An Insider's Guide to Political Jobs in Washington by William T. Endicott

By William T. Endicott

Compliment for An Insider's consultant to POLITICAL JOBS IN WASHINGTON "Bill Endicott has written a awesome description of what Washington political jobs entail, the way you get them, and the place they lead-a public service."-Gerald Ford38th President of the U.S., Former Minority chief, U.S. residence of Representatives"Public carrier is key to our democracy. invoice Endicott's publication . . . is the simplest primer i've got learn to assist these attracted to serving in our nation's capital. For these folks who've had the chance to paintings in political jobs, this adventure advantages either the person and the country."-Leon PanettaFormer U.S. consultant, Director of the place of work of administration and finances, and White condominium leader of Staff"A view of the method from the inside-from somebody who is been there again and again. No different resource places all of the serious suggestions into one position as this publication does. the point of view at the method is exclusive. the non-public anecdotes and interviews are worthwhile. We plan to suggest it to every person who walks within the door hoping to discover a task in politics."-Jennifer Blanck Director of profession and Alumni prone, Georgetown Public coverage Institute, Georgetown college and -John Noble Director of profession providers, Kennedy university of presidency, Harvard college

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The resume comes later. ” Whether applying for a position in a campaign that you think might lead to a job possibility later or actually applying for that job now, you have to come recommended. ” Often you can’t even get in the door to interview for the job without this recommendation. A “rabbi” is not just someone who knows your technical job competency—a teacher, an employer, for example—although that kind of recommendation is also important. A “rabbi” is a political mentor—someone who is politically connected to the politician in question and whose recommendation is valuable because it means you have been screened for political sensitivity as well as job competency.

Danny O’Brien was able to transfer in because of his political organizing skills. Other people, such as Roger Majak and Paul Wolfowitz, do some combination of working their way up and transferring in. Preparing for the Job Before you can go out looking for a political job, there are several basic things you have to do. Endicott_01 12/11/02 3:26 PM Page 26 26 GETTING THAT FIRST JOB FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN You have to decide what you’re for and what you’re against. Do you have liberal views, conservative views?

But people in politics get thousands of resumes, and they usually don’t pay much attention to them. The resume is not the most important way to get an interview for a job; the personal referral is. The resume comes later. ” Whether applying for a position in a campaign that you think might lead to a job possibility later or actually applying for that job now, you have to come recommended. ” Often you can’t even get in the door to interview for the job without this recommendation. A “rabbi” is not just someone who knows your technical job competency—a teacher, an employer, for example—although that kind of recommendation is also important.

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