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Make Your Resume as Competitive as You Are!

Posted By Scott Betts, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Looking for that extra edge that's going to put you at the front of your top choice's list of potential hires? Need another pair of eyes to give your resume a close look before you release it into the wild? Come join GAIN for a workshop and webinar on Thursday at 4 PM where we'll go over how to build your resume, write a killer cover letter, pick the right writing sample for the job, and give you some tips on how to ace your interviews. After an informal discussion, you'll have the chance to sit down for some one-on-one time with experts to go over your resume and answer any career question you might have.

Democratic GAIN will host the event, and we'll be joined by special guest Johanna Berkson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Click here for more information and to register!

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Avoid This Pitfall When Accepting a Job Offer!

Posted By Scott Betts, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It's not an uncommon scenario: you're hunting for a job and you hear back from one of the companies you've applied to. They want you to come work for them. Perhaps with a bit of hesitation, you accept their offer despite the fact that they aren't your first choice. After all, in this job market, a second-choice job is better than no job at all.

But then the universe throws a wrench into your plans when your first choice company gives you a call - they'd like you to come in for a second interview. Now you're faced with a dilemma: do you forego the second interview and stick with the guaranteed job you've already accepted, or do you take them up on the interview offer and ditch the company you just recently agreed to work for, banking on being offered the better position?

It's not an ideal situation, and the Boston Globe has some great advice on what you should consider when you find yourself faced with a similar choice. Click here to read the full column!

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Blue State Digital Tool Training

Posted By Scott Betts, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, June 23, 2010
You experienced the remarkable effectiveness of their digital tools during the Obama campaign - now come see what Blue State Digital's Online tools can do for your organization!

Blue State Digital was the masterminds behind the groundbreaking website and its $13 million fundraising total, and this Thursday, June 24th, Democratic GAIN will be holding a training event for their online tools. Learn how to leverage this technology to expand your fundraising, grow your grassroots organizing, and deliver an online experience to your constituents and volunteers that will generate the word-of-mouth you're looking for.

Blue State Staffer Dave Leichtman, will be on hand to walk you through the tool set and explain its potential for your organization.This event is hosted in DC, and can be accessed via webinar. Click here for more information and to register!

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Women Opening Doors For Women

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Wednesday, June 9, 2010
For all you women out there in DC, if you haven't heard, WIN's Women Opening Doors for Women event is just around the corner, and it's a great opportunity for you to meet more great women in DC and network with some fabulous speakers!

The Women Opening Doors for Women (WODW) event is the Women’s Information Network’s (WIN) landmark annual event. Since 1989, it has brought women of all backgrounds together to learn from each others’ experiences, exchange valuable information and advice, and help each other along the road to success. Washingtonian Magazine calls WODW "one of Washington's best networking events."  WODW 2010 is next Thursday, June 17.  

This year’s theme is "Take Your Seat at the Table.” The evening will begin with a reception at the AFL-CIO from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm.  Keynote speaker this year is Stephanie Schriock, President of Emily's List. Immediately following the reception, guests will take their seat at the table of one of 30+ engaging, thought-provoking, and fun dinner discussions in private homes and offices around the city.

Tickets are $40 for WIN members, $45 for non-WIN members and $70 for a ticket and year-long WIN membership.

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

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Take a Ride with the VAN

Posted By Jaren Love, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, June 2, 2010
It’s almost summer and that means we’re getting into the heat of campaign season. If you are interested in working or volunteering on a campaign, Democratic GAIN is here to get you up to speed on one of the most crucial technological tools of a campaign: VAN (Voter Activation Network), the world's largest provider of voter file technology to Democrats and progressives.  

VAN is used by nearly every Democratic campaign across the country to manage voter contact and to expedite GOTV. This Friday, June 4th, Democratic GAIN will be holding two VAN trainings, one for beginners and one for advanced users.  

The beginner session will cover the basics with an overview of the general site layout as well as types of data found in VAN. The event will include a discussion on the types of data typically found in VAN and who administers this data. This session is for anyone who has not used VAN, needs a refresher or has very limited knowledge of the tool. Click here to see more details and to register!

The advanced session will have an in depth discussion of user/data management. Topics will include: How to best utilize VAN for voter ID, volunteer input and management for My Campaign. The session will also cover an introduction to the development and integration of VAN’s new media tools. This event is aimed toward those with basic VAN experience. Click here to see more details and to register!

Don't forget - you an attend in DC or via webinar! 

Tags:  career development  skills building  training 

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Intervew Tips!

Posted By Jaren Love, GAIN Intern, Friday, May 14, 2010

Recently, the Boston Globe featured a piece on good job interview practices. Following some of the advice from this piece, as well as attending Democratic GAIN’s Resume & Job Search Tips Workshop next Thursday the 20th, can put you a few steps closer to landing that dream job.

Remember -the job interview is a conversation – don’t let it become one sided by rambling or being too short in your responses to the interviewer.

Additionally, researching the firm you are interviewing for is vital to interview success. Going into an interview with a solid understanding of the employer is crucial. Make sure you have a basic background on what the employer does and relevant recent news about the firm. Be prepared to ask questions at the end - having no questions about the place you are interviewing conveys that you are not engaged in what the organization does. Also remember to never ask about benefits, vacation time, or salary during the initial interview.

Try practicing a mock interview with a friend in front of a video camera and look for ways to improve! Click here for more tips from the Globe's article.

For more tips on landing that dream job, join Democratic GAIN’s Resume & Job Search Tips Workshop next Thursday in DC or on the webinar. Register here to secure your spot.

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Help Google Help You

Posted By Jaren Love, GAIN Intern, Friday, May 7, 2010

Most of us use Google everyday many times a day without a passing thought. But have you ever considered the role of Google in political organizing? Democratic GAIN and Google have joined forces to bring to you a workshop showing how Google’s tools and ads can help your campaign or organization.

Rowena Paz, Political Account Strategist in Google's Elections & Issue Advocacy department, will show how Google’s ads and applications have impacted campaigns in recent years and more importantly how they can be used to your organization or campaign’s advantage.

The event is hosted in DC and can be accessed via webinar. Click here to register!

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Union Summer!

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The AFL-CIO is very excited to announce that Union Summer will return for 2010!  Since 1996, Union Summer has graduated over 3000 activists, many of whom continue to work in the labor movement. Union Summer will be looking to recruit and place student activists from colleges and universities across the country to take the fight for justice into the streets in support of our campaign to win good jobs!
Union Summer is a ten week educational internship in which participants are introduced to the labor movement.  The Union Summer Internship will run from June 7th through August 13th.  It will begin with a weeklong orientation and training, which will be held in Washington, D.C. June 7-June 13.  After the training, interns will work in teams in support of the AFL-CIO’s Jobs Campaign in various parts of the country; there will also be classroom instruction on matters related to their activities.  Their activities could include assisting in organizing direct actions such as marches and rallies, talking with workers impacted by the jobs crisis, as well as assisting in building community, labor and religious support for the Campaign.  Interns will play an important role in helping to build support for our top priority - making sure that everyone that wants a job can get one. Participation in Union Summer is also an ideal way for people to learn about unions and our work in the community.
Union Summer is looking to recruit students with a strong commitment to social and economic justice as and openness to working with people of various races, ethnicities, sexual and religious orientations. Participants should be enthusiastic, energetic and flexible to working long and irregular hours.  We are accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors as well as graduating seniors.  Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Participants will receive a stipend of $300 per week (minus taxes) to cover meals and other incidental expenses.  Each intern will be responsible to getting to and from their orientation training.  After the weeklong orientation, Union Summer will cover the costs of transportation to their internship site.  Housing and local transportation costs will be provided by the host site.

Union Summer is a competitive internship and will have a limited number of available positions this year.  Please encourage all interested students to apply soon.
Interested students should complete the application and return it to  The application deadline is May 7, 2010.  For more information, students should contact us at 1.888.835.8557 or visit us at

Tags:  employers  get a job  internship  job search  organizing 

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Think You Deserve More Money?

Posted By Jaren Love, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Frustrated by the pay gap between men and women? Is the best advice you’ve heard for salary negotiation writing the word "negotiable” under salary requirement?

GAIN is here to help! We're hosting a second salary negotiation training but this one is specifically targeted JUST for women. The event will outline the proper do’s and don’ts for one of the toughest parts of career development.

Our political professionals will share their expert advice. Speakers include Katharine Gagne, Managing Director at the United Mine Workers of America Health & Retirement Funds and Liz Chadderdon, President of the Chadderdon Group.

Remember, this event is for women only! Register to reserve a spot today!

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America's Future Now!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, May 3, 2010
Interested in hearing from great progressive leaders on how to keep moving America forward?

From June 7th to 9th, thousands of progressives will gather in Washington DC for the America's Future Now! Conference. This annual conference brings together America's finest progressive leaders, thinkers, organizers, bloggers and activists. Featured speakers include: Arianna Huffington, Governor Howard Dean, Markos Moulitsas, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Richard Trumpka, Van Jones, Andy Stern, Katarina vanden Heuvel, Deepak Bhargava and more!

AND dues paying GAIN members can attend the conference at a special discounted rate!

Click here to access the discount for the America’s Future Now! conference. 

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