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An Insider's Guide to Political Jobs in Washington by William T. Endicott

By William T. Endicott

Compliment for An Insider's consultant to POLITICAL JOBS IN WASHINGTON "Bill Endicott has written a extraordinary 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 us, Former Minority chief, U.S. apartment of Representatives"Public provider is vital to our democracy. invoice Endicott's e-book . . . is the simplest primer i've got learn to assist these attracted to serving in our nation's capital. For these folks 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 workplace of administration and finances, and White condominium leader of Staff"A view of the method from the inside-from anyone who is been there again and again. No different resource places all of the severe assistance into one position as this booklet does. the point of view at the approach is exclusive. the private anecdotes and interviews are worthwhile. We plan to suggest it to all people who walks within the door hoping to discover a role in politics."-Jennifer Blanck Director of profession and Alumni providers, Georgetown Public coverage Institute, Georgetown collage and -John Noble Director of occupation prone, Kennedy university of presidency, Harvard collage

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You impress the aides. In your “Preparing for the Job” phase, you figure out ways you can do little favors for the congressional office or the senator’s office. For instance, they often need help putting on events, press conferences, fund-raisers, hearings back home—that sort of thing. You can volunteer to help out with Endicott_01 12/11/02 3:26 PM Page 34 34 GETTING THAT FIRST JOB those and impress the aides by doing a really good job. Don’t worry about impressing the representative or senator.

Then, every few months, freshen the acquaintance with a contact of some sort—a handwritten note, a post card, an Endicott_01 12/11/02 3:26 PM Page 32 32 GETTING THAT FIRST JOB e-mail, a phone call. At first you just exchange pleasantries. As you get to know each other better, you can discuss more personal things, such as the area you’d like to work in or a specific problem that you’re trying to solve. You can ask for advice. People like to be asked for their advice; they’ll want to help you if they like you.

Danny O’Brien was able to transfer in because of his political organizing skills. 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?

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