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Posted By Jaren Love, GAIN Intern, Monday, April 12, 2010
Today, it seems like everyone is using social networking websites! Most think of these sites as mindless distractions or just a way to keep up with old friends. However, you might not realize that these sites can help you land a job.  

The Boston Globe recently did a short piece that gives advice to job searchers on using social networks such as LinkedIn. LinkedIn, a website for professional and career networking, is a free and easy way to reach out to past colleagues and network with others in your field.  

You can read the full article here.

The best approach to LinkedIn is thinking of it as an enhanced digital resume. The site allows you to join groups relevant to progressive politics or alumni groups to take networking to the next level. Additionally, it allows you to add a little extra detail to what you accomplished at past positions and a professional looking photograph to put a face to a name. A professional presence on the web that clearly articulates your skills and talents can be a crucial next step in landing the job of your dreams.

Tags:  career advice  job search  networking  website 

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The Art of Salary Negotiations

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Raise your hand if you hate salary negotiations!

Most of us dread negotiating salaries, benefits, raises and promotions. But we all know it's an important part of everyone's career. That's why Democratic GAIN is hosting a training on the art of salary negotiation and asking for that promotion.

In these economic times it can be more difficult to ask for, and secure a raise or promotion, but there are still tricks of the trade, and things to know that can make you more confident and successful in your negotiation. This is your chance to learn from political professionals who have been on both sides of the negotiating table.  

This is perfect for anyone who would like to be more successful and confident in salary negotiation with their next job offer, or when they are up for a review in their current job.  

Speakers include:
Katharine Gagne, Managing Director at the United Mine Workers of America Health & Retirement Funds
Simone Ward, Campaign Manager for Senator Barbara Mikulski  

Space is limited.

Register today! 

Tags:  advice  career advice  interview advice  job search  skills building  training 

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Breaking Into Communications

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Join Democratic GAIN for a workshop on Breaking Into Communications this Friday, April 2nd at 12 PM!

Whether you want to work on the Hill, a campaign, for a labor union, or for a non-profit issue advocacy organization, Breaking Into Communications will cover the basics of working with the press, creating a message, finding communications jobs and preparing your resume & materials to get the job.

This is perfect for anyone who’s thinking about exploring communications or for anyone who’s still trying to nab that press assistant position on the Hill. We'll give you an overview of the basics of communications as well as advice & tips from the professionals to get your foot in the door. 

Trainers include:
Korey Hartwich with AFSCME
Jessica Smith with Senator Jim Webb
Kombiz Lavasany with New Partners

Details: What: Breaking Into Communications Workshop
When: Friday, April 2nd from 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Where: GAIN Office - 1850 M Street NW, Suite 1100 (11th Fl) DC
Register: http://www.democraticgain.org/events/event_details.asp?id=99296
Questions?: Info@democraticgain.org

Tags:  career advice  job advice  job search  training  workshop 

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DCCC Fellows Program

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Friday, March 26, 2010
Are you looking for leadership role on a top tier Congressional campaign? Want to receive top-level campaign training? 

Then the DCCC's fellows program might be for you!

The DCCC will be training and placing fellows in top tier Congressional races around the country from now through Election Day. This is a great opportunity to help Democrats keep the majority in 2010 and learn the in's and out's of a Congressional campaign.

The fellows program will be offered on three different schedules:
Summer Session: June-End of August
Full Session: June-Election Day
Fall GOTV Session: End of August-Election Day

For more information check out the website: http://www.dccc.org/pages/jobs#fellows

To apply for this program please fill out the online application and submit a one page resume and cover letter to www.dccc.org/fellows no later than April 1st 2010.

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Calling All Young Women!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, March 15, 2010
For all you young women out there who have ever thought you might want to run for office, taking advantage of some Running Start's programs is a great way to learn more and explore the idea a bit further. Running Start educates and inspires young women to run for office and gives them the tools to help them become political leaders.

Running start has a variety of great programs that are worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about politics and running for office: 

-Running Start's Path to Politics seminars are a great way to get some new info, meet some great women and hear from some smart women panelists. 2010's series discusses the importance of building coalitions when running for office. Check out their website to sign up for April's seminar: Taking Care of Business: Understanding the Business Community.

-The Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship Program might be right for you if you're finishing up college and would like to get some experience by interning on Capitol Hill for a semester for a female Representative or Senator. Housing is provided and each week offers a political seminar to learn the nuts and bolts of politics and the importance of running for elected office. The fall program starts in September and applications are due April 1st.

-Also, keep an eye out for the Young Women to Watch Awards coming up on Wednesday, May 12th.

For more information and updates check their website: www.runningstartonline.org

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  internship  networking  skills building 

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Want Better Results For Your Organization?

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Management Center is now accepting applications for this spring's four month long management training program, "Managing to Change the World.” The program is five Friday morning sessions in DC for a small group of people with other activities between sessions. The goal is to instill great practices of management into non profit leaders and their organizations to help them get better results in pursuit of their missions.

Visit their website for more info: http://www.managementcenter.org/trainings.html

Applications are due April 2nd.

Tags:  employers  hiring advice  skills building  training 

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10 Resume Red Flags

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Monday, March 1, 2010
Here are some great resume tips from Yahoo! Finance.  One thing to consider -- an objective can be helpful for those just starting out or career switchers.  Make sure it's not too broad or general though.

Tags:  career advice  career development  job search  job seeking  resume advice  resume drop  resumes 

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Jumping In With A Resume Workshop!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Hello GAIN!
 
I'm thrilled to be on board with Democratic GAIN! I'm very excited to be working with Alexandra to help lessen the stress of job searching and to help create events and programs to help you build your new and already existing skills.
 
To start things off, I wanted to make sure you're all aware of the upcoming Resume Workshop this Friday February 19th from 12 PM to 1:30 PM here in our DC office. If you haven't registered, there's still time.
 
Not sure if this workshop is for you? If you want to make sure your resume is making the biggest impact on those that see it, and want to know the best words and tips for making your resume stand out, then YES this workshop is for you!
 
We'll go over tips to get your resume noticed, how to write a good cover letter, things to keep in mind when interviewing and advice on how to use and continue to build your network to help it work for you.
 
This is an informal discussion and Al and I will finish up with some one-on-one time to help answer any personal career questions.
 
We hope to see you Friday!

Tags:  career advice  interview tips  interviews  job advice  job tips  resume advice  workshop 

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New GAINer!

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I am thrilled to announce that Emily Lamia will be joining our staff as Deputy Director! 

Emily has previously worked for several campaigns in NY and NH, served as the Executive Assistant and then Transition Director for former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and most recently served as the VA State Director for Democracy for America.  She is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College.  Emily brings a wealth of campaign, coalition, finance, and event management experience to GAIN.

You'll be hearing from and seeing Emily quite a bit.  Today's her first day so join me in welcoming Emily!

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Tips for Career Fair Attendees

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Thursday, January 7, 2010
Democratic GAIN's Career Fair is just two weeks away!

Don't waste time -- here are some tips for how you can put your best face forward and impress employers!
  1. Update your profile and upload your resume on the GAIN website.  Often, employers will search the site for candidates who fit their criteria rather than posting the job publicly (or they'll do both!)
  2. Attend GAIN's resume workshop on Wednesday, January 20th.  
  3. Can't attend or won't be in DC?  Check out our resume tips.
  4. Be sure to attend GAIN's Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, January 21st.  If you're already registered for the Career Fair, you don't need to register for the Happy Hour.
  5. If you're unemployed, print up some business cards at home to pass out as you network.
  6. Do your homework!  We're updating our list of confirmed employers every day -- if you're not familiar with the organization, check out their website and see if they have posted current openings.
Be sure to bring plenty of copies of your updated resume with you to the Career Fair!

Tags:  career advice  career fair  job advice  job search  job seeking 

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