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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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“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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Take Back the American Dream Conference

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Friday, September 9, 2011

Are you fired up and ready to go for the 2012 election cycle? You’re not alone. All across the country, progressives are laying the groundwork for Democratic gains next year. If you’re looking to meet fellow progressive activists, network with other political operatives and help build the progressive movement, then the Take Back the American Dream Conference is where you need to be this fall.

The Campaign for America’s Future has partnered with hundreds of other groups to bring together America's finest progressive leaders, thinkers, organizers and activists. The conference organizers are also offering Democratic GAIN members a discounted registration rate to attend the Take Back the American Dream Conference!

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in progressive politics to gear up for the 2012 elections. The "Take Back the American Dream” conference is being held in Washington, DC on October 3-5, 2011.

We hope to see you there! Visit GAIN’s Member Discounts page to sign up at the reduced rate.

Tags:  Conference  DC  Discounts  Membership  Networking 

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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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Join us for a beer tonight!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Woah - it's hot out there!! Come on outta the heat tonight and join GAIN for some cold frosty beer!

Then come on out to join us tonight from 6 - 8pm at Public Bar for our Young Professional Beer Tasting Event!

Details can be found here -- registration is now closed but you can buy a ticket at the door. Your $50 ticket buys you 4 beers and access to network with a bunch of fabulous DC young professionals! AND you get to support Democratic GAIN and the work we do for YOU!

Join us tonight!

Tags:  events  Happy hour  networking 

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Network with Congressman Frank!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Looking for a great event to network at this July?

Hoping to get out of the heat and get inspired by a great Democratic leader?

Then check out the 21st Century Democrats Youth Leadership Speaker Series next Tuesday, July 12th featuring Congressman Barney Frank. Hear this distinguished leader speak about the future of American politics and the importance of youth involvement.

This is a great opportunity to network with fellow interns and young professionals who share your passions and commitment to social and political change.

Open to the Public
For more information and to register visit

Tags:  capitol hill  networking 

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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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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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