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 (now maintained by GAIN), PoliticalJobs.us, Idealist, Inclusv (for people of color), Tom Manatos Jobs List (mainly Capitol Hill focused), EMILY’s List Jobs Bank (weekly emails), Brad Traverse Jobs (bipartisan, DC focused, $5/mo. cost), Union Jobs, Digital Jobs for Progressives (maintained by Matt Lockshin), and sign up for Progressive Exchange (tech focused list, lots of job postings too). You may want to consider joining WINList (not free), aimed at Democratic pro-choice women in D.C. They offer in-person events 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. It’s held every summer in a different part of the country. Organizing 2.0 is held yearly in New York City. Also RootsCamp is a yearly conference held in Washington D.C., usually after the election. There is often a career fair as a part of RootsCamp as well.
4. If you’re looking for campaign trainings, Beth Becker offers 1-week digital bootcamp sessions for entry-level digital organizers around the country. Nelini Stamp and Erica Sagrens are putting together campaign manager trainings for progressive women. Wellstone, Democracy for America, Emily’s List and others often offer entry-level candidate and campaign manager trainings. Progressive Change Campaign Committee offers yearly candidate trainings as well. Also Wellstone offers the Advanced Campaign Management School periodically.