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As a result of some restructuring, I learned this AM that I'm no longer needed at my current employer. For various reasons, this is not as devastating as it might be for many, not the least being that I'm receiving a quite generous severance payment.

So, the extraordinary thing is that I find myself improbably unencumbered by a 9-5 job during this very important election season, with enough cash resources that for a few months I can afford to work for considerably less than might otherwise be the case.

The thing is, as in the past, I cannot figure out how one goes about getting hired to work on a campaign. There seems to be an unwritten rule that campaigns simply do NOT advertise for employees the way that any other corporation that needs employees advertises for employees. I'm guessing that this is because they prefer to channel people into volunteering. Whatever. I'm not looking to stuff envelopes, I'm looking to earn my keep applying my considerable and varied skillset wherever it is of high value.

So ... What's the secret? Do you just email a resume to the contact info? Or what? (It seems ludicrous to me that they make it this hard ...) And no, there's nothing after the jump.

Originally posted to UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Not one of the kewl kids. (13+ / 0-)

    Which has always seemed, in the back of my mind, to be part of the problem. Political campaigns seem more like high school cliques than like organizations of serious adults, created to achieve a specific goal.

    I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

    by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:44:44 PM PDT

    •  Nope... (14+ / 0-)

      I'm a total loser and I work for a campaign.

      Go to www.democracyforamerica.com and check out Night School. If I'm not mistaken, their last session dealt with applying for campaign jobs. That's a good place to start.

      Also, go to democraticgain.org. It's like Monster.com for political jobs. Create a profile and post your resume.

      Finally, go find a campaign. Volunteer for it. Get some experience and find out how campaigns work.

      At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollup, you c*nt. - Sen. John McCain

      by Potus2020 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:51:34 PM PDT

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      •  thanks ... (1+ / 0-)
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        SciMathGuy

        i had looked at democraticgain.org, but didn't want to start registering and stuff without knowing a little more about it. i'll take a closer look.

        i've volunteered for campaigns in the past, and i've never had the opportunity to find out how anything works. there's usually 1 or 2 people (volunteers themselves) in the office who hand me a map and a bundle of lit, or hand me a phone list and point me to a cubicle, or hand me a box of envelopes and a box of letters, and point me at a table. i've never encountered the candidate for whom i'm volunteering during the course of my campaign efforts, nor anyone who was evidently a paid -- nevermind, high-ranking -- campaign official.

        I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

        by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:02:35 PM PDT

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        •  You've never met the candidate? (6+ / 0-)
          Have you worked for local and/or state campaigns? You should definitely meet your candidate because they can be extremely helpful and appreciative. Make sure you attend special events like campaign headquarters openings or parades, where they will be. Volunteer to sign people in at a fundraiser. The candidate's always there Make sure he or she knows who you are. I think my candidates got tired of seeing me. Well, not really. Candidates never get tired of seeing their volunteers. But I spent numerous Saturday mornings in the dining room of a city council candidate's campaign, stuffing and stamping envelopes (He had nice food for us volunteers).  My former attorney general candidate has given me job leads and was the one who hooked me up with the Obama campaign (he was one of Obama's first supporters here -- I'm betting he might be a US Attorney under President Obama). The current Secretary of State knows me all too well! I was one of her most faithful volunteers in Northeast Ohio and probably saw her a couple of dozen times during the campaign. In fact, I got to know all the statewide candidates because I faithfully attended every headquarters opening candidates night. Now those candidates are governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and treasurer. One will most likely be attorney general after November. And a losing state Supreme Court candidate is now running for congress in Oh-14 -- Bill O'Neill.

          We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

          by anastasia p on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:48:47 PM PDT

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      •  Could I just recommend (5+ / 0-)
        signing up for the DFA classes in any case? They are very informative and helpful!

        We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

        by anastasia p on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:41:34 PM PDT

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    •  Contact, contacts, contacts!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      zett, UntimelyRippd
      It doesn't hurt to have been an active volunteer. It definitely doesn't hurt to know your area activists as well. Being plugged into your area Democratic clubs helps; they know who's hiring. I met and spoke with the people hiring at the Obama campaign at a meeting of our congressional district community caucus and sent in an apllication, but they never called me back. Oh well. I've been speaking with other people I've been involved in various campaigns with and may get something on an issue campaign. I interviewed for it and I'm waiting to hear. That would be good because it starts right away. Unlike you, I didn't get a generous severance package -- three weeks of my already way-too-low-for-my-talents pay. I can make it until labour Day and then will have to find any old job.

      I found out on a Friday afternoon I was losing my job in a merger (everyone on staff thought I was the LEAST likely to be cut and I was the ONLY one for complicated logistical reasons.) and my last day was Tuesday. In the meantime, I emailed everyone in my system (luckily my job involved a wide network of contacts) and told them I was looking. I got a lot of leads from that. My best leads actually came from someone whose primary campaign for state attorney general i'd worked on as a volunteer.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:39:21 PM PDT

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      •  even though you always piss me off, (0+ / 0-)

        i'm sorry to hear that you got hosed by a merger situation, and i hope you'll be able to get paid to help make some of the changes that we do agree need to get made in november.

        I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

        by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:44:13 PM PDT

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  •  Keep an eye on Open Left (8+ / 0-)

    http://www.openleft.com/

    They occasionally post a bunch of job openings with progressive groups and campaigns.

  •  I heard good things (2+ / 0-)
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    UntimelyRippd, jlms qkw

    from people in non-profits who have used this site to find good candidates:

    http://www.idealist.org/

    However, I have not used it myself, so I can't personally vouch.

  •  I was going to say sorry, but... (5+ / 0-)

    congratulations.  And if you do anything other than enjoy this time, and use it to refocus yourself as one never can tied umbillically to some greedy corporation ... I will strike you with a rolled up newspaper and tell all of your friends you farted.

    This can be a very cool few months for you ... AND your career self.

  •  Thank God for severance packages (3+ / 0-)
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    UntimelyRippd, jlms qkw, smellybeast

    the few that are still offered.  

    As individual as you are, one is still at risk of being judged by the company they keep.

    by publicv on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:05:04 PM PDT

  •  mcane is hiring a spel cheker (2+ / 0-)
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    cosette, UntimelyRippd

    sorry, couldn't resist.

    http://www.youtube.com/annonoman

    by tRueffert on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:11:37 PM PDT

  •  Talk Left (1+ / 0-)
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    UntimelyRippd

    is currently running an advertisement that might interest you

  •  Keep your feelers out for work regardless of what (3+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, UntimelyRippd, fedupcitizen

    you do.

    The time off that the severance allows is great and it allows you to be somewhat selective in your next job but don't go too long without making inquiries or informing your network.

    Being off work too long can make it difficult to get a new gig in this poisoned environment.  Hopefully Obama's inauguration will pump some life into the economy.

    •  no doubt ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... i'm not, in fact, planning to sit around doing nothing -- i couldn't really afford that for long. which is exactly why i'm not interested in volunteering to stuff envelopes ... i want something that counts as real work in my real domain of expertise.

      I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:32:30 PM PDT

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  •  tipped and rec'd ... (4+ / 0-)

    for a kindred Kossack just boarding the boat to unemployment.

    Time to go throw back a few brews.   :)

    "What, then, is the legacy of the Royal Navy? I shall tell you. Rum, Buggery, and the lash! Good Day, Sirs." - Sir Winston Churchill

    by Dingodude on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:22:39 PM PDT

  •  craigslist.org (1+ / 0-)
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    UntimelyRippd

    I was searching under government jobs a few days ago.  Can't remember which democratic organization posted the job ad but they were seeking candidates for paid positions in various cities to help with local elections.

  •  use the google (1+ / 0-)
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    UntimelyRippd

    I too have seen ads (craigslist, most likely) for one or two organizations that seem to be the funnel for hiring for the Obama and other campaigns.

    From volunteering in (and housing interns for) past campaigns, my guess is that you have a better chance of a paying job if you have techie skills or some other specialized skill in managing or organizing people.

    •  techie skills R me. (0+ / 0-)

      I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:55:58 PM PDT

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      •  Another lead (1+ / 0-)
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        UntimelyRippd

        just saw another one, an ad on thecarpetbaggerreport  for www.grassrootscampaigns.com. It says they're hiring organizers to work for Obama and with MoveOn.org. I can't vouch for any of these folks, but with tech skills, if you're diligent (and willing to relocate until Nov, or you're in a fat swing state) you should be able to find something. Imagine your dream job, and go for it.

        I also assume you've done the obvious, like called your state Dem party HQs, looked at the DNC website and DSCC and DCCC, all that?

        As someone who did a midlife career change a few years ago, I can say that doors do open, but sometimes not until the previous one has slammed shut behind you.

        Happy hunting, and let us know where you land.

        •  well, no, i haven't done most of that. (0+ / 0-)

          i've only been out of work since about noon.

          but i did check the DNC site, and it does not seem to have a jobs page. none of them ever do. 'struth.

          BTW, the grassrootscampaigns link, which looks pretty interesting, is also the ad link referenced by someone above, on the Talk Left site ...

          I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

          by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 05:58:01 PM PDT

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  •  I wonder if Russ would take on 1 more for (1+ / 0-)
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    UntimelyRippd

    the Patriot Corps?

    Kucinich did NOT bankrupt Cleveland.

    by zett on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 05:13:19 PM PDT

    •  hmm, dunno. (0+ / 0-)

      needless to say, their website does NOT have a careers page. (it does have an "intern with us" link, but it goes nowhere, and anyway, i'm a bit old to be an intern.)

      I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 05:20:05 PM PDT

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      •  Drop a resume anyhow. (0+ / 0-)

        Next round of fundraising may lead to more hires.

        Running against Herb "WIRETAP" Kohl in 2012. $1/year. Cash preferred.
        Masel4Senate 1214 E. Mifflin, Madison, WI 53703

        by ben masel on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 07:40:43 PM PDT

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