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Ep. 050: Why You Need to Toot Your Own Horn at Work, with Dan Rust

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Keeping a record of career accomplishments is an employee’s own responsibility. If a manager is accountable for ten people, they may not remember the special thing one team member did ten months ago. A person can make it easier on themselves and on their manager by keeping track of their accomplishments, and by letting managers […]

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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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Are You Ready to Dump Your Job and Work for Yourself?

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Finding full-time work and achieving an ideal work-life balance can be challenging.  For many people, self-employment is the best solution to this challenge. I saw this at firsthand when I attended a party organized by Chris Guillebeau, who writes about unconventional work, entrepreneurship, and foreign travel on his blog, The Art of Nonconformity. Chris has […]

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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. 049: How to Get Your Next Raise, with Josh Doody

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Does your manager fail to notice your accomplishments at evaluation time? If so, it is because “managers are busy” says salary negotiation expert Josh Doody. In addition to managing people, managers are also responsible for running the business and making a profit. Many companies only consider giving employees raises during a focal or anniversary period […]

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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. 047: How to Make Your Job Virtual, with Melissa Mathews

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It pays off to prepare yourself before asking an employer to make your job virtual. Most employers will want to know what’s in it for them before allowing an employee to work from home full-time. A professional way to address your employer’s possible questions and concerns is to make a list of the objections 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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Ep. 046: How to Get a Job You Love, with Scott Barlow

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Do you know how to get a job you love? It’s OK if you don’t. Most people do not believe it is even possible. A traditional job search includes scouring job postings and identifying with skills an employer is looking for. Today’s conversation turns the table on tradition and encourages job seekers to first identify […]

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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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Learn How to Hack the Hidden Job Market

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Find the Best Paying, Most Rewarding Jobs You Didn’t Even Know Existed Are you frustrated by job hunting? Have you sent out dozens of applications without any response? Do you wonder why you can’t find the right job? During the 15 years I’ve published Mac’s List, I’ve met with thousands of job seekers who have […]

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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 Things Successful Job Hunters Do Differently

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Job hunting is HARD work.  If you’re unemployed – it’s a full-time job.  If you’re employed, but looking for your next career move, it’s a part-time job.  Regardless of which bucket you fall into, there are many challenges ahead. 80% of jobs are never posted online and there will always be someone more experienced or […]

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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. 043: How to Create Your Own Job Online with Sean Ogle

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Do you want to work at home?  Thanks to the Internet, jobs that used to require you to sit in an office can now be done online.  Our guest expert this week, Sean Ogle, teaches people to a make a living online.

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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 Overcome the Employment-Experience Paradox

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Have you ever seen a job description like this? ENTRY LEVEL JOB OPENING: Hiring recent college grads REQUIREMENTS: 5 years of experience, 6 Olympic gold medals, and superpowers. — Jordan (@jordan_stratton) July 6, 2015 Call it the employment-experience paradox: you need prior experience for job, but you need the job to get the relevant experience. […]

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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. 036: Why You Should Quit Your Job Now, with Tess Vigeland

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Ever think about quitting your job? A vast majority of people do. One survey cited by CBS News found that 84% of Americans want to switch employers. Yet most of us show up for work every Monday even when we want to be somewhere else. There are many reasons we don’t quit our job–even 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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Ep. 035: Help Your Teen Find Their Life Purpose, with Dearbhla Kelly

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It’s graduation season and a time to celebrate the great accomplishments of our graduating high school students. It’s also a time for those students to make some big decisions about their future. Should they continue their education? Enter the workforce? Take a gap year? Or perhaps sign-up for service? “What to do next” is  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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Ep. 034: How to Identify Your Ideal Career, with Hallie Crawford

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Are you happy at your job? Unfortunately, most people aren’t. According to Gallup, unhappy employees outnumber happy ones, two to one. There are many reasons people end up with jobs they don’t like. Some workers take the first job offered in order to pay bills. Others stick with an employer because they aren’t clear what […]

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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. 032: How to Get the Career You Want, with Katie Kelley

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Every time you switch jobs, you have the opportunity to redefine your career—to pursue new challenges and find new meaning in your work life. Most workers have ample opportunity to change career paths; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the typical American will have 10 different jobs before the age of 40.  Yet many […]

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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 Fundamental Truths About Resumes

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A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Let’s get it right out there: Crafting a killer resume is hard. For many people, it’s insanely hard. (This, by the way, is why the entire professional resume writing industry exists.) At JobJenny.com, we’ve worked with PhDs, MBAs, CEOs, PMPs, RNs, BS’s, and just every […]

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Jenny Foss operates a Portland, OR based recruiting firm, Ladder Recruiting Group, and is creator of the blog JobJenny.com. Jenny is also the author of the just-launched Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the strategic job search ebook, To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search .
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Ep. 030: Find Work You’re Meant to Do, with Chris Guillebeau

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Do you know someone who has the perfect job and is getting well paid, too? It might seem that this happened by stroke of luck. In fact, it has nothing do with chance. People with dream jobs have clear goals and plans to accomplish them.  And when you find that job or career, it feels so right, […]

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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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Stop Hiding and Find Your Professional Purpose

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In his book The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin writes, “If you’ve announced that you have no talent (in anything!), then you’re hiding.” We all have innate and learned talents; when we deny these abilities we hide from ourselves—and from fulfilling work opportunities. When it comes to a career search, you simply can’t move forward when […]

Megan Leatherman
Megan Leatherman is a Portland-based Human Resources Consultant and Career Coach, and the founder of Integrated Consulting. Megan has worked extensively with companies across high growth sectors, including alternative energy and international human rights. Her area of specialization is in working with individuals to clarify and nurture their unique gifts and professional talents.
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The Minimalist Guide to Career Fulfillment

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What is the source of career fulfillment? Is it financial success, or power and prestige? Is it pursuing what you thought you wanted to be as a bright-eyed kid? Perhaps the most useful way to define career fulfillment is to start noticing in what contexts you actually feel most fulfilled.

Andrea Gerson
Andrea Gerson is a top-ranked Resume Writer and Career Counselor, and has helped more than 3,000 at all stages of their careers. She has extensive experience leading employment seminars at multiple New York City nonprofit organizations and public agencies, and has led popular workshops on topics including interview strategies, job search methods, resume development and career planning.
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PODCAST BONUS: Four Principles to Guide Your Career, with Ben Forstag

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Few people’s careers play out exactly as planned. Changes of interest, new opportunities, and life in-general all interfere with the perfect, linear career plans we made with high school guidance counselor. But even if you don’t know exactly where your career is going, you can still control its direction. The key is being clear about what’s important […]

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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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Five Ways to Target Your Job-Hunting Energy

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Transitioning into new professional roles can be challenging, and some of us will desperately apply for job after job just to try and make the discomfort end. Instead of blindly applying for any position that comes along, be intentional during your search. Here are five steps you can take before, during, and after applying for […]

Megan Leatherman
Megan Leatherman is a Portland-based Human Resources Consultant and Career Coach, and the founder of Integrated Consulting. Megan has worked extensively with companies across high growth sectors, including alternative energy and international human rights. Her area of specialization is in working with individuals to clarify and nurture their unique gifts and professional talents.
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Why Playing to Your Natural Strengths Will Advance Your Career

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Every once in a while we will have a conversation with a client that goes like this: Us: “Nicely done, you have a unique talent for ______.” Our client: “Nothing special, everyone can do this.” Us: “Actually, no they can’t—you have a pretty unique combination of skills!” Our client: “Oh, seriously? It never occurred to me that other […]

Stephanie Smith
Stephanie A. Smith has an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in coaching and consulting to organizations, and a B.A. in psychology.  She is the co-founder and COO of Carpenter Smith Consulting, llc, and provides trusted advice and consultation to companies needing turn-around expertise, and to executives and individuals who are seeking greater personal and professional success. Before founding and leading Carpenter Smith Consulting, LLC, Stephanie held leadership roles in non-profits, university research settings, and mental health environments. She has been recognized as someone who can get things done and can engage others to enthusiastically do the same.
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