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Hiring Superstars

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Monday, October 15, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012
GAIN partnered with The Management Center to bring you a webinar on Hiring Superstars. Jerry Hauser, CEO of The Management Center and author of the book Managing to Change the World provided tips and insight on hiring strategically. Just in case you missed it, we're happy to provide it below!

Hiring Superstars from Democratic GAIN on Vimeo.

Tags:  hiring advice  skills building 

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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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Check it out!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, July 7, 2011
Who doesn't love robo calls? Bueller? Bueller?

You may hate getting them but mobile outreach is a significant part of any good campaign field plan. Next Tuesday, join GAIN and the crew from Switchboard Communications to learn how to use their online toolset.

Switchboard is an online tool that allows campaigns and organizations to easily and creatively control your own phone mobilization and outreach programs. Hundreds of campaigns, state parties, and organizations across the country have used Switchboard for live and automated calls. So register today to check them out!

Tags:  skills building  training 

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Great Resources from The Management Center

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Thursday, September 30, 2010
The wonderful team at The Management Center just re-did their website and posted some terrific new resources for managers, including sample project plans, interview outlines, staff evaluation forms, and more!

These are tools that I use regularly -- they save me time, money and headaches.  I strongly encourage you to check them out!

Tags:  career development  skills building 

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Take a Ride with the VAN

Posted By Jaren Love, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, June 2, 2010
It’s almost summer and that means we’re getting into the heat of campaign season. If you are interested in working or volunteering on a campaign, Democratic GAIN is here to get you up to speed on one of the most crucial technological tools of a campaign: VAN (Voter Activation Network), the world's largest provider of voter file technology to Democrats and progressives.  

VAN is used by nearly every Democratic campaign across the country to manage voter contact and to expedite GOTV. This Friday, June 4th, Democratic GAIN will be holding two VAN trainings, one for beginners and one for advanced users.  

The beginner session will cover the basics with an overview of the general site layout as well as types of data found in VAN. The event will include a discussion on the types of data typically found in VAN and who administers this data. This session is for anyone who has not used VAN, needs a refresher or has very limited knowledge of the tool. Click here to see more details and to register!

The advanced session will have an in depth discussion of user/data management. Topics will include: How to best utilize VAN for voter ID, volunteer input and management for My Campaign. The session will also cover an introduction to the development and integration of VAN’s new media tools. This event is aimed toward those with basic VAN experience. Click here to see more details and to register!

Don't forget - you an attend in DC or via webinar! 

Tags:  career development  skills building  training 

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The Art of Salary Negotiations

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Raise your hand if you hate salary negotiations!

Most of us dread negotiating salaries, benefits, raises and promotions. But we all know it's an important part of everyone's career. That's why Democratic GAIN is hosting a training on the art of salary negotiation and asking for that promotion.

In these economic times it can be more difficult to ask for, and secure a raise or promotion, but there are still tricks of the trade, and things to know that can make you more confident and successful in your negotiation. This is your chance to learn from political professionals who have been on both sides of the negotiating table.  

This is perfect for anyone who would like to be more successful and confident in salary negotiation with their next job offer, or when they are up for a review in their current job.  

Speakers include:
Katharine Gagne, Managing Director at the United Mine Workers of America Health & Retirement Funds
Simone Ward, Campaign Manager for Senator Barbara Mikulski  

Space is limited.

Register today! 

Tags:  advice  career advice  interview advice  job search  skills building  training 

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Calling All Young Women!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, March 15, 2010
For all you young women out there who have ever thought you might want to run for office, taking advantage of some Running Start's programs is a great way to learn more and explore the idea a bit further. Running Start educates and inspires young women to run for office and gives them the tools to help them become political leaders.

Running start has a variety of great programs that are worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about politics and running for office: 

-Running Start's Path to Politics seminars are a great way to get some new info, meet some great women and hear from some smart women panelists. 2010's series discusses the importance of building coalitions when running for office. Check out their website to sign up for April's seminar: Taking Care of Business: Understanding the Business Community.

-The Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship Program might be right for you if you're finishing up college and would like to get some experience by interning on Capitol Hill for a semester for a female Representative or Senator. Housing is provided and each week offers a political seminar to learn the nuts and bolts of politics and the importance of running for elected office. The fall program starts in September and applications are due April 1st.

-Also, keep an eye out for the Young Women to Watch Awards coming up on Wednesday, May 12th.

For more information and updates check their website:

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  internship  networking  skills building 

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Want Better Results For Your Organization?

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Management Center is now accepting applications for this spring's four month long management training program, "Managing to Change the World.” The program is five Friday morning sessions in DC for a small group of people with other activities between sessions. The goal is to instill great practices of management into non profit leaders and their organizations to help them get better results in pursuit of their missions.

Visit their website for more info:

Applications are due April 2nd.

Tags:  employers  hiring advice  skills building  training 

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NOI Trainings and Webinars

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Tuesday, September 15, 2009
(NOTE: this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but they are great opportunities to network and build your skills, so we are passing along the information)

NOI (the New Organizing Institute) has a great training coming up in San Francisco on October 5th & 6th.  Click here to learn more and register! 

This training is geared toward individuals who work for a progressive nonprofit and are a) working to develop an online presence, b) wondering how to use internet-based tools, and/or c) struggling with how your online work impacts your organization's mission.

In addition, click here to see the list of great training and informational webinars they have coming up!

Tags:  skills building  training 

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Training from the Texas Democratic Party

Posted By Democratic GAIN, Wednesday, September 2, 2009
(NOTE: this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but it is a great opportunity, so we are passing the information along)

The Texas Democratic Party is hosting a series of campaign camps across the state designed to train candidates and campaign staff in the fundamentals of campaigns, such as message development, communications methods, fundraising, campaign planning, targeting and how to utilize the latest technology to make your campaign more effective. 

Courses will be taught by experienced political professionals, providing participants not only the opportunity to learn, but also to network.  Each camp is two days long and is scheduled on a weekend.   

The next camps are scheduled for September 19th & 20th in San Antonio and October 17th & 18th in Fort Worth.  Due to space limitations, registration is required.  Registrants who are accepted for participation in each camp will be notified at least 1 week prior to the event for which they have registered.  Admission is free for those who are accepted.  Reserve your spot today by registering at

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Terrysa Guerra at or call 512-478-9800.

Tags:  skills building  training 

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