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Got an interview coming up?

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Ever wonder how to prepare besides doing your research? Not sure about following up?

Check out these three tips:

1 - Build a rapport with the people in the interview - engage in a little bit of small talk at the beginning - they want to know if your personality will be a good fit with other people on the campaign or at the organization.

2 - Make it clear you are interested in the position and the organization and don't focus on "What’s in it for me?” They want someone who is passionate about the candidate/mission/goals. Remember, it’s about them… they want to know how you can make their lives better!

3 - Send personalized thank you letters to every person that was in the interview - thank them again for taking the time to speak with you, and reaffirm why you will be a good fit for the position and note a few things you discussed in the interview.

Want some more great tips to do before, during and after your interview? Check out this article!

Tags:  career development  interview advice  interview tips  interviews 

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Job Interview Questions- Don’t Get Stumped

Posted By Sara Swezy, GAIN Intern, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Preparation is the number one tool for job interviews. Ever wonder what the most common questions are that interviewers ask, and the best ways to respond?

Check it out:

5 Common Interview Questions:
-Tell me about yourself
-Why do you think you are the best fit for this job?
-Why would you be an asset to this company?
-Why are you interested in our company?
-Elaborate on your experiences- what were some key takeaways?

How to answer them and stand out as a star candidate:
-Don’t ramble on with your life story, keep it short and highlight what makes you interesting and talented.
-Briefly describe your best skills and how your experience relates to the position and how you could apply your experiences to the duties of this new position.
-Emphasize your personality traits, such as: dedication, loyalty, passion for this type of work, detail-oriented, organized, etc.
-Research the organization or company thoroughly. Be able to cite specific projects, the company’s success and your knowledge and interest in the particular field.
-Don’t read off of your resume word for word, but pick out one or two things from each experience to highlight. And always quantify your experiences. For example, if you handled a budget of $5,000 for an event, state it.

Finally, be sure to ask thoughtful questions of your own! Remain calm and confident, show them that you are the best person for this job and you’ll be well on your way to the top of the candidate list. Don’t forget to send a handwritten thank you note to the people you interviewed with and follow up with the company if you haven’t heard anything back within a week.

For more information on job interviews, check out these articles from New Grad Life and The Ladders.

Tags:  career development  interview advice  interview tips  interviews  job advice 

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“Want to chat over a cup of coffee?” How to start the conversation and build your network!

Posted By Sara Swezy, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Check out this article for networking advice and examples. We’ve highlighted the most important steps for establishing and expanding your network!

Establish:
-Let everyone know that you are looking for a job! Including family, friends, neighbors, college alumni, etc. Ask if they know anyone in your desired field.
-Politely ask if you can have their contact information or if they will introduce you.

Expand:
-After the introductions, arrange to meet for half an hour for an informational interview over coffee or lunch, or possibly stop by their office.
-When you meet, do not ask them for a job! You are there to get advice, learn about their experiences and make more connections.
-Explain your career goals and what kind of position you are looking for.
-Ask if they can suggest anyone else for you to meet with… usually they will give you a couple contacts.
-After your informational interview, be sure to thank them by email or a handwritten note.
-Don’t forget to follow up- keep them updated on your job search and let them know you met with the people they suggested.

Online- LinkedIn:
-The process is slightly different, but check out this article from Career Builder and you’ll be on your way to establishing a large network!


For more networking advice, you can still purchase our Networking for a Job webinar online here!

Tags:  career advice  career development  informational interview  job seeking  Networking 

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Cover Letters and Resumes- Did you make these mistakes?

Posted By Sara Swezy, GAIN Intern, Tuesday, February 7, 2012

You’re applying for a job online and are directed to send your resume and cover letter by email to the HR staff. Seems easy enough, right? Before you hit send, be sure you know what NOT to do when writing cover letters and resumes.

Check out New Grad Life articles for advice on cover letters and resumes! This is a breakdown of the most important points to remember.

Cover Letters

-If you only attach your cover letter to the email, it might not go through or even get opened. Be sure to paste it within the body of the email as well.
-Providing information that doesn’t match with the position- Read the description and qualifications clearly. You will not be selected if your qualifications and skills in the cover letter do not match with their needs.
-Forgetting to express why you’re the best- Don’t be arrogant, but let them know why your experience and qualifications make you the perfect person for the job.

Biggest Mistakes on Resumes:

-Formatting and organization
-Unimpressive job descriptions
-Spelling and grammar

Don’t fall into the common mistakes category:

-Always have multiple people proof read and edit for you
-Don’t always rely on spell-check
-Keep it to one classic font
-Organize with bullet points
-Use action verbs and quantify your experiences

For more resume tips, check out our blog on federal resumes!

Tags:  career advice  career development  cover letters  get a job  resume advice 

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How to Use Social Media to Find a Job

Posted By Sara Swezy, GAIN Intern, Monday, February 6, 2012

Love spending time on social media websites? They might just land you a job. But you have to know how to use them in the right way.

Check out this helpful article from Social Media Examiner:

Highlights from the article 10 Tips for Finding a Job Using Facebook and LinkedIn:

-Did you know you can use Facebook as a business page? Set up your own page to show your professional accomplishments and create a brand for yourself.

-Are you on LinkedIn? If you are a job seeker, a LinkedIn profile is essential. Once your LinkedIn profile is set up, be sure to have a professional headline that stands out amongst other applicants. If you’re looking to connect with someone in a certain industry or with a specific job title, use the advanced people search tool to find them.

In the 2012 digital world, your online presence is something that could get you hired or fired. Read the rest of the top 10 tips and establish your own professional brand online. Check back on our blog for upcoming career development advice! If you don’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tags:  career advice  career development  Facebook  get a job  job seeking  LinkedIn  social media 

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Hey Interns!

Posted By Genna Schwartz, GAIN Intern, Friday, July 29, 2011

Hey interns!

Ready to get paid, or at least get paid more? GAIN understands that going from an internship to a career in politics can be difficult, and we’re here to help!

We’re bringing you Courtney Sieloff with Revolution Messaging, and the founder of JobsThatAreLEFT, as well as Tom Manatos with the DNC and founder of his own self-titled listserv! These two will have tons of valuable advice about how to succeed in politics, you won’t want to miss!

We will also be discussing how to get your political resume absolutely perfect, and how to write a remarkable cover letter. As well as how to get the most out of your current internship, networking, and what your next steps should be.

We hope to see you there - Register here!

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  get a job  job seeking  networking  training 

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Next Week's Must Do Training!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Friday, June 24, 2011
It's been great getting so many resumes from GAIN members across the country the last few weeks. We're hoping to add to the list of places we're going to and get to as many cities as possible in the next few months to collect even more resumes from all of you that are interested in working on a campaign!

But before you drop your resume off with us, or even after you do, you should make sure it's in the best shape it can be.

Sign up for Tuesday's Resume & Job Search workshop!

We'll have a ton of great advice on how to do a political resume, how to write a cover letter that sticks out and where and when you'll find the jobs this cycle.

Tuesday's workshop is in person and via webinar - and we record it so you can watch it at any time that works for you! This is a must attend for anyone who's giving out the resume for a job in politics. We have just two more in person slots left - sign up today!

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  job seeking  job tips  resume advice 

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REMINDER: GAIN's Speed Networking Labor Event

Posted By Cathy Johnson, GAIN Staff, Monday, June 6, 2011
Just a few spots left! Hurry while there’s still time to join GAIN’s Speed Networking: Labor Event Wednesday! Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to learn from leaders in the labor community about how they support Democratic candidates and fight for many of the same issues that progressives fight for. 
AND – a number of folks are looking to hire!

Come to GAIN's Speed Networking: Labor event!


Tags:  afscme  career development  events  get a job  job seeking  networking  networking; training 

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Who doesn't love salary negotiation?!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, May 19, 2011
What's that? You say you don't love negotiating your salary or a raise? Ok yea - most people don't.

Negotiating a starting salary, a promotion or a raise may seem daunting - but it doesn't have to be. Join us next Wednesday as we go over all the do's & don’ts of how to maneuver through the process so that you walk away feeling more confident AND with more money in your pocket.

We will be joined by Lisa Bianco, Political Director for Hoyer for Congress and Will Johnson, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at George Washington University - two rockstars who know all the in's and out's of negotiating!

Register to confirm your spot today!

Tags:  career development  training 

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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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