The Future of Oregon’s Workforce

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Experts predict that the future workforce is going to be a completely different landscape. And while the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that unemployment will continue fall in the next year, they also forecast over 20 million new jobs created by the year 2020. It seems that there will simply be more jobs available than people are qualified for!

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Why Craftsmen Build a Better Plate of Nachos

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We know you take pride in anything you make, which is great news for your taste buds! Most craftsmen have a huge advantage in making a more delicious plate of nachos, because even the best cook probably doesn’t have your building skills. Here’s how to use that advantage to construct the most epic nachos ever:

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Breaking Down A Job Interview Thank You Note

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While most hiring managers probably won’t care if you hand write a thank you note, they do want to know that you are the type of employee that will follow-up and complete a job properly. That’s why we do encourage a brief thank you note, emailed within 24 hours after any job interview. Here’s the general formula we would recommend:

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The 5 Tools You Gotta Get in Shape for Summer

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Craftsmen usually take really great care of their work tools, but we’re not always known for keeping our own personal home tools in tip top shape. Summer’s in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, so now’s the time to give a little TLC to the main 5 tools that you’re most likely using during the warm months into the fall:

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The Best Sand in the Pacific Northwest

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If you use sandpaper on the job, you probably know that it’s name is pretty deceptive. That’s because it’s made with neither sand nor paper! The ‘sand’ grit used for the abrasive is typically fine grain of aluminum oxide or garnet, and it’s applied to a backing ‘paper’ that’s usually some sort of thin cloth, such as rayon, cotton, or polyester. The mineral dust might look sand, but it’s much sharper than ocean sand, and thus why sandpaper is technically considered to be a cutting tool. If you’re looking for some real sand, we think the best place to find it is riding atop an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) on the beach. Oregon and Washington have some great dunes, with several recreational areas to ride and explore. Here are some of our favorites:

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The Modern Craftsman

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The quintessential craftsman has an appreciation for excellence and precision in his work. And in this hurried internet age, the pursuit of mastering and honing a craft has become a rare endeavor. Because of that, we at Madden have noticed a growing demand for the men and women who never stop striving to get better and better at their work. Here are some of the characteristics that make you a more coveted craftsman today:

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Protect Your Hands With The Right Gloves

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In our work, it’s important to protect our hands. And although there isn’t a pair of gloves that will keep you from every possible injury, you can certainly reduce your risks with the proper choice. The key to pick the gloves based what injury you are shielding your hands from, due to the environment and task you’re involved with. Here’s a quick guide to selecting the right pair of gloves, with the specific conditions in mind:

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How To Manage Friends Working For You

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Congratulations! You just got a promotion, or maybe you started your own business. And all of a sudden, you find yourself in charge of supervising close friends and peers. It’s a tricky position to be in, and you’ll likely need to navigate it carefully. The good news is that managing friends is one of the best ways to develop your leadership skills, because you can’t fool ‘em – they know you best! Here are some tips for getting through the transition:

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How To Give Yourself a Classic Shave Like Grandpa Did

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Did you ever have the chance to watch your grandfather give himself a shave? It seemed like a ceremonious event back then – they really knew how to make it into an art. Thankfully, some of the traditional methods of shaving are making a comeback. And if you want to look and feel particularly splendid for your next interview or meeting, a proper shave just might be the trick.

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How to Give Yourself More Options

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Here at Madden, we notice that when craftsmen are really out hustling on a job search, there can be a lot of options that suddenly open at once. This is actually a great scenario, because when you have more options, you have more opportunities to pick from. If you only have one option, then you might commit to something that isn’t ideal. This is more likely to occur when you focus on the methodical steps in a plan to get somewhere, rather than focusing on giving yourself more options in pursuit of their goal. As you’re in search of your new job, here are some ways that you can give yourself more options, and position yourself to have your pick from more than one opportunity:

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