A Tough Job Market — Even for Obama Campaign Staffers
The Washington Post ran an article recently on the tough time many former staffers on President Obama’s campaign are having finding a job in the administration. If you’ve ever tried to navigate the vagaries of the political hiring process, the experiences of those profiled may bring back some memories. And if you’re thinking of trying to land a political job at some point down the road, the piece may give a taste of what lies in store.
If you’re looking for a job yourself, take note of some of the networking practices employed by those profiled. Networking tends to be a nebulous concept, especially in DC, but it can be tremendously important. Not everyone has the resources — or chutzpah — to throw a dinner party for potential bosses at Old Ebbit Grill, but everyone can do a little something to improve their network each day.
Networking is really just a fancy way of saying “getting together with people.” If you’d like to work on your “networking” skills, don’t worry about developing icebreakers or approaching people out of the blue. Instead, concentrate on strengthening your existing friendships and relationships. That is likely the surest way to land the job you have your eyes on.