For those of you missed it, check out this Monday's New York Times' article "Without a job, but Working the Campaign Trail.
" Those who work in politics and specifically on campaigns are probably used to the annual (or sometimes more frequent) job search at the end of a campaign. Searching after a loss, especially an unexpected one, can be particularly difficult. I know many of us have volunteered for campaigns or causes while searching for the next job. It turns out, that practice isn't limited to those who do what we do for a living:
"But this year, a different crowd is landing on their (campaign) doorsteps: bankers, lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers and other highly credentialed professionals, all of whom have been laid off. They are flooding the offices of even the most obscure campaigns, looking for purpose and fighting off the despondency and isolation that come with being unemployed."
New York City Council races are seeing an influx of volunteers looking for an opportunity to contribute. Individuals in many industries all over the country have also lost their jobs and are looking for opportunities.
Campaigns and non-profits are places when skilled labor is often needed and more importantly are places where people often find their new calling. So if you're looking for the next career or just looking to be valuable while figuring out the next job - volunteering for a cause, any cause that you believe in, is a great place to start.