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  • 1. Getting a Campaign Job July 25th, 2007 Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Listen live on: Questions? [email_address] AIM: DFA Night School
  • 2. Welcome to DFA Night School!
    • Streaming live at:
    • Now Available on ITunes
    • Click here to subscribe:
    2 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com Questions? Email: [email_address] AIM Instant Message: DFA Night School DFA Chair Jim Dean
  • 3. Tonight’s Trainers Matt Blizek Night School Host Democracy for America Amy Pritchard President Democratic GAIN www.democraticgain.com 3 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 4. Your Search Plan
    • Understand ‘Campaign Culture’
    • What do you need? What do you want?
      • Salary, Schedule, Location, Position
    • Where do you want to be in 5 years?
    • What are your skills?
    • Who can help you?
    4 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 5. Who Can Help You?
    • Who you know is as important as what you know!
    • Develop a professional network
    Networking Tip: Go on Informational Interviews Make a list of the types of jobs you’d like to have in 5 years and find people who are already there. Call and ask if you can have coffee. 5 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 6. Network, Network, Network Online Social Networks 6 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com www.facebook.com www.democracyforamerica.com my.barackobama.com www.linkedin.com www.democraticgain.com www.democrats.org/partybuilder www.myspace.com
  • 7.
    • 90% of life is showing up!
    Network, Network, Network Offline and in Person Your local DFA Chapter www.democracyforamerica.com/community 7 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com College Democrats www.collegedems.com/ Drinking/Living Liberally www.livingliberally.org Women’s Information Network www.winonline.org Young Democrats www.yda.org/ Local Democratic Party & Clubs www.democrats.org/local
  • 8. Network, Network, Network Local Campaigns & Organizations
    • Every Campaign & Political Organization needs volunteers
    • Find a campaign near you: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/campaigns
    • Make Yourself Indispensable
    8 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 9.
    • Keep it Simple and easy to read
    • Keep it to one page
    • List job titles and employers together
    • Include trainings attended
    • List skills, languages
    • Include references
    Your Resume 9 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 10. Questions?
    • Email: nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
    • Instant Message:
    • DFA Night School
    10 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 11. Types of Campaign Jobs
    • Field Staff/Voter Contact
    • Fundraising, Development, Finance
    • Campaign Managers/Directors
    • Communications & Press
    • Advance/Scheduling/Event Management
    • Technology & Online Organizing
    • Data/Voter File Director
    • Issue or Constituency Outreach
    • Legal Compliance
    11 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 12. Non-Profits & Advocacy Organizations Candidate Campaigns 12 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 13. Presidential & Coordinated Campaigns Party Committees 13 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 14. Unions Consultants 14 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 15. Look Before You Leap
    • 5 Things to Research before taking a job
    • Type of Election or Campaign
    • Type of District
    • The Candidate or Organization
    • Political Environment
    • Campaign Team
    15 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 16. Political Job Resources Get Training! 16 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com www.democracyforamerica.com/training www.democraticgain.com www.emilyslist.org www.neworganizing.org www.21stcenturydems.org www.cpl.org www.emerge.org www.wellstone.org
  • 17. Political Job Resources Online Job Boards 17 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
    • Obama for America:
    • Obama for America: www.resume.barackobama.com
    • Democratic Party Committees:
    • DCCC: http://dccc.org/pages/jobs/
    • DSCC: http://www.dscc.org/content?content_item_KEY=1440
    • DGA: www.democraticgovernors.org/about/388/career-and-training-opportunities
    • Political News Sites:
    • The Hill: www.thehill.com/employment/
    • Roll Call: www.rcjobs.com/
    • Politico: www.politico.com/politicojobs/
  • 18. Political Job Resources Online Job Boards 18 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
    •   Non-Profit:
    • Idealist: www.idealist.org
    • Work for Progress - www.workforprogress.com /
    • Non Profit Resource Center: www.nonprofitcareer.com/
    • National Organizers Alliance: www.noacentral.org/
    • Unions
    • Union Jobs: www.unionjobs.com/
    • Other:
    • EMILY’s List: www.emilyslist.org/programs/campaign_jobs /
    • Feminist.org: www.feminist.org/911/jobs/911jobs.asp
    • Jobs That are Left: www.jobsthatareleft.com
  • 19. Questions?
    • Email:
    • [email_address]
    • Instant Message:
    • DFA Night School
    19 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 20. Coming soon from Democratic GAIN! Contact: Amy Pritchard, President Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: [email_address] Web: www.Democraticgain.org www.MissionControlllc.com http://beta.democraticgain.com Brand new website! Contact: Nikki Enfield, Executive Director Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: [email_address] 20 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com Democratic GAIN/Netroots Nation Career Fair Thursday, July 17 2:00-7:00pm Austin, TX
  • 21. Homework
    • Attend a local Democratic Party, DFA, Drinking Liberally meeting or volunteer on a local race – Build your networks!
    • Update your resume
    • Go to www.democraticgain.com and post your resume online
    21 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 22. Join us again next month...
    • Next Month on Night School
    • The Political Mind in 2008 w/ George Lakoff
    • July 17 th 4:30pm ET
    • Live from Netroots Nation in Austin!
    • RSVP Today:
    • www.democracyforamerica.com/lakoff
    July 12-13 Miami, FL July 20 th Austin, TX - Netroots Nation July 26-27 Milwaukee, WI www.democracyforamerica.com/training 22 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com
  • 23. Thank you for joining us! Need to catch up on earlier Night School presentations? Order previous semesters on DVD: Join the DFA Trust www.democracyforamerica.com/trust https:// democracyforamerica.com/contribute/nightschool 23 Questions? nightschool@democracyforamerica.com