Finding A New Career Path For Your Skills: Stacey Rice’s Job Search Success Story

After a two month job search, Stacey Rice was ready to find a new career at an organization that aligned with her interests. The biggest challenge Stacey faced was identifying a job position that was suited to her skills, and that was the perfect next step for her career path. In the end, she found a job she loves with City Club of Portland. Get Stacey’s advice on what you can do to grow your career by volunteering and using local resources.

What do you do for a career? Who do you work for?

I manage the programs at City Club of Portland which includes our weekly Friday Forum luncheons, a research program that examines the civic issues that affect Portland and Oregon, and advocacy.

How long did it take you to find this job?

Two months.

How did you find your job? What resources did you use? What tool or tactic helped the most?  

I originally saw this job listing in Mac’s List and this is the main resource that I used. The weekly listings seems to hold listings of jobs that are of the most interest to me.  

What was the most difficult part of your job search? How did you overcome this challenge?  

The most difficult part of my search was trying to find the best fit for the next step in my career. Being very particular in what I was looking for really helped bring clarity to my search, and sticking to that focus kept me dedicated throughout my search.

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

Volunteer with an organization that you have a passion for and that you would like to work for. They get to know you and if a job comes open that matches your qualifications, you may have the inside track to that job. I have gotten two jobs by doing this but I also gave my time to something that I believed in.

Why do you love your job?  

I am excited to help lead the organizational change at this 102 year old Portland institution to move it towards a more diverse and inclusive place.