The Importance of Networking: Jackie Starr’s Job Search Success Story

Jackie Starr began her job search seeking a part-time position. She was new to the Portland job market, and as a result she anticipated that it would be a challenge to find an interesting and rewarding position. By using her network and putting together a compelling resume, Jackie was able to find her dream role within two months.

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

I am the executive director for Friends of the Multnomah County Library, a member-supported nonprofit that advocates for the library and its programs/services.

How long did it take you to find this job?

I reviewed job postings on Mac’s List for a period of two months and ultimately secured my current position. 

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

I found my current position solely by consistently reviewing the various postings on Mac’s List. I think having a resume that accurately reflects skills and experience is most helpful when applying for opportunities of interest. 

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

I was in search of a part-time position so I initially thought it would be challenging to find such an opportunity that would be appealing. My timing was perfect because I did identify two positions on Mac’s List that I felt would be a good fit for me. I didn’t experience much difficulty with this particular search. 

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

Networking is extremely important even if it’s a simple conversation letting others know that you are searching for a new job. I met a person while getting a manicure and she introduced me to Mac’s List after I advised that I was looking for employment. I was somewhat new to Portland’s job market and wasn’t familiar with Mac’s List prior to this. 

Why do you love your job?

I enjoy supporting the various community efforts that take place in the nineteen libraries that are affiliated with Multnomah County.  It’s very hard to find individuals who don’t appreciate libraries so it’s a joyful and happy environment in which to work.