The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter,

Archive for the ‘Work it Missoula’ Category

Testing, testing…Is this job on?

By CHERY SABOL - Free tests allow employers to score job applicants. At Missoula Job Service, we help employers find workers. And we can Prove It!... more

Missoula Job Service Hosts Mini Job Fairs

Missoula Job Service will host three mini job fairs in the office next week. Local employers are looking for food-service employees, caregivers, cashiers, and warehouse workers.... more

Rage Quit? Throw a Fit? You Might Regret it.

By CHERY SABOL - A RESOUNDING RESIGNATION, afire with sturm und drang, can be momentarily satisfying, but damaging for years to come. ... more

Prepare for the Fair: Workshops Available for the April 21 Career Fair

Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair happens only once a year. With close to 100 employers looking for workers, it’s worth it to prepare now for the April 21 event.... more

Fire and Ice–Wildland Firefighting Recruitment Begins Mid-Winter

By CHERY SABOL - If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to explore work as a wildland firefighter this summer, hopefully another resolution was to not procrastinate.... more

Ladies (and gentlemen) — Apply Yourselves!

By CHERY SABOL - A recent study found that women applied for jobs only if they met every single requirement on the job description. Men applied if they met just 60 percent of the requirements.... more

What to do About Workplace Washout?

By CHERY SABOL - Most everyone has encountered an underachiever. These are the bounced checks of the work force. The Missoula Job service offers three ways to avoid them.... more

Before There’s Smoke, There’s Fire (Fighters)

By CHERY SABOL - Training for forest firefighting jobs begins months before the first whiff of smoke in mid-summer and is over long before ash starts to fall--so plan NOW!... more

Keep Working After the Lottery

By CHERY SABOL - According to a Gallup survey of U.S. workers, two thirds of those surveyed would continue to show for work even if they won the lottery. Would you?... more

Looking for the Purple Squirrel? Training Might be Easier

By CHERY SABOL - The weak job market has many companies feeling that they can demand a top-notch candidate who is willing to take a temporary job for relatively low pay-- a purple squirrel.... more

Underdressed or Under Duress? Keep Your Halloween Costume Safe for Work

By CHERY SABOL - Can you imagine how scary Halloween is for human resource directors? It's all fun and games until someone shows up in an X-rated biblical costume or some such thing.... more

The Devil is in the Detales

By CHERY SABOL - Hopefully, the misspelling in the headline above relieves me of further gaffes and we can move on to talk about the power of proofreading. In fact, let's test your proofing prowess. ... more

Thank You For Noticing Me

By CHERY SABOL - No matter how technologically advanced we become in matching workers to jobs, when it comes to a job search, a couple of human touches endure.... more

Does This Desk Make Me Look Fat?

By CHERY SABOL - A study by CareerBuilder revealed that almost half of the people surveyed have gained weight at work and 30 percent who have gained weight gained more than 20 pounds.... more

The Kids Are Not Alright

By CHERY SABOL - While older workers may emerge battle-weary from the recession, will the youngest members of the work force come out permanently scarred?... more

Volunteering for Fun and Employment

By CHERY SABOL - Stymied in your job search? A new study suggests a powerful way to help yourself find a job is to help your community first. Volunteering increases your likelihood of finding work by 27%.... more

How to Avoid Fraudulent Job Scams

By CHERY SABOL - Fraudulent job scams on the Internet swindle money or personal information out of people made vulnerable by their unemployment. Here are some things to be wary of:... more

Summer Jobs for Students in Missoula

By CHERY SABOL - School's out for the summer, and the good news according to the Missoula Job Service: there are jobs available for Missoula students. ... more

3 Most Important Things for Finding a Job

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - Do you ever wonder what employers are looking for? In my experience at the Missoula Job Service, here are the 3 most important things for finding a job.... more

Local Jobs: What are Employers Looking For?

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - As a local job seeker, do you ever wonder what employers are looking for? Here are some of the most important traits that employers are looking for in potential employees:... more

More than 60 Employers Slated for Western Montana Career Fair on April 25

By CHERYL SABOL - Western Montana's largest Career Fair will be held on Thursday April 25th at the Hilton Garden Inn.'s not too late to sign up. ... more

Things To Do When You Are Bored at Work That Might Help Your Career

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - Do you ever feel that you have nothing to do at work? Here is a list of things to do that just might help you overcome your boredom and help further your career:... more

4 Tips For Getting a Job With A Missoula Non-Profit Agency

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - Finding the right job in the non-profit sector, is fine, but what about those who want to serve their community? Here are some tips for those of you seeking work at a non-profit:... more

Volunteering and Hands On learning Opportunities Abound in Missoula

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - Are you looking for ways to break into your dream career? Perhaps you should consider volunteering. Missoula offers a wide variety of hands on learning opportunities.... more

5 tips For Finding Meaning and Happiness at Work

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - While employment doesn’t necessarily mean fulfillment every minute, here are 5 tips that might help you find joy and happiness in your job. ... more

How to Quit your Job Gracefully

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - When you quit your job gracefully you'll have better chances of good references and finding a new job. Here are some tips for doing it right.... more

Get Tips to Snag a Job from the Missoula Job Service

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - The Missoula Job Service is offering a free seminar about tips to snag a job on Wednesday, January 23, from 2-4 p.m.... more

Tips for Using LinkedIn to Find a Job

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - Professionals are now using social media like LinkedIn to search for jobs. Here are some ideas to help you find a job via LinkedIn.... more

Thank Your Friendly Local Santa Claus

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - This season, remember to thank the bakers, Santas, and other dedicated workers of Missoula for contributing to the holiday spirit!... more

Post-Interview Thank-You Note Do’s and Don’ts

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - A simple thank-you can mean the difference between getting a job and losing out to someone else. Here are some guidelines to help.... more

Curriculum Vitae Tips from the Missoula Job Service

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - The CV serves the same purpose as a résumé. It's a marketing document that gives employers info about your skills, education, and experience.... more

You’re Young and Unemployed: Some Tips for Finding a Good Job

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - With the number of older employed people rising, young people are having a hard time finding jobs. Here are a few tips that might help.... more

You’re Young and Unemployed. How Do You Get a Job and Keep It?

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - The job market is bleak for people who've graduated from college in the last decade. What can you do to get a job and stay employed?... more

Balancing Out the Montana “Mountain Tax”

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - Many Montanans talk about the “mountain tax” to describe the wage gap between here and other states. But it really does balance out.... more

The Missoula Job Service: Helping Local Businesses

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - In addition to helping Missoulians find work, the Missoula Job Service offers services to support local businesses, like Submittable.... more

The Economic Impact of Missoula’s Saturday Markets

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - In addition to creating a vibrant community, there are a number of economic benefits to supporting Missoula's farmers' markets.... more

How to Use Social Media to Help Your Job Search

By JENNIFER LODINE-CHAFFEY - While social media can be a very effective tool in your job search it can also threaten your odds of finding employment. ... more