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  • 1. Resume, Job Search & Networking Tips
  • 2. Basic Resume Content: Contact information (Name, phone, professional email address (not [email protected]) Professional Experience (paid, internships and some volunteer) Objective (not always required but can be helpful) Education (post High School only) Training and Skills References (second page or furnished upon request)
  • 3. Sample Resume:
  • 4. Sample Resume for a VERY experienced professional: Page One
  • 5. Page Two
  • 6. Resume Dos & Donts: Keep it to one page with less Make it too long than 10 years work Just list the tasks you did experience and never more in a job than 2 pages Add extraneous or Focus on accomplishments vs. irrelevant information tasks Use personal pronouns KISS (Keep it simple and short) Use action verbs to describe responsibilities & experience
  • 7. Resume Dos & Donts: List all relevant work Add jobs that arent experiences relevant Use numbers to Exaggerate numbers quantify experience Leave out job titles List job titles and Lie, exaggerate or employers together embellish Be accurate with your information
  • 8. Resume Dos & Donts: List Skills (advanced List skills you dont computer, language, have or that everyone familiarity with has (ie: MS Word) political databases) List language classes List languages in or study abroad which you are better experiences than conversational Leave off non-political Describe non-political jobs if thats your only experience in terms of experience translatable skillsets
  • 9. Naming Your Resume Most resumes are emailed Good Examples: around to employers and most Tanner, Seth resume.doc employers get lots of resumes Seth Tanner resume.pdf Resumes should be named with the your full name in it Bad Examples: My resume.doc Political resume.pdf
  • 10. Cover Letters Only include if you are specifically asked for one Tailor it to the specific position/organization Should be 3 paragraphs: 1 Introduction and how (or from whom) you heard about the job 2 Narrative of your professional experience that summarizes but does not simply repeat your resume 3 Explanation of why your experiences will make you good at this specific job
  • 11. Writing Samples Only include if you are specifically asked for one Use relevant samples, not college term papers IE: if applying for a press job, include a press release you wrote from a previous job (or make one up if youve never written one before)
  • 12. Interview Tips Remember this isnt about YOU and what you want, its about how you can make their life better by hiring you Be prepared. Research the organization before you apply for the position and refresh your memory before the interview Remember they need you, but there are dozens of yous out there why are you better than the rest and why should they stop looking and hire you? Use action verbs and numbers when discussing your experiences Never exaggerate your skills, abilities, accomplishments or job titles Be honest about any less-than-stellar experiences but do not bad mouth anyone personally Be confident in yourself, your skills and what you bring to the table
  • 13. The Search Plan Be honest about what do you need? Needs: Money Financial requirements? Schedule Schedule Location Location What do you want? Wants: Where do you want to be in 5 years? More money What are your skills? What type of job responsibilities What skills do you want to learn? are you interested in? Who can help you? Move up in your career
  • 14. Who Can Help You? Who you know is as important as what you know! Make a list of former bosses, colleagues and acquaintances. Let them know you are looking. Ask them to keep an eye out for you. Make a list of the types of jobs you may want and find people who are already there. Call and ask if you can have coffee with them (informational interviews)
  • 15. Networking 101 Networking is a fancy word for meeting people dont be intimidated Go to where the people are and meet them! Happy hours, fundraisers, luncheons, Dem hang outs (ie: Stetsons, Hawk & Dove) Follow up with everyone who is kind enough to give you their card and build that relationship Go on informational interviews both to learn things and to build new relationships Talk to everyone anyone tells you to (Hi, Im calling because X told me I should reach out to you) Dont feel bad asking people to help you build your career. Using our networks is how we all got our jobs and how we will get our next job.
  • 16. Lobby for the Job When you hear of a job you really want lobby for it! Call anyone you know who might know someone at that org and ask them to put in a good word for you. Dont just rely on your email to [email protected]
  • 17. Network Online Social & Professional Networks: Use these tools to see who you know and who they might know Use them to keep in touch with colleagues and acquaintances Dont friend people you dont actually know its annoying Dont ever put anything up you wouldnt want published in the NYT
  • 18. Network - Network - Network College Democrats Drinking Liberally Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (New York) Democracy for America Democratic GAIN Netroots Nation New Organizing Institute Womens Information Network Wellstone Action Young Democrats
  • 19. Types of political jobs Campaigns Consultants Legislature (state & federal) Party Committees Administration Non-profits Unions PACs & 527s Advocacy Groups Lobbying Firms
  • 20. Types of organizations that hire political talent:
  • 21. Party Committees
  • 22. Candidate Campaigns
  • 23. Dont forget other Campaigns: School Board Municipal Judicial County Legislative State House and Senate Ballot Initiatives and Referenda
  • 24. Non-Profits, 527s Advocacy Orgs. C(4) and some C(3)
  • 25. For-Profits Orgs & Political Consultants
  • 26. Unions
  • 27. Political Jobseeker Resources:
  • 28. Training Organizations: Organizations include 21st Century Democrats, Center for Progressive Leadership, Democratic GAIN, EMILYs List, HRC, DFA, NOI and Wellstone Action.
  • 29. Our website:
  • 30. Other Job Board Resources: Democratic Party Political News Sites: Committees: The Hill: DCCC: Roll Call: DSCC: Politico: t_item_KEY=1440 DLCC Non-Profit: Idealist: Other: EMILYs List: Unions Union Jobs:
  • 31. Contact: Amy Pritchard Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: [email protected] Web: Contact: Nikki Enfield Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: [email protected]