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Landing a Startup Job in Portland – A Job Hunt Success Story

Posted on by Anna Walsh

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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Anna Walsh
Anna Walsh is a business professional with an emphasis in operations and management. She has area experience in cleantech, startups, international business, incubators, logistics and the green building sector.
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Passionate about the great outdoors? Western Rivers Conservancy is hiring a Database & Office Manager

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

Western Rivers Conservancy, a nonprofit leader in the effort to protect our region’s waterways, is hiring a Database & Office Manager to support the organization’s growing operations. This is an opportunity to be an integral part of a passionate and effective environmental organization. The salary range for this multi-faceted position is $40,000-$48,000 annually.

Jenna Forstrom
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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Mac’s List | Oregon Resource Guide

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

Mac’s List provides a wide range of products and services to help professionals find meaningful work. But, we don’t do everything… We want to make sure you have all the resources you need to build the career you want in Portland (and beyond). To complement our own offerings, we’ve partnered with a select group of […]

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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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Mac’s List Featured in the Portland Business Journal

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Earlier this month, Mac’s List was profiled as a rapidly growing enterprise in the Portland Business Journal, the Rose City’s premier business publication. Mac Prichard, our founder and publisher, discussed the origin and growth of Mac’s List, as well as the many products and services we provide to Oregon job seekers. Below is the full text of […]

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Ben Forstag
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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Volunteer to Show Your Value: A Job Search Success Story

Posted on by Simon Love

  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 […]

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Simon hails from New Zealand, and has a background in environmental science and life cycle assessment. He now works with social entrepreneurs and local businesses to bring social, environmental and economic improvement to Oregon.
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Top Five Career Books for New College Graduates

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

When I graduated from college, I got three copies of “Oh,The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss as graduation gifts.  Not that I don’t love Dr. Suess, but I’d mastered reading his books by the age of eight; and by college graduation, I was ready for something more practical and career-focused to help me as […]

Jenna Forstrom
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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How To Find a Job in Portland

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Portland is a great place to live, but a tough place to find work. The local job market has simply not kept pace with rapid growth of the population. Whether you’re a native Oregonian, a transplant or an aspirational Portlander, finding meaningful and well-paying work can be a challenge. Here at Mac’s List we get asked […]

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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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How I Got Hired One Week After Moving to Portland

Posted on by Yvette Mata Rivas

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 […]

Yvette Mata Rivas
I am the Latino Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Clackamas County. NAMI of Clackamas County is a grassroots organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness, as well as their families and loved ones. Under the umbrella of NAMI National we serve all Oregonians through our education, support and advocacy at the state and county level.
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What You Can Learn from Millennial Workers

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Much has been written–and many hands have been wrung–over the influx of millennials into the American workforce. A common (and totally unfair) narrative about this group is that they are overprivileged narcissists who expect too much from their employers. The not-too-subtle inference is that Generation Y is simply out of touch with reality.

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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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How to Negotiate the Starting Salary or Raise You Deserve

Posted on by Ben Forstag

Salary negotiations can be awkward and uncomfortable. This is especially true when you’ve finally land a job after a protracted search; fear, uncertainty, and desperation can hold you back from getting the appropriate compensation.  But you shouldn’t let these emotions get in in the way of getting the salary you deserve.

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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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How to Survive a Bad Professional Reference

Posted on by Ben Forstag

You aced the application and nailed the interview. They loved you! You’ve made it to the final round of applicants, or maybe the employer has already said they want to hire you. Now, the only thing standing between you and your dream job is a simple professional reference check… Uh oh!

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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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Why All Jobseekers Need to be on Pinterest

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

There’s more to Pinterest than fashion, fitness, and wedding inspiration—this growing social platform has also become a key resource for job search and career tips.

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Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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The Future of Professional Success: Career Leadership

Posted on by Jill Banks

Editor’s Note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Carpenter Smith Consulting Blog. It is being re-published on Mac’s List with permission from the author.  In my work as a career consultant, executive coach and ally, one of the most common dynamics I see in my clients is a belief that the only […]

Jill Banks
Jill Banks is an impactful and passionate consultant and coach in her Director of Career Services role at Carpenter Smith Consulting. She supports individuals in discovering and claiming their unique gifts, and to make changes they never believed possible. She is also certified by the American Council on Exercise as a fitness instructor and is committed to supporting people in bringing the whole of themselves to their success – intellectual, physical, psychological and spiritual.

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5 Positive Economic Signs for Oregon Job Seekers

Posted on by Ben Forstag

  We all know that the job market in Oregon can be rough. Since the last recession, hiring has lagged behind other growth indicators and there is fierce competition for the most desired career opportunities. But things might be getting a bit easier for Oregonians who are looking for a new job.

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Ben Forstag
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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6 Tips For Tackling the Transition from College to Career

Posted on by Ben Forstag

A select few students jump straight from college into their dream job. Sure… every school has the programming wiz who gets an offer from Google in his sophomore year, or the business savant who immediately gets a six-figure job with an investment bank. But for most of us, the transition from college to career is […]

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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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Kick Your Job Search Into High Gear | Job Seeker Roundup

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

Every other Friday, in addition to the latest Oregon employment news, we share the best and most important articles to help you in your job search. We hope these stories inspire you, improve your job search and help you understand what employers are looking for in job candidates. Enjoy!

Cecilia Bianco
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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Relocate to Portland With Gusto and Panache, Like These Folks

Posted on by Nick Mendez

Editor’s Note: This post was reprinted with permission from Mathys+Postestio. See the original post here.  Portland’s a small city. Word gets around, and you know what they say–first impressions last a lifetime. If you’re planning to relocate here, you want to hit the ground with your best foot forward. We asked four creative professionals what they learned […]

Nick Mendez
Nick Mendez is a writer and photographer who has reported from Egypt for the Boston Globe and CNN, and developed local content for AOL. He serves as community manager at Mathys+Potestio, and tweets too much @nickmendez.
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What You Need to Know Before Moving to Portland, Oregon

Posted on by Jessica Williams

Things in Portland are changing. Housing prices are on the rise, un-employment is dropping, jobs are being created, and people from out of state are moving here at a rapid pace. If you’re one of the many who are relocating to Portland, then here are some things you need to know: 

Jessica Williams
Jessica is a former account director for Mac's List and Prichard. In her spare time, Jessica can be caught hiking with her dog Zoey, traveling to foreign lands or practicing yoga.
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Find Your Tribe to Land a Job in Portland

Posted on by Jessica Williams

World-renowned marketing expert, Seth Godin, defines a tribe as “a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a […]

Jessica Williams
Jessica is a former account director for Mac's List and Prichard. In her spare time, Jessica can be caught hiking with her dog Zoey, traveling to foreign lands or practicing yoga.
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9 Principles That Will Put More Women in the Corner Office; Oregon Employment Report

Posted on by Cecilia Bianco

At Mac’s List, we know how difficult it can be to stay informed on the latest employment news and trends. We want to keep you up to date, so look forward to The Oregon Employment Report on the blog every Friday with the top articles of the week regarding employment in our lovely state. February […]

Cecilia Bianco
Cecilia, former Community Manager at Mac's List, is a strategic communications professional with deep knowledge of the local job market and how to launch your career in Portland. She has a passion for web-writing, wine, and the Pacific NW.
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