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Hoping to Hop on the Campaign Trail? The DCCC Needs YOU!

Posted By Cathy Johnson, GAIN Staff, Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It’s about that season again--no we’re not talking about swimsuit season--we’re talking about campaign season!  The 2012 elections are right around the corner and we’ve got some great news for those of you out there interested in campaign work.  The DCCC is still in great need of skilled finance directors, deputy finance directors, call time managers and more!  

So update that resume and print out a bunch of copies because the DCCC is hosting an awesome Speed Networking event! This is your chance to meet one-on-one with DCCC staff to discuss opportunities on campaigns. The details are below but even if you can’t make the event don’t let that stop you from contacting the DCCC, they still need you!  

DCCC Speed-Networking
Thursday, June 2, 2011
4:00pm – 6:00pm Please
RSVP to Ashley McNeil at
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 430 South Capitol Street SE Washington, DC 20003
(1st Floor Wasserman Conference Room)  

**Don’t forget your resume!**

Tags:  employers  events  field  fundraising  get a job  interviews  job seeking  networking  networking event 

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What Does Your Online Profile Say About You?

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Whether you like it or not, your online persona is also your professional persona -- are you OK with that?

You might want to de-tag that keg stand photo, take down the "I'm so bored -- is it 5:00 yet" tweet, and carefully edit your college blog posts.  Oh, and just because we're not "friends" on Facebook, doesn't mean I'm not going to see those photos and posts!  Politics is a small world and I'm friends with your friends.

Here are some tips from 6FigureJobs:

A candidate’s online reputation plays a vital role when being considered for a new job opportunity. Studies show that 80% of employers and executive recruiters will search a candidate’s online reputation before contacting them for an interview. Any active or passive job seeker should be aware of their online reputation before they hit the job market.

In July 2010, 6FigureJobs conducted a survey to its community of $100K executive and senior-level job seekers. The survey showed that 60% of candidates are already monitoring their reputation online and of those people 29% consider themselves "very involved” in managing their online reputation. The poll also showed that 28% do not manage their online reputation because they do not know how or believe it to be of no use, feeling they can not control what the Web publishes.

For the 12% who say they do not know what an online reputation is…start with these 3 basic steps.

1. Search – Run a search for your name in all the major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!). Review the results in detail. You may find many positive results or you may be surprised at some of the negative, "digital dirt” that it associated with your name. Know what’s out there because this is your online reputation and it is how people will perceive you.

2. Monitor – You can create email alerts for your name through the search engines. Google Alerts does a good job of this. They will send you an email with the latest information posted to the Internet that is associated with your name. This will help you monitor any new content that gets published on the Web that is associated with your name.

3. Take Action – Build on the positive information through professional online profiles, personal websites, publications and discussion boards. Negative results can be difficult to combat so if you find a significant amount of negative results, contact a professional service such as Climber or Reputation Defender.

In conclusion, it is important to stay on top of your online reputation. Your candidacy for a new career role is an online and offline process so keep in mind that you may be judged before you even step into an interview.

Tags:  advice  career advice  employers  get a job  job advice  job search 

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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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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:

Applications are due April 2nd.

Tags:  employers  hiring advice  skills building  training 

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More Employers sign up for Career Fair

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Tuesday, January 5, 2010
More employers have signed up to attend Democratic GAIN's Career Fair!
They're hiring NOW for campaigns, non-profits, issue advocacy, labor organizing, consulting firms, and more!

Check out our current list -- growing every day:
  • Democracy for America
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • EMILY’s List
  • FieldWorks
  • Field Strategies
  • Grassroots Campaigns
  • Mammen Group
  • National Education Association
  • Organizing for America
  • Parkside Group
  • SEIU
  • Winning Connections
Haven't signed up for the Career Fair yet?  Register today!

Tags:  career fair  employers  get a job  job seeking  jobs 

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GAIN Career Fair!

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Thursday, December 17, 2009
Democratic GAIN is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a CAREER FAIR on Friday, January 22nd in Washington, DC.  This is a great opportunity for you to find your next job opportunity in politics!

We have already confirmed these top employers:
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • EMILY’s List
  • National Education Association
  • Organizing for America
  • SEIU
Of course, as more and more employers confirm their attendance at the Career Fair, we will keep you posted!

Want to come?  Here’s what to do:

First, register online. If you’re a GAIN member, the Career Fair is just $10 (you must be logged in to get your discount!).  For non-members, the Career Fair is $20.  You must pick one session to attend – morning or afternoon. 

Second, be sure to update your profile at  Make sure all of your employment information is up to date and that you have uploaded your resume.  Often, employers will search our resume database without posting a job publicly.

Third, attend one of our resume workshops to make sure your resume will get noticed at the Career Fair!

Career Fair participants will also receive a free ticket to GAIN’s Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, January 21st at SEIU.  And, at the Career Fair, you can sign up to receive one-on-one career assistance and advice from political veterans.

Again, GAIN members receive a 50% discount!  Not a GAIN member?  This is the perfect time to join!

Tags:  career fair  employers  get a job  job seeking  jobs 

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What's next?

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Friday, November 14, 2008

Did you just finish the campaign cycle?  Looking for the next career move?

Are you a campaign, consultant, advocacy group or labor union looking to do big things in 2009?

Then Democratic GAIN is here to help.

GAIN Career FairWhether you're a cause looking for talent or a talent looking for a cause, then the next Democratic GAIN Career Fair is right around the corner.

Democratic GAIN Career Fairs are the best place for employers looking for talented staff and political professionals looking for their next opportunity to connect to one another. Please join us for the first Career Fair following the 2008 election to find your next employee or employer!

DC Career Fair
Sunday, December 14: 11 AM - 3 PM
Trinity College
125 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20017

You can register here.  Don't miss out on this great event!

Tags:  career fair  employers  events  job seeking 

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Calling all Washington state folks

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Friday, November 14, 2008

If you haven't heard, Democratic GAIN is partnering with the WinWin Network, New Organizing Institute and DemocracyInAction to sponsor a networking reception to immediately follow the Western Organizers Summit.

Political Jobs A-GO-GO
Monday, November 17: 5 PM
800 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

It's free to get in and we'll have a cash bar and some complimentary appetizers set up.  Whether you're looking for a job, looking to hire, or just interested in getting to know other progressives in Seattle, this event is for you!!

You can read more and RSVP here.

Come out for a good time with good people!

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Now SimplyHired

Posted By Seth Tanner, Friday, August 15, 2008
Quick update on posting jobs:

We have just set up all jobs to syndicate across the SimplyHired network.  SimplyHired is one of the leading general job sites, whose jobs database powers the large job boards of LinkedIn, MySpace, and other sites.

So, if you post a job on Democratic GAIN, not only do the members of our community see it, but anyone searching for a job on MySpace, LinkedIn, SimplyHired, among others, will see it.  This will help you get more applicants to your jobs.

Tags:  employers  simplyhired  syndication  website 

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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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