in public relations, sales and communications in Florida, Mallory landed a job in her field in a new city, here in her home state of Oregon. In her spare time, Mallory volunteers as an online hotline staffer for RAINN, a national anti-abuse organization.

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Mallory Searcy
Mallory Searcy provides strategic communications for the healthcare industry. After working in public relations, sales and communications in Florida, Mallory landed a job in her field, here in her home state of Oregon. In her spare time, Mallory volunteers as an online hotline staffer for RAINN, a national anti-abuse organization.
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How to Understand (and Fill) Your Leadership Gaps, with Lolly Daskal: Find Your Dream Job Ep. 090

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"We have to understand both our strengths and our gaps in order to leverage who we want to become." Lolly Daskal, author of The Leadership Gap

Some people make success in the workplace look easy. Others struggle and fail despite great talent and ability. This week’s podcast guest, Lolly Daskal, believes that the key to success is knowing your strengths and mindfully acknowledging your weaknesses. Successful people lead from their strengths and avoid getting stuck in the “gaps.”

Your unique capabilities and competencies are what give you confidence and value at work. Your self-doubt keeps you from mastering your leadership abilities. These self-doubts, or gaps, are what make you feel inadequate.

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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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5 Unlikely People to Ask for an Informational Interview

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5 Unlikely People to Ask for an Informational Interview

Informational interviews are a great way to build your network and improve your chances of landing a great job. If you’ve spent any time here at Mac’s List, you know the importance of this tactic. But it can be tough to know who to ask for an informational interview.

Often it pays to go beyond your industry and existing professional sphere when seeking out new people to talk to. Think outside the box, and you’ll be surprised at what you can find out.

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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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Asking is Powerful: Brit Bennett’s Job Search Success Story

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"It was scary at first but once I got out from behind my computer and really put myself out there in-person, I started getting job leads." Brit Bennett

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 job search success stories with you to inspire your career and to help us all better understand the local job market!

Name:  Brit Bennett

Occupation: Marketing Manager

What do you do for a career? Who do you work for?

I work for Ivey Marketing, a retail marketing agency that specializes in branded environments, high-volume product photography, and partnership marketing. We are unique from other agencies in town in that we specialize in both the design and the make of our branded environments (most agencies do one in-house and then outsource the other). We also have an enormous photography studio that is so big you can literally drive huge trucks through it (trust me, we’ve shot them).

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Born and raised by entrepreneurs in Portland, Oregon, Brit Bennett has always had a passion for marketing. When her father's company was in danger of failing, it was a bold campaign that turned the company around and led him into early retirement. Witnessing the power of effective, niche marketing at a young age planted a seed that blossomed into a love for all things related to branding, advertising, and marketing.
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Career Tests & Quizzes Actually Can Help You Find a New Career

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Career Tests and Quizzes to find your perfect job

Since it was first published in 1970, “What Color is Your Parachute?” has been a go-to resource for any person seeking to unearth their true calling. The self-help book stresses that a career search doesn’t have to be disorganized or daunting, that with form and purpose, anyone can find the right match. Books like this provide substantive, helpful guidance that’s worth your time.

But with the invention of clickbait, the online world is flooded with sites, services, quizzes, and career tests that all promise to tell you what your perfect job would be. While personality tests and career quizzes aren’t a magic bullet, they can be helpful tools when you need focus in your career journey. You just have to be choosy and thoughtful in your approach.

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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 Right Way to Resign from Your Job, with Joseph Liu: Find Your Dream Job Ep. 089

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"This is the moment to focus on your future planning and be forward-looking." Joseph Liu

There are many reasons why you might resign from your job. Maybe you’ve outgrown the role and have found a new position that better fits your interests. Perhaps another organization is willing to pay you more for the same work. Or maybe you’ve just had enough with your current employer.

Whatever your reason for resigning, departing on a positive note should be your top priority. This isn’t a time to air long-brewing grievances or slack off as you daydream about your next position. Instead, use this time to reinforce your relations with your supervisor, coworkers, and the organization as a whole.

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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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Why You Need to Use LinkedIn Publishing and Blogging Platforms, with Joshua Waldman: Find Your Dream Job Bonus Podcast

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"Don't be just another lifeless corporate profile on LinkedIn. Actually have something to say." Joshua Waldman

LinkedIn is more than just a collection of professional profiles; it is increasingly a publishing platform where people share articles and ideas. With an audience of over 450 million users, LinkedIn has become one of the best tools for building your professional profile with insightful content.

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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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Patient and Relentless: Doug Wells’ Job Search Success Story

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Doug Wells, Director, Organizational Development, Boys & Girls Club of America

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 beyond, 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!

Name:  Doug Wells

Occupation: Director, Organizational Development

What do you do for a career? Who do you work for?

About half of my career has been in nonprofits and half in the private sector. Most often, I’ve been an executive in finance, operations, and development, and have also served on and chaired a number of statewide, regional, and national boards.  I currently work for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as Director, Organizational Development. I work with a variety of clubs (independent, 501c3 nonprofits that are chartered by the national organization) to help them be more successful in carrying out their mission.

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Doug Wells
Doug Wells has spent half his career in the nonprofit world and half in the private sector, focused mainly on finance, operations, and development. A proud generalist, Doug loves the ability to move between silos and provide value across the entire enterprise, and thrives in making challenging decisions about difficult business problems. Ultimately, Doug’s focus is always on every organization’s most important resource - people.
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How to Find Companies That Reject Age Discrimination

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How to Find Companies That Reject Age Discrimination

Being a baby boomer in the workplace is not easy. Whether you’re trying to age-proof your resume, compete with millennials for an interview, or get up to speed with new technologies on the job, older people face age discrimination in the hiring process. Yet more seniors than ever are working longer, seeking new jobs after retirement, and managing great careers.

Research has busted the myths about the older worker, and while stereotypes still exist, many resources exist for finding progressive companies that welcome and seek age diversity in their operations. I’ve pulled together some of the best resources, and a few tactics to understand companies’ hiring practices.  

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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 Sync LinkedIn and Your Resume, with Ed Han: Find Your Dream Job Ep. 088

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"One-size-fits-all is not the solution when you're thinking about a particular opportunity and how your qualifications match up." Ed Han, recruiter and career coach

As a job seeker, you need both a resume and a LinkedIn profile. Sync LinkedIn with your resume, but don’t duplicate content word for word. Each piece has its own particular purpose and, together, they function as a complementary review of your work history.

Your LinkedIn profile is a broad overview of what your professional value proposition is. Your resume should be customized around a particular job opportunity. It’s important to use keywords from the job posting in your resume so when the hiring manager knows you are familiar with the language and the culture of the opportunity.

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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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Good Move: Be a Client Services Star at 2 Brothers Moving and Delivery

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Featured Job of the Week: Client Services Manager, 2 Brothers Moving & Delivery

2 Brothers Moving and Delivery works to remove the pain from relocation and helps people transition into new and exciting parts of their life. This regionally recognized leader in residential and commercial moving services is hiring a Client Services Manager to ensure an excellent customer experience from the first phone call to the final thank you card.

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Jessica Black
A native Portlander, Jessica Black has an extensive background in nonprofits with a focus on streamlining operations and communications, and producing events. Jessica brings these attributes to the Mac's List team as Community Coordinator, building strong connections with our readers and clients, and is actively involved in the Portland community as a whole. Contact Jessica at jessica@macslist.org.
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