“For the third year in a row, the number one Best Places to Work large agency is NASA with a score of 71.6. In the mid-size category, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took top honors with a score of 82.3, and the top-ranked small agency—and the highest-scoring agency of all—is the Surface Transportation Board, with a score of 86.8.”
See the full rankings of large, mid-size and small agencies.
Campaigns & Elections has some excellent tips on positioning yourself for campaign employment in 2016:
Manage your expectations: “Regardless of how highly skilled you were at your last job, or what your GPA was in college, if you’ve never worked in politics, you need to be willing to start at the ground level.”
Start now: “Whether you have experience working in politics or not, there’s no better time than now to begin charting your path to 2016.”
Be where the action is: “If your goal is to work on a presidential campaign, then location is key. When primary campaigns set up shop in the early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire, they look to hire talented staffers who have knowledge of the local political landscape.”
Train yourself: “There are some specific skill sets that are highly valued in politics, such as field, data and targeting, finance, communications and digital. Taking the time to invest in yourself and your marketability by participating in trainings in 2015 is a smart move.”
Timing is everything: “Knowing the schedule of when specific roles are filled can help you prepare. The first department to be staffed is finance: Campaigns need cash. Finance roles may be filled months before others, and will be needed throughout the campaign. One of the next roles is communications, typically the communications director, as the campaign will need to get its message out and frame the opposition. The field department will be the next to be built up because the tasks of identifying, training, and managing volunteers are imperative.”
Capitol Hill staffers “might be working hard in competitive jobs, but they still aren’t making much money, according to two new reports from the Congressional Research Service,” Roll Call reports.
“In studying select positions on both the House and Senate sides, CRS found staffers from both chambers were making less, in real dollars, than they were four years ago, with the notable exception of House-side caseworkers (whom had seen a 3.25 percent raise).”
“Positions that saw the greatest median salary drop in real dollars over a four-year period include: House-side Counsel (20.51 percent), House-side schedulers (16.60 percent), Senate schedulers (20.56 percent) and Senate press secretaries (18.77 percent).”
The Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide offers great insider tips about what you need to know to succeed in your Capitol Hill internship.
“In nearly every office, at anytime of day or year, there are new interns on Capitol Hill. Some are here for college credit, some are aspiring to land full time jobs, some have a piqued interest in the way Congress works or the chance to rub shoulders with the government’s legislators.”
“But not all interns are created equal… This is many interns’ first professional exposure, so aspects such as dress code, social media policy and even punctuality may be out of their realm of understanding. Some internships are part of a larger program that might include trainings, mentorships, realistic expectations and extracurriculars — visits to the White House and Capitol Dome tours — that can set interns up for success, and a positive internship experience can be instrumental in landing a paying job.”
“Internships are finite. There are always more bright-eyed, wannabe staffers ready to take your place, so it’s up to you to make the most of it while you can.”
Just published: The Political Ladder: Insider Tips On Getting A Job In Politics by Alexandra Acker-Lyons.
“Anyone who has worked in politics knows how tough it can be–both getting the job and figuring out what comes next. It’s a transient field with a lot of turnover. In an industry where it’s not just what you know but who you know, being a newbie can be tough and intimidating.”
The basics of interview etiquette are the same as in any type of social situation — one should be courteous, polite, friendly and listen well even as you try to make the best case for your candidacy for this job. Good manners aren’t a plus when interviewing, they are a necessity — a hiring manager likely won’t be able to get past any possible rudeness or odd mannerisms to determine whether your skills could be a good fit for the position.
So here are some reminders on the fine points of interview etiquette that should help you get to the next step of the hiring process: Read more »
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, job hunters sabotage their own efforts. By acting on outdated information (perhaps based on the last time they searched, even if it was years ago) or misguided advice, they waste precious time and energy focusing on strategies that are unlikely to land them a job — at least any time soon. And sometimes what seems to be a good idea for a while turns out not to be worth more time, but it’s tough to change direction.
Here are some common job-hunting traps and how to avoid them: Read more »