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!
This week we’re talking to Yvette Mata Rivas, who shares how she found a job less than a week after moving to Portland. Here’s her story.
What do you do for a career? Who do you work for?
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. [Editor’s note: Yvette is no longer with NAMI. Learn about her newest career adventure on her LinkedIn profile.]
How long did it take you to find this job?
I was living in Texas, when I started looking for full time employment in the Portland area. I had been accepted to Portland State University’s Graduate Program, and my husband and I were trying to figure out how we could make the big move. My husband ended up finding a job and moving here first; I followed a few months later. Within a few days of my arrival, I began receiving offers to interview and was hired in my current position within a week!
How did you find your job? What resources did you use? What tool or tactic helped the most?
Because of my previous work with higher ed and nonprofit institutions, I would visit university, college, and community college HR sites daily. Additionally, I made sure to visit HR portals for the City of Portland and Multnomah County on a semi-weekly basis. Mac’s List was pivotal in my job search because of the variety of positions and the ease of which to navigate and sort through all that was available in the area.
What was the most difficult part of your job search? And the easiest part?
Initially, the most difficult part of my job search was explaining to prospective employers my current situation without being too revealing of personal life situations. Basically, explaining why a phone interview would work best and scheduling an in-person second interview because I was in Texas at the time. It also took some financial planning and budgeting to fly out to interview, which meant I had to be strategic with the positions I was applying for.
Why do you love your job?
I love my job because I work with a team that understands mission, impact, and community. Also, I like knowing that the organization I work for takes accountability in creating, and maintaining programs and initiatives that work toward improving life.
Want to learn more about Yvette? Connect with her on LinkedIn.