Boly:Welch 101 – Job Search Resources in Portland and Beyond

One of the worst parts of job searching is feeling like you have little control over the process. You check a job board, send out a resume, hit ‘refresh’, and repeat. Eventually, you hope something sticks, but then you remember what Einstein said about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…

To help get you out of the job search rut, here is the Boly:Welch go-to list of resources, ideas, and places that will help refresh your career pursuit. So, get out there, start exploring and don’t wait for the perfect job to pop into your inbox.

If you’re looking in the Portland metro area, we suggest you start with:
Mac’s List – one of Boly:Welch’s favorite new partners has a fantastic job board (plus many nonprofit roles!) and great resources, including job search podcasts
Partners in Diversity – another Boly:Welch partner organization focused on bringing diversity to workplaces in the Pacific Northwest
Angel List – focused on startups
Silicon Florist – more startups, tech and local companies
PDX Pipeline – current events (including industry specific ones!) and a large job board
Craig’s List Portland – look for roles in food & bev, retail and various small to mid-size companies
Google Jobs – just type the job title you’re looking for + Portland into Google – a new and surprisingly comprehensive scrape of other boards. Or just type ‘jobs near me’ and see what you get!

If you’re looking to get out and meet people, check out:
Portland Business Alliance (PBA) – networking and professional development events for Portland’s business community
EPOP – a PBA spin-off for emerging professionals that puts on some busy meet-ups
PHRMA – a professional development and networking group for HR professionals
SEM PDX – networking events for marketing professionals
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) – networking events aimed at startups and entrepreneurs
PDX Mindshare – local networking and job board
Superwoman Project Summit – a weekend event aimed at empowering women (This year, Pat Welch is a speaker!)

If you’re feeling stuck and want some fresh ideas:
The Muse – job search advice site, although the advice can skew a little millennial
Career Contessa – national job search advice for women
Classy Career Girl – job search advice site for women in the workforce
Après – an agency focused on women returning to work
Levo League – job advice related to building your personal brand
Refinery29 Career Advice – eye-opening takes on what it means to work in the modern world
The Prepary – advice from a former recruiter

If Boly:Welch doesn’t work on the type of roles you’re looking for, connect with some other great local agencies:
Light Industrial, Manual Labor
Engineering, IT
Graphic Design, Creative
Food Service, Construction
Welding, Mechanics

If you need a resume refresh or career coaching from local sources:
Dawn Rasmussen
Job Jenny
Stacy Lane

If you want to network, but don’t think you have a network, think about connecting with your:
Alumni network (high school, college)
Fraternal organizations (fraternities, sororities)
Professional societies or groups (SHRM, ALA, Urban League, OBAC, OWLS…it’s an alphabet soup to explore. Google your industry and professional group to find ones relevant to you!)
Honors organizations (Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa –mention if you have in common with a prospective connection)
Past employers and coworkers (including internships!)
Volunteer groups (great way to connect with nonprofits, as well as do some good)
Religious or social groups (churches, book clubs – get social and think broadly!)
School organizations/PTA
LinkedIn has hundreds of groups to join for a virtual connection

These are some great places to start your search, but don’t stop here! Be curious and don’t limit yourself to doing the same thing over and over again.

We’re going to tackle networking next week – stay tuned! Missed a few of our previous Boly:Welch 101 articles? Click here to check them all out!

Contributed by: Abby Pfeiffer, Recruiting Consultant, HR