In politics, your message can be everything. If you can’t
communicate with your voters, activists, or constituents, you’re not going to
be able to achieve your goals.
At the Democratic GAIN career fair, there will be many
organizations looking for qualified candidates to join their communications
There are no shortage of firms and organizations in Washington who need
communication professionals. Party organizations, labor unions, consulting
firms, non-profits, and advocacy organizations all need professional
communications teams to help them achieve their goals.
Democratic GAIN board member Mary Rickles is the
Communications Director of Netroots Nation. She had this to say about what it
takes to succeed in the political communication game:
"Effective communication is the foundation for all
successful organizing—whether you’re running for office, raising money for an
organization or collecting petition signatures for your favorite cause. Being
able to craft a concise, compelling story (ever heard someone talk about the
"story of self?”) and make it relatable to the people you’re trying to reach is
the first step. Combine good storytelling with strong social media savvy and
the ability to work with the media and you’re on your way to being a rock star
If you think about successful progressive candidates and
organizations, they all have messages that are concise, compelling, and
If you’re looking to break into political communication,
start thinking about where on your resume you can you highlight communications
skills. Have you ever had to take a complex idea and explain it other people in
a way that was easy to understand? Have you ever been in a position that
required you to write a lot? Were deadlines ever a regular part of any past
experience you might have?
There will be plenty at the Career Fair for established
communications professionals, too. If you’re looking to make the jump from
campaigns to labor, non-profit, or consulting, those fields will be well
Whether you’re just starting out or are just looking to
change jobs, there will be plenty for communications professionals at GAIN’s
Sign up today for GAIN’s 2011 Career Fair!