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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 […]
Whether you’re an experienced professional looking for a new challenge or a younger worker seeking a burgeoning field, most career changers are considering jumping into top jobs in hot and growing industries.
One of the constant challenges of job hunting is persuading an interviewer that you are the right person for the position. This task can be even more difficult when you’re trying to transition into a new career. How do you make the most of the transferrable experience you have to instill confidence in a prospective […]
If you ask most people around Portland about Mac’s List, they will almost all say, “oh yeah, that’s the job board for nonprofit careers.” Yet, my company, Pacific Continental Bank, and many other for-profit organizations also advertise here as well. Why? Because good employees are good employees regardless of a company’s tax exempt status, and […]
Many people believe retirement means working until a certain age and then enjoying a life of leisure. The problem with this thinking, says this week’s guest expert, Nancy Collamer, is that most of us are facing the 40/30 dilemma. After working (only) 40 years in a full-time career, 30 years of retirement can be too many hours […]
The most important—and most difficult—part of any job search is finding focus. You need to have some idea of what you actually want to do in your career. Without a focused job search goal, it’s almost impossible to sell yourself to potential employers.
Today I hosted my second free webinar, How to Make Your Next Job Search Easier and Faster. In this presentation, I shared seven tips for cutting months off the length of your next job search. I also outlined a strategy that eliminates many of the most stressful, frustrating parts of a job search. If you missed […]
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 […]
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.
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.” […]
In this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, discusses his experience launching his first business, Prichard Communications.
Are you a person who is thinking about the question you are going to ask more than you are thinking about the person who will be answering the question? Have you considered how your question or problem sounds to the other person? Guest expert Julie Broad says “People often think about themselves when they are […]
In the past, hiring managers using a telephone to solicit feedback from job references yielded a low, 50% return rate. Today, online reference tools and surveys boast a reference return rate of 85-90%! For job seekers, this makes furnishing quality referrals to potential employers a necessity.
On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, the Mac’s List team, Mac Prichard, Ben Forstag, and Jenna Forstrom talk about the single biggest mistake most job seekers make.
I want to share an amazing statistic with you: 87% of all recruiters use LinkedIn on a daily basis to find and screen candidates. What does this mean for you? It means you absolutely need a killer LinkedIn profile to maintain your credibility as a working professional.
The days of working for the same company for 30-years and retiring with a full pension are a thing of the past. Today, people have a powerful sense they need to consistently consider what their next career or job change will be. There are even employees who are worried about what hiring managers will think […]
On an earlier podcast, guest expert, Hannah Morgan, spoke about how to nail your next phone interview. While wrapping up the interview, she suggested informing the hiring manager you are still interested in the role and asking the question, “Would you think of any reason why I wouldn’t be moved forward in this process?” We […]
On Thursday, October 6, Mac List hosted our first “online office hours” event using Facebook Live. This was a great opportunity to connect with our readers in a live and interactive format. Over the hour-long chat, Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, answered questions from job seekers around the country.
Job applicants do not always know when a hiring manager or recruiter will be calling to conduct an interview. If you are caught unprepared or your situation is not ideal to respond to their questions, it is perfectly acceptable to ask the interviewer to reschedule the call. But, be sure to ask for their number, […]
Do you have a personal website, a personal business card or a folder of compliments you have received? If not, you should, says this week’s guest expert, Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up Coach. A person is more than their current job title. And often, personal projects and hobbies tell more of your story […]
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