Resume, Job Search &
  Networking Tips
Basic Resume Content:

•   Contact information (Name, phone, professional email address (not “hotlips99@hotmail.com)
•   P...
Sample Resume:
Sample
Resume for a
VERY experienced
professional:
   Page One
Page Two
Resume
           Do’s           & Don’ts:
• Keep it to one page with less   • Make it too long
  than 10 years work      ...
Resume
       Do’s           & Don’ts:
• List all relevant work   • Add jobs that aren’t
  experiences                rele...
Resume
          Do’s          & Don’ts:
• List Skills (advanced      • List skills you don’t
  computer, language,       ...
Naming Your Resume
• Most resumes are emailed            Good Examples:
  around to employers and most    Tanner, Seth res...
Cover Letters
• Only include if you are specifically asked for one
• Tailor it to the specific position/organization
• Sho...
Writing Samples
• Only include if you are specifically asked for one
• Use relevant samples, not college term papers
  •IE...
Interview Tips
• Remember this isn’t about YOU and what you want, it’s about how you can
make their life better by hiring ...
The                           Search Plan
Be honest about what do you need?     Needs:
• Money                            ...
Who Can Help You?
• Who you know is as important as what you know!
• Make a list of former bosses, colleagues and
  acquai...
Networking 101
• Networking is a fancy word for “meeting people” – don’t be intimidated
•Go to where the people are and me...
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 ...
Network Online
   Social & Professional Networks:
• Use these tools to see who you know and who they might know
• Use them...
Network - Network - Network
                     College Democrats

                      Drinking Liberally

    Democrat...
Types of “political” jobs
• Campaigns                       • Consultants
• Legislature (state & federal)   • Party Commit...
Types of
 organizations
   that hire
political talent:
Party Committees
Candidate Campaigns
Don’t forget other Campaigns:
•   School Board
•   Municipal
•   Judicial
•   County Legislative
•   State House and Senat...
Non-Profits, 527’s
Advocacy Orgs. C(4) and some C(3)
For-Profits Orgs &
Political Consultants
Unions
Political Jobseeker
    Resources:
Training Organizations:
• Organizations include 21st
  Century Democrats, Center
  for Progressive Leadership,
  Democrati...
Our website:
www.Democraticgain.org
Other Job Board Resources:
Democratic Party                 Political News Sites:
  Committees:                    • The H...
Contact:   Amy Pritchard
Phone:     (202) 863-4246 (GAIN)
Email:     amy@apcampaigns.com
Web:       www.DemocraticGain.org...
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  1. 1. Resume, Job Search & Networking Tips
  2. 2. Basic Resume Content: • Contact information (Name, phone, professional email address (not “hotlips99@hotmail.com) • 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. 3. Sample Resume:
  4. 4. Sample Resume for a VERY experienced professional: Page One
  5. 5. Page Two
  6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 info@org.com
  17. 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. 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. 19. Types of “political” jobs • Campaigns • Consultants • Legislature (state & federal) • Party Committees • Administration • Non-profits • Unions • PACs & 527s • Advocacy Groups • Lobbying Firms
  20. 20. Types of organizations that hire political talent:
  21. 21. Party Committees
  22. 22. Candidate Campaigns
  23. 23. Don’t forget other Campaigns: • School Board • Municipal • Judicial • County Legislative • State House and Senate • Ballot Initiatives and Referenda
  24. 24. Non-Profits, 527’s Advocacy Orgs. C(4) and some C(3)
  25. 25. For-Profits Orgs & Political Consultants
  26. 26. Unions
  27. 27. Political Jobseeker Resources:
  28. 28. Training Organizations: • Organizations include 21st Century Democrats, Center for Progressive Leadership, Democratic GAIN, EMILY’s List, HRC, DFA, NOI and Wellstone Action.
  29. 29. Our website: www.Democraticgain.org
  30. 30. Other Job Board Resources: Democratic Party Political News Sites: Committees: • The Hill: www.thehill.com/employment • DCCC: • Roll Call: www.dccc.org/pages/jobs/ www.rcjobs.com/ • DSCC: • Politico: www.dscc.org/content?conten dyn.politico.com/politicojobs/ t_item_KEY=1440 • DLCC Non-Profit: www.dlcc.org/about/careers • Idealist: Other: www.idealist.org • EMILY’s List: Unions www.emilyslist.org/training/ • Union Jobs: www.unionjobs.org
  31. 31. Contact: Amy Pritchard Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: amy@apcampaigns.com Web: www.DemocraticGain.org www.MissionControlinc.net Contact: Nikki Enfield Phone: (202) 863-4246 (GAIN) Email: nikki@democraticgain.org
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