A lot of friends, family and colleagues have asked how I managed to find a job in Portland in such a relatively short time, especially considering the state of the job market. The short answer is hard work and some good timing. But I did find a very cool resource along the way.
My friend and media colleague (and Portland resident) Amanda sent me some valuable names, links and recommendations at the beginning of the process; she also insisted that I sign up for Mac’s List.
Mac’s List is a weekly email newsletter (and website) that features a few dozen Portland-based job openings and resources for folks in communications, public affairs and other fields like non-profits, public agencies and politics, etc. What’s nice about a list like this: it’s curated. Good jobs and fewer applicants, but better applicants. How many resumes have you sent off into the abyss of automated corporate websites or national job sites never to hear back? A lot? Me, too. It can be deflating. You have experience, good references, a tight resume — what does it matter when you can’t get your foot in the door?
So my personal, and now professional (I was hired by Prichard Communications this year — the very company that produces Mac’s List) advice to finding a good job: network, get names of influencers and get your foot in the door any way you can; and don’t rely on the big job sites. Employers don’t value the endless flow of resumes they bring in. Instead, find a smaller resource. If you’re looking in Oregon, Mac’s List is a great one.