By William T. Endicott
Compliment for An Insider's advisor to POLITICAL JOBS IN WASHINGTON "Bill Endicott has written a amazing 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. apartment of Representatives"Public provider is vital to our democracy. invoice Endicott's ebook . . . is the simplest primer i've got learn to assist these attracted to serving in our nation's capital. For these people who've had the chance to paintings in political jobs, this adventure merits either the person and the country."-Leon PanettaFormer U.S. consultant, Director of the place of work of administration and finances, and White residence leader of Staff"A view of the method from the inside-from somebody who is been there again and again. No different resource places the entire serious suggestions into one position as this e-book does. the viewpoint at the method is exclusive. the private anecdotes and interviews are necessary. We plan to suggest it to every body who walks within the door hoping to discover a task in politics."-Jennifer Blanck Director of occupation and Alumni companies, Georgetown Public coverage Institute, Georgetown collage and -John Noble Director of occupation prone, Kennedy university of presidency, Harvard college
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Be willing to work extra hours. If you are competent and show this extra level of interest, it won’t be long before you are noticed. ➣ But avoid bad jobs. As in any profession or job market, there are some bad jobs on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and everywhere else, and you need to be able to spot them. Here’s how. Look for high turnover among staff. That is usually the first sign that something is wrong, that there may be a controversial or personally troubled boss who is impossible to work for.
It takes a lot of energy on the part of a staff person to keep up—or more accurately, to stay ahead, to anticipate. The higher the job politicians hold, the more they exist in a world of minute-by-minute schedules, limited time, aides, briefings, scripts, public events, photo opportunities, fund-raisers—and entreaties for special consideration. When you work for such a person, there is the distinct possibility of getting “event whiplash,” a kind of fatigue from too many really interesting things happening too quickly.
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? Why? Have you honestly researched the question, or are you just letting emotion be your guide?