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So you want to work in communications...

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Monday, October 31, 2011

In politics, your message can be everything. If you can’t communicate with your voters, activists, or constituents, you’re not going to be able to achieve your goals.

At the Democratic GAIN career fair, there will be many organizations looking for qualified candidates to join their communications teams.

There are no shortage of firms and organizations in Washington who need communication professionals. Party organizations, labor unions, consulting firms, non-profits, and advocacy organizations all need professional communications teams to help them achieve their goals.

Democratic GAIN board member Mary Rickles is the Communications Director of Netroots Nation. She had this to say about what it takes to succeed in the political communication game:

"Effective communication is the foundation for all successful organizing—whether you’re running for office, raising money for an organization or collecting petition signatures for your favorite cause. Being able to craft a concise, compelling story (ever heard someone talk about the "story of self?”) and make it relatable to the people you’re trying to reach is the first step. Combine good storytelling with strong social media savvy and the ability to work with the media and you’re on your way to being a rock star communications staffer."

If you think about successful progressive candidates and organizations, they all have messages that are concise, compelling, and relatable.

If you’re looking to break into political communication, start thinking about where on your resume you can you highlight communications skills. Have you ever had to take a complex idea and explain it other people in a way that was easy to understand? Have you ever been in a position that required you to write a lot? Were deadlines ever a regular part of any past experience you might have?

There will be plenty at the Career Fair for established communications professionals, too. If you’re looking to make the jump from campaigns to labor, non-profit, or consulting, those fields will be well represented.

Whether you’re just starting out or are just looking to change jobs, there will be plenty for communications professionals at GAIN’s career fair.

Sign up today for GAIN’s 2011 Career Fair!

Tags:  Career Fair  Communications  Jobs  Messaging 

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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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DCCC Resume Drop!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, September 14, 2009
(NOTE:  this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but we think it is a great opportunity and so are passing along the information)

For anyone now looking to work on a 2010 Congressional Campaign, the DCCC
wants to hear from you!

The DCCC is currently seeking candidates with prior campaign experience
to fill senior positions on congressional campaigns:
Campaign Manager
Finance Director
Field Director
Press Secretary

If you are interested in the positions listed and willing to relocate, we would
like to have you join us this Thursday, September 17th in NYC for a DCCC
Meet & Greet and a brief one-on-one interview.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
10:30am-3pm EST
895 Broadway
Focus Conference Room, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(Between 19th and 20th Streets)

Go to for transportation suggestions

*If you plan to attend please submit your resume at

Please make sure to also bring 2 copies of your resume and references with you*

You must RSVP by Wednesday, September 16th, 3:00 pm to Johanna Berkson at or 202-485-3425 so we can make sure you are on the list.

Tags:  jobs  talent search 

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From the White House

Posted By Seth Tanner, Thursday, February 12, 2009
An update on the political appointment process.
We're happy to announce that the jobs application feature is now live on The Jobs Application feature enables people everywhere to apply to be considered for a political appointment in President Obama's Administration. You can get to it by clicking on the "Jobs" link at the very bottom of each of the pages on

That link will take you to a page which tells you a little bit more about the application process, with a a button at the bottom marked, "Begin Application Form." That’s where you fill out your information, upload a resume, and tell us what kinds of positions you’re interested in. But a quick heads up – you have to complete the application in one session, and it’s going to take you about 15 minutes to do it. So before you start, you might want to print the Paper Application, gather up the information you’ll need, then sign back in.

We’re looking to fill several thousand politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch. We’re already interviewing for many of the upper level positions, but will be reviewing applications and making decisions on appointments over the next few months. Remember, the jobs application is just for politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch of the government. These are positions that serve at the pleasure of the President and so are by definition temporary, not permanent. We have received more than 350,000 applications to date for several thousand positions; the selection process is very competitive and rigorous. For more information on these types of appointments, click on the Executive Branch link on the "Our Government" page of, or check out the Plum Book. (We also encourage you to look at the many thousands of permanent career positions with the government. Go to for more information and to fill out an application.)

Tags:  administration  jobs  white house 

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