The Best Informational Interview Questions to Ask & Why They Work

If you’re looking for a new job, informational interviews are one of the most effective ways you can get started. There’s no better way to learn about a new company or industry, meet key influencers, make professional connections, and discover hidden job opportunities. When you have the chance to speak with someone one-on-one about their… Read more »

Six Simple Rules for an Email Job Application

Many employers allow applicants to apply for positions through email. This is a often a great option for jobseekers, as it avoids the many pitfalls of online application systems. At the same time, email applications represent a different kind of danger. Your email application is the first point of contact with a prospective employer; if you… Read more »

4 Simple Rules for DIY Career Guidance

Careers develop continuously over the forty or fifty years of our working lives. They are subject to forces both internal (family dynamics, changes of interest) and external (the economy, politics). Accordingly, I’ve always been dubious about “mapping out” an entire career in advance. The linear progressions of model career development—law school, clerkship, federal prosecutor, 9th… Read more »

4 Must-Dos When Following Up After an Interview

The need to impress prospective employers doesn’t end with the interview. If you really want to make a positive impression and land the job, you need to be an expert at post-interview follow-up. In Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond) job search expert Jenny Foss (AKA: Job Jenny) shares four must-do post-interview protocols. Acing these four… Read more »

A Tale of Focus and Persistence: Lisa Kislingbury Anderson’s Job Search Story

Everyone’s job search story is different, but each individual story can inspire countless careers. We share the stories of job seekers’ successes to inspire you in your own career, get ideas for new approaches, and to help us all better understand the local job market!  Meet Lisa Kislingbury Anderson. Lisa focused her job search energy… Read more »

How to Survive When You Hate Your Job

Not every job is going to be your ideal work situation. But just because it isn’t your dream job doesn’t mean it has to be a job nightmare. There often ways to improve your work situation or, at the very least, make your current job a springboard for more desirable work opportunities. If you’re stuck… Read more »

Portland’s Best Business Networking Groups

The single most effective element to successful career management can be summed up in one word: network! This is particularly true in the business community, where personal relationships are the foundation for nearly every transaction. Whether you are looking to find a new job, meet your peers, or generate sales leads, regular networking is vital to… Read more »

How To Find Jobs Through A Recruiter or Staffing Agency

Trying to find jobs through a recruiter or staffing agency can be an appealing and productive avenue to meaningful work. Recruiters often have inside access to highly coveted positions–including many that are never listed publicly. But partnering with a recruiter isn’t an instant panacea to your career woes; success requires patience, dedication, and hard work–both… Read more »

So You Got Fired… Here’s What To Do Next

Almost all of us, at some time, will be released from our job. We will be reorganized, merged, fired, replaced, right-sized, or we might just outright quit. Here are some guidelines for how to approach the critical first few days after parting company. 1. Give yourself some time Allow time to let your emotions settle,… Read more »

Your Job Application Checklist: Don’t Skip These 4 Steps!

To get the job you want, you need to craft a stand-out application. This can take significant time and effort.  Following the guidelines below will undoubtedly slow the pace at which you can apply for open positions, but what you lose in quantity, will be more than made up for with quality. Here are the… Read more »

3 Ways to Manage Burnout in Your Career

Even when you love your job, you’ll likely go through periods of feeling career burnout. It’s inevitable—especially after a busy month or when you come back from a long vacation. It can be difficult to bounce back—when I came back from Europe, I swear it took at least two weeks—but there are things you can do… Read more »

Career Lessons from Millennial Workers

Much has been written–and many hands have been wrung–over the influx of millennials into the American workforce over the past decade. 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… Read more »

Is Your Resume “Smack in the Forehead” Obvious?

Simply put, your resume is a marketing tool to help you land an interview. And, like any good marketing piece, it needs to be built around the needs and expectations of your target audience–in this case, hiring managers. Is your resume connecting? In Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond), career consultant Jenny Foss (AKA: Job… Read more »

How to Survive a Bad Professional Reference

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! Calling references is often… Read more »

How to Compose a Great Cover Letter

One of the biggest mistakes a job hunter can make is to undervalue the importance of writing a great cover letter. Cover letters aren’t meaningless etiquette–mere gift wrapping on your resume or the cover on a TPS report; rather. They are a crucial tool for showcasing your skills, competency, writing ability, and dedication to the prospective job. Most… Read more »

10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Portland, Oregon

Whether you’re thinking about moving to Portland for the nearby outdoor recreation, world-class food and drinks, friendly progressive vibes, or for a great job in Portland, there’s a lot to consider before you load up the moving truck. Whatever your reason for moving, take some time to understand the practical, economic, and social dynamics of… Read more »

10 Pieces of Dating Advice For Your Career

Dating isn’t all that different from job searching: there’s the first impression, the awkward first date, the assessment of one another’s character, and the excitement and uncertainty. Over the years, I’ve established my own set of dating rules, and as it turns out, they have a dual purpose. These guidelines have helped me along my… Read more »

10 Tips for Emerging Female Leaders

I once moderated a panel of influential women leaders at the Portland State University Center for Women’s Leadership, where we discussed networking best practices for the latest cohort of New Leadership Oregon. It was a dynamic group of ladies and I was honored to participate. As I facilitated the discussion, I began to wonder what general advice would… Read more »

How to Tell Your Story in an Interview

Whether you spent two years traveling the world or 10 years as a stay at home parent, learning how to tell your story to a potential employer can be challenging. You might be thinking, “How do I explain my choices?” or “How do I talk about my crazy journey?” Let me help you. After over… Read more »

How Employers Screen and Hire Candidates

Over the course of my career, I’ve been on many hiring committees, and hired dozens of candidates—both in the public and private sector. And as a small business owner, I know that making a good hires is one of the most difficult—but also most important—parts of running a successful organization. So I’ve seen the how… Read more »

The Career-Killing Networking Mistake You Must Avoid

Are you making a killer networking mistake that is derailing your job search efforts? Many people do. I built my first business through networking alone—no website, no marketing, no social media, and ugly business cards. Now, as someone who teaches networking, I find that I’m both self-conscious (am I practicing what I preach?) and highly observant… Read more »

How to Make LinkedIn Connections to Advance Your Career

A version of this article originally appeared in Last week, I received an informational interview request from a stranger as a direct message on LinkedIn. Despite my very busy schedule, I decided to take his call. Over the weekend, I asked myself, “Why did I agree?” Let’s take his email apart and put it into four… Read more »

What I Learned from My Worst Job Ever

According to a survey done by Monster.Com and market research company GFK, 46% of Americans either dislike or hate their job. It’s a sad state of affairs when the odds are good that many of you are not happy at your job. While I hope that you soon find something better suited to your happiness,… Read more »

Interview Etiquette 101

Interviewing for a new job and concerned you might make a misstep along the way? Don’t fret! We’ve got the interview etiquette tips and tricks you need when scouting for your next job. Personalize to show your strengths When sending a resume or cover letter, make sure to personalize these documents. You’re doing yourself a… Read more »

Your Portland Job Search Survival Guide

Just like the CDC prepared you for the zombie apocalypse, I’m here to prepare you for your Portland job hunt. Finding a new job in Portland can be a scary proposition, but it can be done. If you plan ahead and follow these 10 survival tactics, I assure you that it won’t be nearly as bad as… Read more »