A friend texted me the other day, looking for qualified resumes of progressive field staffers. After sharing that out via social media, I received quite a few responses back: both from people job-hunting, and folks looking to hire. In the interests of helping you find each other, here’s our guide to job hunting in the progressive space and starting or continuing your career in the progressive advocacy or Democratic political world.
1. Make sure your resume is up to date, and you have a good LinkedIn profile. You never know who will come across you that way, especially if they are searching on keywords. (If you’re looking to hire, try searching on those keywords.)
It’s also good to have an active Facebook and Twitter account, to keep you top of mind with your more distant connections. They say that many jobs are landed through networking with your “weak” ties, not your closest circle of friends.
2. Sign up for/post positions on all the various job lists out there: Democratic GAIN, Jobs That Are Left, Idealist, NOI Jobs (mainly tech focused), Tom Manatos Jobs List (mainly Capitol Hill focused), EMILY’s List Jobs Bank (weekly emails), Brad Traverse Jobs (bipartisan, DC focused), Union Jobs, and sign up for Progressive Exchange (tech focused list, lots of job postings too).
3. Try networking in person. Netroots Nation is a great conference to attend, with many progressive organizers and leaders there from around the country. That’s nearly a year away though, so RootsCamp in Washington D.C. in December is much closer. There is often a career fair as a part of RootsCamp as well.
4. If you’re looking for advanced trainings, New Organizing Institute has several focused sessions as well as their 1-week bootcamp session for entry-level digital organizers. Also Wellstone offers the Advanced Campaign Management School periodically as well.