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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 […]
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. We share these stories to inspire your job search and to help us all better understand the challenges of finding meaningful work! […]
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.
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 […]
Do you feel as if something is missing from your career? Many clients contact me, saying that while they like many aspects of their work, something leaves them unfulfilled, disengaged, and itching to make a change. They feel that their job isn’t working for them and they want to gain some insights about what’s wrong, […]
Even a mundane conversation can take an unexpected turn, and this is especially true during a job interview. From out of nowhere the hiring manager might ask a question that completely throws you off your game…
Well-done, eager candidate! The interview went swimmingly. You were attentive, engaged, and asked the right questions. You hit all your talking points in a natural fashion, got off a one-liner that killed, and felt genuine warmth in the manager’s goodbye handshake. Don’t celebrate yet; the work’s not done. Before gathering your gear to walk out […]
It can be the most uncomfortable part of a job interview: that moment when a potential employer asks “What’s your salary requirement?” Answering can feel like a dicey balancing act. Name a figure too large, and you might scare the employer away; name one too small, and you could lose value in their eyes or […]
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 […]
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!
“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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
When you are looking for your dream job everyone always says, “You need to go to a networking event!”
On September 5, 2016, Mac Prichard was the featured guest on the Finance Career Launch podcast, a show for people aspiring to careers in the finance sector. Mac spoke with host, David Mariano, about How to Use Informational Interviews and Networking to Find the Best Jobs.
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.” […]
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