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So you want to work in communications...

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Monday, October 31, 2011

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 teams.

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 communications staffer."

If you think about successful progressive candidates and organizations, they all have messages that are concise, compelling, and relatable.

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 represented.

Whether you’re just starting out or are just looking to change jobs, there will be plenty for communications professionals at GAIN’s career fair.

Sign up today for GAIN’s 2011 Career Fair!

Tags:  Career Fair  Communications  Jobs  Messaging 

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