Find Your Dream Job: Insider Tips For Finding Work, Advancing Your Career, And Loving Your Job



Build a career that matters to you with job search strategies and career advice from Find Your Dream Job. Every week, we share insider secrets and job search tips on how to get a great job and develop a purposeful career. Looking for your first job, searching for direction in your career, or just need tools to find a job? Join Mac Prichard, the Mac's List team, and our expert guests every week for job search inspiration, empathy, and actionable advice to help you find work that matters! Find out more at


  • How to Make an Intentional Career Change, with Jeff Perry

    29/11/2023 Duração: 25min

    It’s easy to follow an opportunistic path with your career, taking what gets handed to you and making the best of it. But your career becomes more rewarding when you become more intentional. Getting clarity on how you need your job to align with your life is the most important first step, says Find Your Dream Job guest Jeff Perry. Jeff suggests focusing on what you want in a job rather than what you want to get away from. Jeff reminds us that we each have the ability to make choices. Don’t be at the mercy of others when it comes to your career; be intentional with what works for your life and needs. About Our Guest: Jeff Perry ( is a leadership and career expert who works with individuals, teams, and organizations. Jeff also hosts The Engineering Career Coach Podcast. ( Resources in This Episode: Grab your copy of Jeff’s book, “The Intentional Engineer: A Guide to a Purpose-Driven Life and

  • Why You Need to Network and How to Do It Well, with Gene Rhee

    22/11/2023 Duração: 27min

    Does the word “networking” strike fear in your heart? Are you hesitant to reach out to others for coffee or conversation? That fear is natural, says Find Your Dream Job guest Gene Rhee. But it helps when you realize we all network every day. When you talk with a coworker or a friend, you’re networking. The key to successful networking, according to Gene, is to have something to offer in conversation, so be clear on your values, skills, and interests, so that when asked, you can share specifics. And be ready to ask questions of the other person so that they feel valued and open to share.  About Our Guest: Gene Rhee ( is the executive director of Mohr Career Services at the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon ( Resources in This Episode: To learn more about Gene and his work at the University of Oregon, connect with him on LinkedIn. ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you

  • How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out to a Recruiter, with Nick Poloni

    15/11/2023 Duração: 24min

    If you aren’t using LinkedIn to find your next job, you are missing out on a  powerful tool. But you have to use it well. Find Your Dream Job guest Nick Poloni says it all starts with a story-driven profile. It’s not enough to have a list of previous positions; you have to provide content and context. Recruiters want to know who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you’re looking for. Nick suggests having a specific focus for your profile, using keywords and titles that are common to the field you are in or want to enter.  About Our Guest: Nick Poloni ( is the head of recruitment at Cascadia Search Group and works in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Resources in This Episode: Whether you’re a company looking for qualified candidates or a job seeker, Nick can help you. Find out more at ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.( Top Resume has helped mor

  • How Knowing Strengths Makes You a Stronger Candidate, with Kristie Steele

    08/11/2023 Duração: 24min

    Job seekers oftentimes are hesitant to share their strengths for fear of bragging, and we sometimes focus more on our weaknesses than what we’re naturally good at. But you need to show a potential employer how your strengths will benefit their company, says Find Your Dream Job guest Kristie Steele. Kristie says the best way to do that is by sharing stories of how those strengths have helped you in previous jobs. Asking friends, family, and coworkers what they see as your strengths is another way to get clarity on what you have to offer in a new position. About Our Guest: Kristie Steele ( a senior human resources manager at Forth. It’s a nonprofit working to electrify transportation. Resources in This Episode: Connect with Kristie on LinkedIn ( to learn more about the work she is doing at Forth and how you can maximize your strengths in your job search.  From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.(htt

  • How To Manage Failure in Your Job Search, with Harsha Boralessa

    01/11/2023 Duração: 23min

    Do you feel like a failure as a job seeker? Perhaps you’ve been rejected more times than you ever thought possible, or you can’t seem to get an interview, no matter how qualified you are. The key to dealing with failure in a job search all comes down to mindset, says Find Your Dream Job guest Harsha Boralessa. Harsha suggests that resilience is the most important quality to have as a job seeker. Persistence, along with a specific job search strategy, will pay off in the long term. Harsha also shares the importance of doing at least one thing every day to further your career goals.  About Our Guest: Harsha Boralessa ( the founder and the host of the Reframe and Reset Your Career podcast ( Resources in This Episode: If your career needs a reset, be sure to tune in to Harsha’s podcast and YouTube channel at Find out more by v

  • How to Use Leverage to Get the Job You Want, with Ashton McMillan

    25/10/2023 Duração: 23min

    It’s not enough in today’s job market to have the experience required for an open position. You have to stand out from the crowd of applicants to even secure an interview. Using your leverage is the best way to stand head and shoulders above others, says Find Your Dream Job guest Ashton McMillan. Leverage could be past work experience, education, or specific results from a previous job or campaign that show your success in the field. The more you know the value you have to offer an employer, the more confidently you will approach an interview, so do your homework and discover what results you have achieved that the potential employer needs in a new hire.  About Our Guest: Ashton McMillan ( is a recruiter with experience in leadership and financial analysis who specializes in software engineering and technical positions. Resources in This Episode: Connect with Ashton at to learn more about his work in talent and recruiting.  From our

  • How to Decide Whether or Not to Leave Your Job, with Becky Farone

    18/10/2023 Duração: 24min

    Are your Sunday evenings filled with dread over having to go back to another work week because of a toxic or upsetting work environment? If so, it’s time to make a decision on whether to stay or leave. Find Your Dream Job guest Becky Farone is here to share how to know when it’s the right time to leave and when you should try to hang on. Becky says you need to go back to your core values, analyze whether there are any areas that you can control, and check your confidence so that you don’t make a fear-based choice. Your career is your own, so trust yourself to make the right decision.  About Our Guest: Becky Farone ( is a credentialed career coach and the founder of Fireworks Coaching ( Becky helps professional women over 40 decide to stay or leave distressing work. Resources in This Episode: Are you stuck in an upsetting work situation and ready to feel energized and peaceful in a job? Let Becky help you; visit her website at

  • The Two Parts of Every Job Interview You Control, with Karla Rockhold

    11/10/2023 Duração: 25min

    Walking into an interview can be nerve-wracking, to say the least. Will you have all the answers they’re looking for? Will it be a good fit? You can’t prepare for the unknown, but what you can do, says Find Your Dream Job guest Karla Rockhold, is prepare for what you do know. Karla recommends preparing a 30 to 90-second elevator pitch to answer the “tell me about yourself” query that usually opens the interview. Do your homework to prepare for the middle part of the interview, and end strong with your own set of questions for the interviewer.  About Our Guest: Karla Rockhold ( is the director of alumni career engagement at Oregon State University ( Her office connects graduates with the campus community and its career services. Resources in This Episode: As an undergrad or graduate student, information is your best ally. Connect with Karla on LinkedIn ( to soak up all the career development advice and

  • Tips and Tricks for Working with a Recruiter, with Brad Near

    04/10/2023 Duração: 25min

    Why should you work with a recruiter instead of going the traditional job-hunting route? Find Your Dream Job guest Brad Near says a great recruiter can help you find a job quicker, and with more of what you’re looking for than you can on your own. Brad explains the broad connections that recruiters typically have, which can lead to many more open positions than you could ever know about. You can be more honest with a recruiter than you might be with a hiring manager; a recruiter will have your best interests in mind and will take the time to learn about any negative past experiences. Brad suggests trying a recruiter and seeing what they can do for you. About Our Guest: Brad Near ( is the CEO of Rainier Recruiting ( It’s a boutique agency that represents hundreds of openings across North America. Resources in This Episode: Got some lofty professional goals? Let Brad and his team help you reach them. Find out more at (

  • Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (and How to Do It), with Amy Santee

    27/09/2023 Duração: 24min

    In the world of job seekers, strategy might seem like the last thing you need. After all, you’ll do just about anything to get your next job, right? But a dialed-in strategy is exactly what you need, says Find Your Dream Job guest Amy Santee. Without it, you’re flailing, not knowing what you want or where to find it. Your job search strategy starts with getting clarity on your priorities, financial needs, geographic preferences, and your long-term goals. Once you know what you’re looking for, you can develop a specific strategy on how to get it. About Our Guest: Amy Santee ( a career strategist and a coach for user experience professionals. Resources in This Episode: If you need actionable steps to take your career to the next level, find out how Amy can help you by visiting her website at ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.( Top Resume has helped more than 400,000 pro

  • How to Use Stories in Your Job Search, with Elizabeth Bachman

    20/09/2023 Duração: 22min

    If you walk into an interview planning to share “just the facts,” you’ll be quickly forgotten. Stories are what grab our attention and stick in our memory. How do you share stories with a potential employer? Find Your Dream Job guest Elizabeth Bachman says it takes research and practice to share your story in a way that gets their attention but isn’t rambling on for too long. Elizabeth also talks about the need to leave behind the mindset that “nice people don’t brag” and get comfortable talking about the things you do best.  About Our Guest: Elizabeth Bachman ( is the go-to person for advanced training in speaking, presentation skills, and leadership. Elizabeth also hosts the “Speakers Who Get Results” podcast. Resources in This Episode: For more information on how to join the next cohort of Elizabeth’s “Visible and Valued Leadership Certification Program” for executive women, check out her website at (

  • 7 Ways to Revamp Your Resume Fast, with Ashley Faison

    13/09/2023 Duração: 24min

    If you need to update your resume quickly, you need to know which factors make the biggest impact. How much education should you list? And how many pages should it be? Find Your Dream Job guest Ashley Faison is here to answer all these questions and more. Ashley has a seven-step process for revamping your resume in a hurry, including why you should read your resume backward, which skills to highlight, and how much personal information to share. Ashley also explains why you need a customized resume for each job you’re applying to and how that gets you to the top of the pile.  About Our Guest: Ashley Faison ( is a certified resume writer, a career coach, and the founder of Resources in This Episode: To learn more about the professional development program Ashley is launching, visit her website at ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.( Top Resum

  • How to Talk About Resume Gaps After a Career Break, with Elena Giorgetti

    06/09/2023 Duração: 24min

    Have you taken time off to care for children, elderly parents, or your own mental or physical health? If you’re afraid this gap will negatively affect your job search, you needn’t worry, says Find Your Dream Job guest Elena Giorgetti. Elena explains that employers care more about what you did during the gap than the gap itself. If you present the skills you gained and the value the time away added to your career journey, you can be confident that your career gap won’t hurt your chances of scoring that dream position you’re going for! About Our Guest: Elena Giorgetti ( is a career coach who specializes in transitions, emotional intelligence, and mental health. Resources in This Episode: Want to learn to crack the hidden job market? Find out more at ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.( Top Resume has helped more than 400,000 professionals land

  • Questions You Must Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer, with Gaby Rosenada Valdes

    30/08/2023 Duração: 24min

    You’ve got the offer. You’re ready to start your new job. But before you accept, you must have all the relevant information to make an informed decision. How do you get this information? You ask the right questions, says Find Your Dream Job guest Gaby Rosenada Valdes. These questions should cover the benefits package in its entirety, the type of support you can expect to receive during your first few weeks there, and whether you will have a probationary period. A refusal to answer any of these types of questions may indicate issues you need to investigate further.  About Our Guest: Gaby Rosenada Valdes ( is the talent manager at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette ( Resources in This Episode: For more information on how Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is working in the areas of pay equity and transparency, visit

  • 10 Myths About Job Search Salary Negotiations Debunked, with Brandon Bramley

    23/08/2023 Duração: 24min

    Are you afraid to negotiate salary and benefits because you think the employer may pull the offer? Refusing to negotiate salary is the best way to limit your lifetime earnings, says Find Your Dream Job guest Brandon Bramley. Brandon says employers expect you to negotiate, and some may actually see it as a weakness if you don’t. Negotiation doesn’t have to be stressful; keep the tone friendly and kind, and you will find most employers to be more than willing to have the conversation.  About Our Guest: Brandon Bramley ( is the founder of The Salary Negotiator ( Resources in This Episode: To schedule your FREE consultation with a salary negotiation expert, head over to ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.( Top Resume has helped more than 400,000 professionals land more interviews and get hired faster. Get a fre

  • With Job Applications, Quality is Always Better than Quantity, with Banji Alo

    16/08/2023 Duração: 24min

    If you’re sending out hundreds of applications a week, you need to stop immediately. Quantity will never achieve the results that deeply researched, targeted applications will. Find Your Dream Job guest Banji Alo says you also need to contact the hiring manager to get information on the tools required for the position, as well as what will be expected of you. Banji says sending customized resumes makes you stand out from the crowd and have a much better chance of being called for an interview.   About Our Guest: Banji Alo ( is a career coach who helps professionals who work in data analytics. Banji is also the author of Before Graduation Day ( and the founder of the Career Digest Weekly Newsletter ( Resources in This Episode: Banji has a FREE data careers kit for Find Your Dream Job listeners. Get yours by going to ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to

  • Know Your Values Before You Start Your Job Search, with Ursala Garbrecht

    09/08/2023 Duração: 25min

    When job hunting, it’s easy to think more about your skillset and qualifications than whether or not the job suits your needs. Find Your Dream Job guest Ursala Garbrecht is here to share why you need to consider what you find fulfilling and enjoy doing at work before applying. Ursula says gaining clarity on the type of career you want can help you narrow down which jobs to apply to. It’s hard to be productive if your needs aren’t getting met, so take the time to drill down into your values, wants, and needs, and you’ll be happier in whatever position you take.  About Our Guest: Ursala Garbrecht ( is the founder of Resume Horse ( Resources in This Episode: Want to get serious about your job-hunting game? Level up your resume, interview skills, and LinkedIn profile with Ursala’s help. Learn more by visiting her website at ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.(http://macs

  • How to Overcome Ageism in Your Job Search, with Alex Motta

    02/08/2023 Duração: 22min

    We like to think that ageism isn't a thing in our job market, but that’s not true. Age is very much still a part of what employers consider when hiring. How do you continue to move forward in your career, or switch fields, if you’re an older worker? It all starts with self-confidence, says Find Your Dream Job guest Alex Motta. Alex also stresses the importance of keeping up to date on technology. Your experience and skills are needed, but you have to market yourself in a way that shows the value you bring and what you have to offer.  About Our Guest: Alex Motta ( an employment strategist and a certified resume writer who specializes in Linkedin profile optimization. Alex is also a Linkedin Top Voice for 2023 in Latin America ( Resources in This Episode: If you’re ready to level up your LinkedIn profile or r

  • Think About More than Money When Negotiating a Job Offer, with Elizabeth Robillard

    26/07/2023 Duração: 23min

    Many people think that salary is the only thing you need to negotiate in the midst of a job offer. But salary alone isn’t a guarantee of success in your career. If you’re a woman or a BIPOC, you need to understand the company’s promotion path, says Find Your Dream Job guest Elizabeth Robillard. Elizabeth suggests creating a list of your must-haves before going into negotiations so that your career scales at a pace that guarantees your future success. And remember, if they say no to one of your requests, that’s the beginning of negotiating, not the end.  About Our Guest: Elizabeth Robillard ( is the founder of Negotiating at Work ( Resources in This Episode: Are you unsure how to negotiate your best opportunity and benefits with a new employer? Let Elizabeth help you by visiting her website at From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.(

  • How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview When Changing Careers, with Mpume Ncube-Daka

    19/07/2023 Duração: 23min

    Changing career fields can be tricky; you have to convince a hiring manager that your previous skills can be transferred to their company. How do you do that? You start by getting clear on what those skills are, says Find Your Dream Job guest Mpume Ncube-Daka, and sharing specific examples of how they translate to the new field. Mpume recommends using self-assessments to clarify your strengths and weaknesses. And lastly, be prepared to ask the questions that inform you if the employer can match your values and must-haves.  About Our Guest: Mpume Ncube-Daka ( is a coach, a podcast host, and the founder and CEO of About Change Conversations ( Resources in This Episode: Mpume’s company offers group and individual coaching and assessments. Find out more by visiting ( From our Sponsor: Find Your Dream Job is brought to you by TopResume.(http://macs

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