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Evan Mazur, Other/Just Looking in Portland, OR

I want to move to Portland - what are good resources for finding a job?

Asked by Evan Mazur, Portland, OR Sun Oct 5, 2008

I intend to move to Portland in Oct. or early Nov. and need to find a job. Although I'd like to work in the computer/technology sector, any job will do, including tempo jobs, though I prefer to work within Portland and would like something where I can advance my position through good work. But I won't be picky about the first job I land as I'll be moving over there and staying in a temporary place while job hunting and would want to start as soon as possible. And if you know good places for temporary housing, I'd like to hear about them, currently I'm looking to sublet a place via Craigslist.
And if it matters, I'm a 29 y/o male, temporarily in Alabama, who has lived overseas.

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Some great answers here. You also might want to put your resume or contact out on There are all kids of groups on there. Intel has a group, ask to join. Network on Facebook, search for large employer sites on FB,, etc. and start now. Also keep in mind that there is going to be commutes to employment and you might want to start looking for areas that are close(r) to employment opportunities. Get familiar with the way Portland Metro is set up, the areas, locations, employers. Acclimating isn't too hard, I did it in 1990 when I relocated from So. California. Portland seems like a large metropolis, but once you get used to the lay of the land it's rather quaint compared to some of the larger west coast metro areas.
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Hey Evan - There is a large high tech and other industry here. One great company that has good 'temp' and 'temp to hire' positions is Aerotek - and a wonderful recruiter is Molly Torbet:

Intel, Techtronics, Semantic, Adaptec, Nike, etc - I can also help you with ideas about temporary housing - just let me know and good luck!

PS - Welcome to Portland hopefully - I love this city and there is a lot to do outdoors, markets, great coffee, and beer!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 3, 2012 is a job board, used by employers and agencies throughout Portland. All companies can post jobs and search resumes on this site. ... is a job search engine. It is not a list of message boards, or a place where you can actually submit your resume. From the site FAQ page: "Indeed searches jobs listed on job boards, newspaper sites and niche sites. Indeed dynamically monitors job listings on these websites on a continuous basis, so in one simple search you can find the very latest jobs listed on every site."

CareerBuilder- One of the Largest Job Search Engines
CareerBuilder offers job searchers the ability to find a job, post a resume, create job alerts, get job advice and job resources, look up job fairs, and much more. Job Search Engine is a job search engine dedicated to only finding technology jobs.
Dice also offers those job searchers with a security clearance the ability to search on, "premier Internet job board focused exclusively on candidates with active or current security clearances."

FedWorld-Find a Federal Government Job
Think of FedWorld as your gateway into the huge world of US government jobs. You can do a detailed federal job search here, and FedWorld also offers the serious federal job searcher the opportunity to search FirstGov, search and view Supreme Court decisions, and view GS pay rate schedules.

There are more but these and other suggestions will be keeping you plenty busy!!

I'd love to keep in touch and help you when you're ready to find a home to purchase after you're all settled and established. Good luck in your job hunt!

June LIzotte, Broker
Providing REAL Service
Prudential NW Properties
6400 SE Lake Rd., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97222
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 8, 2008

Try Temp. agencies as well. There are a handful here in Portland that can get you a position quickly if you are looking for some income while you get settled.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 7, 2008

I agree with the other agents here about resources for job searching and rental opportunities. I wanted to add that when you do think you've found a good place to rent, go to and enter the address and required details for the place you're considering. It will give you an good idea as to whether what your desired place is asking for rent is comparable to the area. I use this resource ALL the time and have found it to be immensely helpful.

You will find it gives you leverage in negotiating a fair rent if you are more savvy regarding comparable rents in the area, and if the landlord is way off, you'll know to keep looking.

Good luck with your job and temporary housing search! If you need any more information, let me know!

Mellisa Reeves
Real Estate Broker
Oregon Realty Co.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 17, 2008
Hi Evan,
Welcome to Portland! Are you familiar with the Portland area? Have you visited here previously?
I work with a lot of people who are relocating to Portland, and would be happy to email you my "links" list of information about this area if you are interested.
Here are a few more ideas for your job search:

I agree that is the best place to look for housing.
Best of luck with your move.
Take care,
Martha Tucker, e-Pro, GRI
John L. Scott Real Esate
(503) 705-7764
licensed Realtor in Oregon
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 11, 2008
Hi Evan, another idea is and look under jobs. Portland has a great high tech base for the kind of job you want. Also a good site to look for things close to where you might rent is it gives the area you are looking at a score for what is close. Good luck,
Tom Inglesby, Broker
RE/MAX Equity Group Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 5, 2008
Hi Evan,
don't blame you one Portland is a "hell of a town"!! It's a great "big, little city" with so much to offer. There are several web sites for job location: or come to mind right away. You might visit some obvious sites such as the Intel site for tech positions, as well as the Oregonian newspaper "want ads".
When it's time to re-rent my investment properties, I post first on Craig's List, so I believe that to be one of the best resources. But, please feel free to visit my site at and go to the left nav bar for "My Resources" and there are a list of property managers there that could help with your rental housing search.
Good luck and welcome to the west coast (I grew up in Tennessee, have lived in Oregon since 1973)...
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
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We recommend checking out the on line access for news papers for the area. This may provide some insight as far as what's available and create some contacts for you.

Good luck
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