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How to Work with a Staffing Agency

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An Interview with Pat Welch of Boly: Welch Temporary work can be a good option for people returning to the workforce or between permanent jobs. A short-term assignment helps pay your bills, grows your professional network, and lets employers see what you can do. Most cities have a large number of staffing companies that arrange […]

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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. 059: How Women Can Shatter the Glass Ceiling, with Elisa Doucette

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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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Bonus Episode: “Why wouldn’t you hire me?”

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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 […]

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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. 056: How to Get the Most Out of Your Day, with Matt Kepnes

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If you are between jobs you may find yourself with an abundance of unstructured time on your hands. Trying to make the most out of your day will be frustrating if you don’t know how to effectively manage your time. Guest expert, Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, shares his tips and processes for accomplishing large […]

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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 Insider Tips for Acing Your Next Job Interview

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For many job seekers, the interview is the most stressful part of the process. This was definitely the case during in my own job searches.

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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. 055: How to Nail Your Next Phone Interview, with Hannah Morgan

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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, […]

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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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Get Personal to Build Your Network

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Going to Mac’s List events, I constantly get asked “Who should I reach out to in order to get a job?”  My response is always the same, “your personal network.”  Who do you do life with? Your family, friends, roommates, neighbors, volunteer groups, alumni associations, the lady who rides the bus at the same time […]

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Jenna Forstrom is the former Community Manager of Mac’s List. She has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s beer and nonprofit communities.
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Want to meet a key influencer? Try these three email tips.

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the expression: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Yes, it’s a cliche. But it’s also 100% true.

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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. 054: Treat Your Career as if You’re an Entrepreneur, with Michelle Ward

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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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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 Pro Tips to Take Your Networking to the Next Level

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Networking is the single most productive job search tactic–especially when you’re looking for jobs that never get publicly advertised. It’s also the one activity that most terrifies job seekers.

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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. 053: How to Make the Most of a Networking Event, with Angela Copeland

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If the purpose of networking is to build relationships, then why would you only network when you are job hunting? Guest expert, Angela Copeland says it takes time for someone to get to know you, so start networking now. If you are unsure of  where to find information about networking events, Angela suggests to look […]

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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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Beating the Odds: Three Steps to Developing an Awesome Answer for the Dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

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You know it’s coming, but it still freezes you in your tracks like a deer in the headlights. Maybe it’s right after you sit down in the visitor’s chair, across the desk from the interviewer. Or maybe it’s ten or fifteen minutes into your conversation, just when you start to think you might escape this […]

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Bonus Episode: Mac’s Interview on the Making Oregon Podcast

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On July 14, 2016 Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, talked with Terry Starbucker, cofounder and publisher of Built Oregon, a monthly online magazine that serves to tell Oregon entrepreneurial stories.  Built Oregon also has a podcast called, Making Oregon, this podcast brings you Built Oregon conversations with innovators, makers, doers, disruptors, foodies, dreamers, […]

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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. 052: What Successful People Do Differently, with Don Hutcheson

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There is a structure or blueprint to being a successful person but there is no perfect formula. The design differs for everyone, as guest expert Don Hutcheson explains. It is necessary to dig into who you are and what you are supposed to be doing before attempting to be successful at any one thing.

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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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Restarting My Career After a 15 Year Hiatus | A Job Search Success Story

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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 we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to help us […]

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Leslie has a diverse professional background, with experience in technical writing, family counseling, and employee relations. After a 15 year hiatus to raise children, Leslie on-ramped her career through jobs in the real-estate and career services sector.
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Ep. 051: How Women Can Get Back to Work After a Career Break, with Jennifer Gefsky

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Did you know 90% of women who opt out of the workforce will return at some point? The most common reason women decide to opt out is to take care of their children, and in the case of the Generation X-ers to care for elderly parents.

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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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Bonus: Why Don’t Employers Include a Job Salary in a Job Post?

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On July 14, 2016, Ben Forstag published a blog post on Mac’s List, “Why Employers Don’t Include Salaries in their Job Posts (and What You Can Do About It).” This sparked a lengthy and lively discussion in the comments section. We decided to continue the conversation on this week’s Find Your Dream Job podcast.  Mac, […]

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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. 050: Why You Need to Toot Your Own Horn at Work Now, 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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How to Get a Government Job: Four Lessons Learned

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Before starting my own public relations company, I had the good fortune to work as a communications officer in Oregon state and local government, and at Portland State University. I had some wonderful jobs, including stints in the governor’s office and Portland City Hall. Along the way I learned a lot about how to find […]

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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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