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Posted By Seth Tanner, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Politico wrote a great piece on finding Hill Jobs.

But if you want to actually land the job, you’ll almost certainly have to subscribe to one of the unofficial e-mail vacancy lists run by staffers themselves.

“You have to know of these e-mail lists to know where the positions are on the Hill,” said one former Democratic legislative assistant. “They’re not posted anywhere in the public sphere. When you get to D.C., you have to have these lists to find a vacancy on the Hill.”

At least a half-dozen House staffers maintain e-mail lists to which they send vacancy announcements. The e-mails, with hundreds or, in one case, nearly 2,000, subscribers, are sent weekly, daily or as soon as the listserv owner hears about a job.

Our job board has many job posts for campaign-centric jobs (we do accept jobs from official offices). One of the ones mentioned in this article is the Tom Manatos list. If you are looking to work on the hill, make sure to sign up!

Tags:  capitol hill  job seeking 

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New Site Functions for Employers

Posted By Seth Tanner, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We are going to be rolling out a lot of changes that are coming out with this cite.  Here are a few for employers:
  • Cover Letters: Now, directly through the website, applicants can submit short notes to you in their application, letting them respond to any specific questions you put in the posting.
  • In-system tracking: Now, you can see where applicants are in your internal hiring process and edit it within the system. You can even save a note for yourself about a particular applicant. This will make it much smoother to manage the hiring process, especially those that are done in bulk, like field organizers.
  • Improved Resume Search: Now, every word a person puts into their resume is searchable by a simple keyword search. You can even search for people based off experience level and their willingness to relocate.
We appreciate your feedback.  We'll be having more over the next weeks.

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And we're up

Posted By Seth Tanner, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
About an hour ago, we "flipped the switch" on the new site.  We'll have more later, but here are a few questions I've been asked I'd like to answer here.
  • Help, I can't search jobs! You need to be logged in to search jobs, like the old site.  Just use your old username and password, confirm your membership level, and you will see everything you want to get to.
  • Is GAIN charging for searching jobs? No.  We are implementing a new policy with regards to posting jobs only, which you can read more about here.  We're going to keep the old policies with regards to "employer" accounts active on this site until July 31st.  So try it out.
  • Has my stuff moved over? We were able to run a conversion on data we pulled from the old site on June 23rd.  So if you did an action after June 23rd, it most likely has not moved over.  We are keeping the old site up at if you want to access old information.
I'm going to be adding to this as more questions come in.  The best way to ask questions is to use our contact form.

Thank you for bearing with us.

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GAIN at Netroots Nation

Posted By Seth Tanner, Sunday, June 29, 2008
Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Democratic GAIN is excited to partner with Netroots Nation and will be hosting a job fair at their convention in Austin TX.

Netroots Nation 2008 is a convention with nearly 2,500 activists in attendance and many of them are eager to learn about the employment opportunities available for the final months of this campaign cycle. This is your chance to meet all of these eager folks in one place and at one time! Not to mention, your registration fee will get you access to the entire Convention, including all 4 days of:

  • Identity, issue and regional caucuses
  • Political Trainings
  • Prominent political, issue and policy-oriented speakers
    Panels led by national and international experts, including a virtual panel held in conjunction with the 2008 Blogher Conference.
  • The most concentrated gathering of progressive bloggers to date.
    And so much more!

If you are not currently registered to attend the Netroots Nation Convention, please visit to sign up for an employer table at the Career Fair.

Registration is $375, and signing up for the Career Fair will automatically get you registered for the entire convention!

If you are already registered to attend the convention, and would also like to participate as an employer at the Career Fair,

Please contact Nikki Enfield at if you have any questions about the Career Fair.

Please contact Karen Thomas Kolber at if you have any questions about the Netroots Nation 2008 Convention.

Thank you and we’ll hope to see you in Austin!

Tags:  career fair  events  netroots 

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