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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 beyond, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to […]
Companies are obsessed with culture. Leaders talk about it, HR screens for it, but it can be difficult to pin down and define the culture of any given organization. And that’s a big risk for job seekers.
If you’ve spent any time looking for jobs recently, you’ve probably encountered websites and apps that offer a one click apply process. These sites offer the promise of a quick and easy way to apply for the job of your dreams. Just a single click and soon you’ll be sitting in that executive corner office.
For most of us, life has a tendency to get in the way of our career paths. Employment history gaps are becoming more common, but they’re still often seen as red flags to employers. When it’s time to return to work, you need to reframe those gaps and show yourself in a positive light.
After weeks of conversations, interviews, and imagining your life in a new position, you finally find out: you didn’t get the job. It’s tough to lose out, but you can learn from the employer who passed on you. While criticism doesn’t always feel good, the feedback you can get after an unsuccessful interview process can be […]
You’ve polished your resume, crafted targeted cover letters, and even gotten some interviews. But weeks of unemployment have turned into months – maybe even years – and you haven’t landed a job offer. During a long job search, it’s essential to take steps to stay healthy and resilient.
The traditional hiring process is broken and everyone knows it–both job seekers and hiring managers. The over-automated, keyword-driven, impersonal way most organizations hire is a relic of software systems built 40+ years ago. As such, playing by the rules is more likely to land you a stress headache than a job offer. This week’s guest, […]
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 […]
It’s a challenge many job seekers face. You want to move to a new city, but you need a guaranteed paycheck before you make the big jump. So you look for opportunities on local job boards and send out applications. But here’s the problem. Employers have a distinct bias against long-distance job candidates.
Volunteering is an important component to any job search and can benefit the job seeker in myriad ways. So says this week’s guest, Mark Anthony Dyson. While most volunteer gigs won’t lead to a formal job offer, Mark argues that giving your time and energy as a volunteer helps you stand out from the crowded field […]
We live in a highly mobile society, with people frequently moving hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of miles for family, work, or lifestyle needs. For many people the desire to relocate often crashes headlong into the reality of needing financial resources for such a move. You end up with a chicken-or-the-egg problem… What comes first: the move or […]
As any frazzled commuter will attest, having the option to telecommute—to work remotely home or any other location—is a major perk. Not only do you get to skip the daily rush hour commute, but you may also get extra flexibility in your work schedule. Need to transport your kids to soccer practice? No sweat. Have […]
Build it and forget is not a good strategy for your LinkedIn page, especially if you are job hunting. Job seekers need a strong, robust presence to demonstrate their capabilities, and communicate what makes them stand out above other candidates. If your profile is not updated, it may appear you are out of touch with […]
When most people think about “networking,” they envision an after work happy hour, an industry event, or perhaps an informational interview. These are all recommended tools for building your professional network and finding interesting work opportunities. But there’s another, more nuanced, form of networking that can help you land a job: guerrilla networking.
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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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