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Job Seeking Resolutions for 2015

Posted By Lucy Hall, Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Updated: Monday, December 29, 2014

Job Seeking Resolutions for 2015

It’s that time of the year. Time to review the past 365 days and time to look forward to the next. Here are some thoughts for making and sticking to your Career Search related resolutions for 2015:

1.     Prioritize Your Goals: It is much easier to get somewhere when you have a path or plan.  Take the time to put your goals and aspirations down in black and white. You don’t have to go as far as a vision board, but you will benefit from putting your thoughts to paper.

2.     Be SMART: A great way to achieve some of these recently written goals is to be SMART about them. Make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based.

3.     Invest in Professional Development: Not a dues-paying member of Democratic GAIN yet? There’s no time like the present for you to renew, upgrade or join! Just follow the steps here and you’ll be on your way to GAINing full access to our member benefits.

4.     Communicate: Communication is key. Make sure to clearly articulate your needs, as well as what you understand your tasks and responsibilities to be. If you have a question or are unsure – ask! You will save yourself and others time and energy by communicating clearly.  

5.     Refresh Your Knowledge: Attend a training or two to enhance and hone your skills. Be sure to visit GAIN’s Event Calendar for upcoming training opportunities.

6.     Network: Work your network! You have so many resources in the contacts you have made personally and professionally. Use them to learn more about current opportunities and to meet people who can help you make more connections. Take advantage of GAIN’s Career Counseling as a great way to expand your network.

7.     Think Outside the Box, or Organization: While it is great if there is a clear path for professional advancement at the organization where you are currently working, sometimes it helps to look outside the organization. It can also help to look outside the industry. Be sure to visit our Skills Match sheet with information about how to take the skills and experience you have and apply them to other positions. And be sure to check out GAIN’s Job Board for current listings.

8.     Help Others: Odds are someone was there to help you when you began your career. If you are in a position to help others (and you probably are), you should. It can be as little as taking a coffee meeting with a friend’s nephew who is looking to get started or as big as volunteering or joining the board of an organization. And it is a great way to expand your network, and your karma.

9.     Negotiate a Raise: Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a raise or for your salary from the start. Need some help, advice, or someone to practice or role play? GAIN’s Career Counseling is a great resource!

10.  Eat the Frog: This is a great piece of advice and it comes from the brilliant Mark Twain. Do the harder or more unpleasant items on your daily to do list first. You will feel a sense of accomplishment early in the day and you’ll be on your way to having a productive day and year!

Tags:  Job Seeking  New Year  Resolutions 

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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!

-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.

-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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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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Speed Networking: Labor!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, June 2, 2011

Get in the labor fight! Join GAIN for a Speed Networking event just on labor!

Ever wonder what goes on in labor unions? The labor community is a BIG supporter of Democratic candidates, and they fight for many of the same issues that progressives fight for.

Sign up for Speed Networking: Labor on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:00 PM. We’ll have leaders from the labor community including representatives from the largest unions in the country!

Space is limited - register to reserve your spot!

Tags:  advice  events  job seeking  networking 

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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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Staff turnover on the Hill

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Monday, November 15, 2010
Politico has a good but sad article about the upcoming staff turnover on Capitol Hill as a result of the 2010 elections.  They estimate that 1,800 people lost their jobs.  Don't forget that GAIN is here to help with the transition!

Tags:  capitol hill  job seeking 

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10 Resume Red Flags

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Monday, March 1, 2010
Here are some great resume tips from Yahoo! Finance.  One thing to consider -- an objective can be helpful for those just starting out or career switchers.  Make sure it's not too broad or general though.

Tags:  career advice  career development  job search  job seeking  resume advice  resume drop  resumes 

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