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Serve Yourself Some GAIN Resources

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

GAIN’s website is kind of like an all-you-can-eat buffet of progressive tools and resources. You can find exactly what kind of materials you crave! While it may be known for its job board, trainings, and member services, GAIN’s site offers much more!

For example, under the Resources tab you can find a crash course in everything you need to know to have success in the realm of politics. For the job hunt you will find tips on writing cover letters, having informational interviews, and even information on how to obtain unemployment benefits to support yourself in the meantime. For those seeking information on the other side of the job search, there is also information on hiring staff. If you are looking to read up on political tactics and how to win an election, the GAIN campaign training manuals are available on the tab, too. All of this is free to the everyday user!

Go ahead and gorge yourself on what we have to offer. Unlike the Chinese buffet down the road, you can pig out on as much of GAIN’s information as you want and still feel amazing afterwards!

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Networking Workshop Tomorrow!

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, February 22, 2011
It is often said that "It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” Here at GAIN, we like to think that knowing how to make and use those connections is just as important as having them. That’s why we’re hosting our Networking for a Job Workshop tomorrow!

As mentioned last week, networking is a vital component of the job hunt. By knowing the right individual, taking the time for a cup of coffee with a contact, or making the effort to get an informational interview, you can get your resume on the top of the applicant pool and get the interview that will land you your next gig! Our expert presenters will cover these aspects and so much more.

There is always something new to learn, so make sure to sign up here! All of the in-person spots have been taken, but joining in via webinar is just as good. You can participate from anywhere in the world, and nothing beats learning how to network in your pajamas!

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Warm up to Networking

Posted By Brian Stauber, GAIN Intern, Thursday, February 17, 2011

The weather is amazing in the nation’s capital and it's time to come out of hibernation and start meeting the people who will help you find your next gig! GAIN has the perfect opportunity coming up next Wednesday with our Networking for a Job Workshop. Networking is absolutely critical in any job search; it is known to both speed up the process as well as better your chances of success.

Do you have your resume all written out, but are wondering how to get it seen? Are you baffled with how to sell yourself on LinkedIn? Are you already a social butterfly, but want to refresh your knowledge and learn some new tips and practices? This workshop covers everything you will need to know about making contacts and taking names.

Check out the registration page to sign up! Don’t delay, spots always go fast. If you can’t make it to DC, make sure to sign up for the webinar; it’s the next best thing to being here in person. Don’t forget to become a paid member, and receive a significant discount on this and every GAIN event!

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The GAIN team is growing!

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
There's a lot of change happening at Democratic GAIN, and we are thrilled to announce the addition of two new members of our staff!

Our Development Director, Kari Lundstad-Vogt, has worked in fundraising on several campaigns, and was also the Training and Job Bank Coordinator at EMILY's List. She has a wealth of knowledge to share and her enthusiasm for this new position at GAIN will do wonders for expanding support of our organization.

GAIN has also added a second intern, Brian Stauber, who has just moved to DC from Wisconsin where he worked on the Steve Kagen campaign. He is excited to be living in Washington and has hit the ground running!

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This Valentine's Day, sign up for a different kind of speed dating...

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Monday, February 14, 2011
It's Valentine's Day. If you're single, maybe you've promised yourself you'll try something new this year when it comes to finding a date. The same principle can apply to finding a job. Have you ever tried speed dating? We've taken the concept and transformed it into speed networking. Our first speed networking event with consultants was a huge success, and now we are gearing up for our second speed networking event with professionals who work in issue advocacy.

Speed Networking: Issue Advocacy will be held on Wednesday, February 16th at 5pm. Space is limited, so register now! Registration will close at 5pm on Tuesday - hurry before it's too late!

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A standout resume is the first key to your job search success!

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Monday, January 31, 2011
Is your resume as good as it can be? Having a solid resume is the first and most important step in your job search. Once you have perfected it, having that document that you are completely confident in will make your informational interviews and networking that much easier.

Join us TOMORROW, February 1st, for our Resume and Job Search Tips Workshop! Click here to register. You'll walk away from this event with a lot of useful information and a fresh outlook on how to proceed with your job search!

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Have you posted your resume on the GAIN website?

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Friday, January 21, 2011
It's a new year, and jobs are being posted all over the place. You may have noticed that it is now free to post on our job board, which has increased the number of job postings through GAIN. There are many employers sifting through our resume bank, so post your resume and make yourself known!

To post your resume, click here. If you are a member of GAIN, you can also upload your resume as a document as part of your profile.

Not a member of GAIN yet? Join today! Membership is now just $25. Click here to learn more about member benefits and sign up!

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Applications now being accepted for our Down Ballot Training with EMILY's List

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Wednesday, January 12, 2011
On Thursday, February 10th and Friday, February 11th, Democratic GAIN will be partnering with EMILY's List to offer a two-day down ballot training. This training is specifically geared towards campaign managers and finance directors looking to work in statewide and local races in 2011.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 21st at 5pm. To apply, click here. Please read the application carefully. Space is limited so apply today!

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Resume Clinic this Friday!

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Monday, January 10, 2011
The new year is here and now it's time to make sure your resume is in tip top shape for all the networking and interviewing you'll be doing in 2011.

Join GAIN this Friday afternoon for a Resume Clinic.

We'll have expert resume writers on hand to review your resume, make edits and give you valuable feedback.

This is your chance to get your resume edited by people who have years of work experience in career coaching, campaigns and consulting in Democratic politics.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to make sure your resume is as polished and impressive as it can be!

Have you been to one of our Resume Workshops before? If not, make sure you are as prepared as possible for your one-on-one appointment by purchasing one of our Resume Workshop Webinars! The webinar will provide specific instructions on how to construct a political resume, and what the content should be. By following these helpful tips, you will be able to bring a better product to the Resume Clinic and make the most of your time with our experts.

If you are interested in purchasing a Resume Workshop Webinar, please email info@democraticgain.org. The cost is $5 for dues paying members and $10 for general users.

Hope to see you on Friday!

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How to tell people about yourself in an interview

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Wednesday, January 5, 2011
You're in an interview. The first thing the interviewer ask is "tell me about yourself." The question is broad and there's a million ways you could answer it. To avoid feeling put on the spot to summarize yourself in a minute or so, prepare for this question, because someone is going to ask it. Think of your summary like a cover letter; you've worked on a basic outline but then you go back and tailor each one to the specific job. Same goes for talking to people. Practice the basics now, and when you get an interview, nail down the specifics and practice some more.

In an interview, you don't want to ramble about your life, however fascinating it may be. You want to get to the point and highlight the skills and attributes that will appeal to the interviewer. Be confident, concise, and the door will be opened for the interviewer to ask you to elaborate about specific points. This way, you have steered the conversation towards the topics that you are most comfortable talking about. Interviews are much less stressful when you've prepared for questions like this. If you prevent yourself from being caught off-guard, then your confidence and poise will never falter!

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