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  • 1. Resume, Job Search & Networking Tips
  • 2. Basic Resume Content: • Contact information (Name, phone, professional email address (not “ • 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 Do’s & Don’ts: • 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 Do’s & Don’ts: • List all relevant work • Add jobs that aren’t 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 Do’s & Don’ts: • List Skills (advanced • List skills you don’t 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 that’s 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 you’ve never written one before)
  • 12. Interview Tips • Remember this isn’t about YOU and what you want, it’s 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” – don’t be intimidated •Go to where the people are and meet them! Happy hours, fundraisers, luncheons, “Dem hang outs” (ie: Stetson’s, 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, I’m calling because X told me I should reach out to you…) • Don’t 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. • Don’t just rely on your email to
  • 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 • Don’t “friend” people you don’t actually know – it’s annoying • Don’t ever put anything up you wouldn’t 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 Women’s 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. Don’t forget other Campaigns: • School Board • Municipal • Judicial • County Legislative • State House and Senate • Ballot Initiatives and Referenda
  • 24. Non-Profits, 527’s 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, EMILY’s 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: • EMILY’s List: Unions • Union Jobs:
  • 31. Contact: Amy Pritchard Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: Web: Contact: Nikki Enfield Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: