Newspaper article Roll Call

When Will 'SOMETHING' Come Up?

Newspaper article Roll Call

When Will 'SOMETHING' Come Up?

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Ask a staffer how she or he got that first job on Capitol Hill, and most have a colorful story to tell.

Some started as interns, which led to full-time work. Some pounded the pavement handing out resumes until they landed an interview. And some went about it the old-fashioned job-bank route.

But for those still looking, the wait for a job can seem endless. Today's Hill Navigator will tackle some tips on how to make the job- searching process work the best for you.

Q: I have been eyeing a job on the Hill because I want the opportunity to see our government function and the legislative process.

I've been having coffee/beer dates with the coms director and counsel to this senator frequently and they've been passing around my resume. The last time I met with them, the counsel [said], "Something may open up."

Do you think that being crystal clear with my intentions and the fact that he mentioned that "something may open up" means anything?

In addition, [an organization] sends out their "Job bank list," which shows vacancies on the Hill, and [I] frequently apply for the ones that make sense to me and then let my insiders know that I've applied for a position and to keep their ears open.

Do you think that I am overdoing it with my insiders? Do elected officials actually pull from these advertisements or do most of the jobs get filled by people already on the Hill?

A: I think your approach is the right way to go about it. Network on the Hill, be clear about what you're looking for, and don't give up.

But searching for a job can have its discouraging moments, especially as it seems that despite all of your hard work, that "something" has still not come up.

Some things to keep in mind on your job search:

1. Very few people get a Hill job easily. Sure, there are people plucked from college for an entry-level job in D. …

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