Every Conversation is an Opportunity: Liz McBride’s Job Search Success Story

In this job search success story, Liz McBride, the senior technical recruiter at Atlassian, shares how she found her role by staying in touch with former colleagues and nurturing professional relationships.  

What do you do for a career?

I’m the Senior Technical Recruiter focused on Product; basically, I look for awesome Product Managers who want to work at an amazing company!

Who do you work for?


How long did it take you to find this job?

I was not actively looking but was open to having conversations. Once I learned more about the company and met with the team, the whole process took 2-3 weeks.

 How did you find your job?

I found this role through a former co-worker from Vitamin T.

What resources did you use?

One-hundred percent my network.

What tool or tactic helped the most?

Staying in touch with former colleagues and nurturing professional relationships. 

What was the most difficult part of your job search?

I met with a lot of people at Atlassian, so several Zoom calls!

How did you overcome this challenge?

I looked at every conversation as an opportunity to learn more and meet amazing people. 

What is the single best piece of advice you would offer other job-seekers?

Reach out to your network and let them know you’re open to having conversations. My last three jobs have all come from my network. 

Why do you love your job?

I love helping people, and what better way to help someone than to find them an amazing job at a truly amazing company?!

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 all better understand the local job market!

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