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YouTube Campaign Bootcamp

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The perfect YouTube moment is something all campaigns are searching for. The flawless, on message exchange with a voter. The devastating one liner delivered during a debate. The catchy and engaging short video that sticks in a voter’s mind until Election Day. Or maybe your campaign’s tracker will catch your opponent brewing a cup of tea that is a little too strong for the average voter.

Do you want to learn how to make your candidate’s YouTube channel pop, create the next smash video and engage with supporters in a meaningful way in the next election cycle? The YouTube Campaign Bootcamp next Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, DC is where you need to be!

This free one-day training will get your campaign up to speed on the platform and tools you need to find donors, sign up volunteers, and persuade voters.

Click here to register.

Tags:  Campaigns  learn from pros  networking event  skills building  training  Youtube 

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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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Using the Holidays for Networking

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Monday, November 30, 2009
The holidays can be a depressing time to be a job seeker, as employers tend not to post jobs between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  Don't get too down though -- this is a terrific time to network and expand your list of contacts.

Holiday parties aren't just for fruit cake and cocktails; they are for collecting business cards.  Ask around about any upcoming events that are open to non-employees and GO!  Come armed with business cards (make your own at home if you're not currently employed) and pass them out like it's your job -- 'cause it is!  When you receive someone's business card, be sure to write down where you met them and anything noteworthy that you discussed.  Ask if you can send a follow up email or take them to coffee in the near future.

Don't be embarrassed about being unemployed or looking for a job -- we've all been there and chances are, people are more than happy to help.  Tell one and all what you are looking to do next.  Make sure you have your sales pitch down; nothing is more important than selling yourself!  Be as specific as possible.  For instance, saying, I want to work in development for an advocacy organization will give people a lot more to work with than just saying, I want to get in to fundraising.

Finally, use holiday cards to your advantage.  They are a great way to stay in touch with old contacts and to keep your name on the forefront of someone's mind.  A simple, "Hope to see you in the New Year" will suffice for getting back in touch.

Tags:  career advice  career development  get a job  job advice  job search  job seeking  networking  networking event 

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FYI: 21st Century Democrats Gala Event

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, June 15, 2009
I'm just passing along the below information - this is not a Democratic GAIN-sponsored event, but it will be a great event at which to meet and network with other professionals:

In 2008, 21st Century Democrats trained 650 young activists, and sent many of them across the country to serve as field organizers for progressive and populist Democratic candidates.  Thanks to their hard work and the help of our donors, 48 of the 71 candidates we endorsed -- from county commissioners to U.S. Senators -- were elected in November.
Please join us to celebrate our success and to prepare for training the next generation of progressive activists -- at the 21st Century Democrats 2009 Annual Gala.  This event will be held Wednesday, June 17, from 6 to 8 PM on the rooftop of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) building, 900 7th St NW (one block from the Chinatown metro). 
We will be joined by 21st Century Democrats-endorsed Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon will be honored for his service to his constituents and the progressive community.  Also, Representative John Conyers of Michigan (Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) and many other members of Congress will be in attendance!
The Annual Gala is a great opportunity to meet outstanding public officials, and network with progressive activists while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvrs and an open bar.  And you should see the view of DC from the IBEW rooftop!

(Under 21 are welcome to attend, just not to drink)
Please join us at this unique event by purchasing a ticket at the $21 "Young Activist" level.  The "Young Activist" tickets are for individuals aged 21-35 who worked or volunteered for a Democratic campaign or progressive organization during the 2008 elections.
The above links will bring you to the 21st Century Democrats Donation page.  Please input the total dollar amount corresponding with the number and level of tickets you are purchasing (i.e., if you are purchasing two "Young Activist" tickets, please make a contribution of $42).  You will not receive a physical ticket; rather, you will gain admittance by showing identification at the door. 

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