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Posted By GAIN STAFF, Friday, November 5, 2010
So the election is over. 

You might be saying ‘Finally!’ Or you might be saying ‘Oh crap, I’m out of a job.’ Either way there’s a good chance that if you were working on a campaign, your paychecks are going to stop coming in the next few weeks. So what now?

Well... you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. What’s that you ask? Unemployment compensation (or unemployment insurance) is a way of receiving monetary income even after losing your job. All states feature an unemployment insurance program. The amount you will receive is usually based on how much you earned while most recently employed. You will typically receive a weekly payment for half a year (26 weeks) as long as you remain eligible. 

Getting a few extra hundred bucks a week sounds pretty good right? 

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Give yourself a hand...

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, November 4, 2010
Congratulations on finishing the 2010 Midterm Elections.

We know that you’re not happy with the results... but we know you put in your all.

And we know you’re probably enjoying some much needed sleep, good food, and chill out time.

Democratic GAIN is here to help you through the coming months as we all figure out what’s next. You’ll see daily blog entries from us here at GAIN on every topic under the sun. We are here as a resource for you. And we’ve got a lot of events coming up you’ll hear more about in the coming days and weeks. For a peak at what we’ve got cooking, check out our events calendar.

So give yourself a hand... and then take a nap.

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Great Resources from The Management Center

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Thursday, September 30, 2010
The wonderful team at The Management Center just re-did their website and posted some terrific new resources for managers, including sample project plans, interview outlines, staff evaluation forms, and more!

These are tools that I use regularly -- they save me time, money and headaches.  I strongly encourage you to check them out!

Tags:  career development  skills building 

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35 Days...

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Join Democratic GAIN next Tuesday the 28th for an Election Countdown Happy Hour!

Can you believe that on the 28th, we'll have just 35 days till Election Day?!

This is one last opportunity to get together with fellow DC progressives before we all start the last month and ship out for GOTV.

Come on our for a free drink on GAIN and help support us and or projects post November 2nd.

As you know, the work that GAIN does is perhaps never more important than after the ballots are counted. We need your support to continue to offer quality programming that will help those coming off of the campaign trail post November 2nd.

Click here to register!

Questions? Email us.

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GAIN Job Board Goes FREE

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Have you heard?

The GAIN Job Board is now FREE to post on! Starting now, as long as you're registered on the GAIN site with an organizational member profile you'll be able to post jobs for free - and as many jobs as you'd like!

We put a huge value on having our job board be as accessible to organizations and job seekers as possible. And I wanted to make sure that you all knew about the change, and ask that you spread the word as much as possible!

If you have a job to post on our job board now, click here to post it!

Email us with questions: info@democraticgain.org


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Less Than 50 Days to Go!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, September 13, 2010
We're less than 50 days from Election Day and campaigns are in great need of talented field organizers.

It's not too late to get out there!

If you're interested in getting involved on a race and would like to be considered for a paid field organizer position email us your resume today so we can help place you on a campaign in need!

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Lefty's Last Training

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, August 23, 2010
Don't forget to check out Democratic GAIN's last NGP Training of the summer this Thursday!

Join NGP Software trainers as they teach you the ropes of their signature fundraising and compliance database, Campaign Office Online. If you're thinking of helping out on a campaign anytime before election day, or if you're thinking you want to get into development and fundraising in the political world, then NGP is a toolset you need to know.

Register for Thursday's training today!

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What Does Your Online Profile Say About You?

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Whether you like it or not, your online persona is also your professional persona -- are you OK with that?

You might want to de-tag that keg stand photo, take down the "I'm so bored -- is it 5:00 yet" tweet, and carefully edit your college blog posts.  Oh, and just because we're not "friends" on Facebook, doesn't mean I'm not going to see those photos and posts!  Politics is a small world and I'm friends with your friends.

Here are some tips from 6FigureJobs:

A candidate’s online reputation plays a vital role when being considered for a new job opportunity. Studies show that 80% of employers and executive recruiters will search a candidate’s online reputation before contacting them for an interview. Any active or passive job seeker should be aware of their online reputation before they hit the job market.

In July 2010, 6FigureJobs conducted a survey to its community of $100K executive and senior-level job seekers. The survey showed that 60% of candidates are already monitoring their reputation online and of those people 29% consider themselves "very involved” in managing their online reputation. The poll also showed that 28% do not manage their online reputation because they do not know how or believe it to be of no use, feeling they can not control what the Web publishes.

For the 12% who say they do not know what an online reputation is…start with these 3 basic steps.

1. Search – Run a search for your name in all the major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!). Review the results in detail. You may find many positive results or you may be surprised at some of the negative, "digital dirt” that it associated with your name. Know what’s out there because this is your online reputation and it is how people will perceive you.

2. Monitor – You can create email alerts for your name through the search engines. Google Alerts does a good job of this. They will send you an email with the latest information posted to the Internet that is associated with your name. This will help you monitor any new content that gets published on the Web that is associated with your name.

3. Take Action – Build on the positive information through professional online profiles, personal websites, publications and discussion boards. Negative results can be difficult to combat so if you find a significant amount of negative results, contact a professional service such as Climber or Reputation Defender.

In conclusion, it is important to stay on top of your online reputation. Your candidacy for a new career role is an online and offline process so keep in mind that you may be judged before you even step into an interview.

Tags:  advice  career advice  employers  get a job  job advice  job search 

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Interns: Take it to the Next Level!

Posted By Scott Betts, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, August 17, 2010
If you're a summer intern in DC, like I am, you're probably starting to wonder what you're going to do with your life once your time here is over. For many of you, the idea of a career in politics is tempting, but it's not like you'll wake up one day to discover you've got a paying job.

That doesn't mean that finding a job needs to be a difficult process. There are tips and tricks that DC professionals know well, including specific tactics to leverage your internship experience during the job hunt. For instance, did you know that for most interns, it's not a matter of simply updating your resume to include your most recent internship; in all likelihood, you're going to need to change entire sections of your resume!

GAIN is holding a special Intern to Career Workshop this Friday, from 4 PM to 5:30 PM, both in our DC office and via webinar. Because we understand that many interns have not had exposure to Democratic GAIN before (and because we know a lot of you are working for free!), we're offering this event at the discounted, members-only price of $5 for everyone.

If you aren't an intern, but you work in an office that has interns, make sure to pass this along to them! This is a valuable opportunity designed just for interns that will give them the edge they need.

Join GAIN, along with Courtney Sieloff (founder of the JobsThatAreLeft listserv) and other political professionals, this Friday and kickstart your political career! Click here to register for this event!

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An Evening with Majority Leader Hoyer and President Hoffa

Posted By Scott Betts, GAIN Intern, Thursday, July 15, 2010
It's our biggest, star-studded fundraising event of the year! Come join us this upcoming Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters building as we welcome Congressional Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and General President James P. Hoffa! Enjoy drinks with some of the most active faces in progressive politics, while supporting Democratic GAIN's efforts to strengthen the field of Democratic political operatives.

An open bar and buffet will be provided. Individual sponsorship tickets are available for $100, and supporter sponsorship tickets may be purchased for $250. Click here to RSVP for this event! We'd love to see you there!

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