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Networking at the dinner table

Posted By Sara Swezy, GAIN Intern, Monday, February 13, 2012

Who doesn’t enjoy networking with like-minded individuals while having a great meal?

The latest networking website involves both- Grubwithus aims to get people together for real face to face conversation. Now that the digital world has taken over, communication between people usually takes place online or by phone. Grubwithus emphasizes the importance of taking relationships offline.

This is an excellent networking opportunity, whether you are searching for a job, a professional looking to transition into a different career, or someone new to the city who just wants to meet people with similar interests.

They even have an "Elections” group for those interested in politics, working on campaigns and include politically themed meals. There are local chapters in most major cities, including Washington, DC. Establishing a network could be easy and fun with a resource like this! Check out their website for more information and locations.

Tags:  get a job  Networking  washington dc 

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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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Come See GAIN in San Francisco!

Posted By Genna Schwartz, GAIN Intern, Monday, June 20, 2011
Come on out and see Democratic GAIN in San Francisco this Thursday, June 23rd for a resume drop!

If you are curious about what kinds of campaign jobs are hiring for this year or next, this event is the perfect place for you to get your questions answered. Take advantage of the opportunity of getting your resume into the right hands.

GAIN's former Executive Director, Alexandra Acker Lyons, who just moved to California, will be there to collect resumes! Stop by, drop off your resume, talk to someone who really knows what’s going on in the world of progressive politics!

Tags:  california  career advice  get a job  networking  resume advice  resume drop 

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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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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 mcneil@dccc.org
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 unionsummer@aflcio.org.  The application deadline is May 7, 2010.  For more information, students should contact us at 1.888.835.8557 or visit us at www.unionsummer.aflcio.org.

Tags:  employers  get a job  internship  job search  organizing 

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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.

Tags:  get a job  training 

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