Top 10 Tips for Getting a Job in the Liberty Movement
Advice for New Job Seekers
1. Check Your Ego at the Door
If there is one thing I’ve seen ruin young careers, it’s hefty egos. I know you’re all smart, but have you seen the line-up at AEI? So, embrace humility! You might just learn something.
2. Use Your Network
Utilize your friends in the free-market movement. Tell them you’re looking for a job. Ask for their help. And thank them profusely when they come through for you. Use Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter.
3. Remove the Skeletons from Your Closet
You know those “cool” photos of you on Facebook? The ones taken just after the keg stand? Lose those. Potential employers are watching.
4. Consider a Program Focused on Developing Talent
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5. Be Willing to Work for Free
Especially in this market, getting your foot in the door is key. Take an unpaid internship and get noticed.
6. If You’re Under 30, Keep Your Résumé to One Page
Unless you have a PhD and have already published 50 white papers, keep it to one page.
7. Decide What You Want to Do
No one can decide this for you. Do some soul-searching now and you will maximize the assistance your friends and associates can give you.
8. Be Realistic About Job Expectations
You aren’t quite ready for Roger Pilon’s job, so be thinking about a research assistant job and the equivalent.
9. Don’t Job Jump
Organizations are becoming increasingly wary of generation Yers who hop from job to job with the frequency of a cheap ham radio. Show some commitment and fortitude and stick around for a while. The grass is not always greener.
10. Go the Extra Mile
Work your tail off. Dress the part. Get your work done early and ask what else you can do to help. Anticipate your boss’s needs. Stand out. People will notice.
Claire Kittle is Executive Director of Talent Market. Talent Market’s mission is to promote liberty by providing talent for critical roles within the free-market nonprofit sector. They provide free consulting and recruiting services to conservative and libertarian think tanks, policy organizations, and research centers dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise. You can contact her at email@example.com.