Political jobs and how to find them

Most people think of a political job, they think of running for a political office and nothing else. There are many other roles to politics than what is seen by the average person. First, someone has to run that entire campaign for a candidate. What happens to political parties in between elections? What about press releases? And who really does all of the speech writing?

First, a degree in political science or other related field can be helpful. Many other degrees or minors can be a factor when applying to jobs in the political field, but a political science degree can have a strong influence. Other degrees that can weigh in as important include public relations or communications, information technology, computer science, and psychology. If you are considering any kind of career in the political arena, it can be wise to consult the career center at the college of your choosing for proper guidance. They can help you weave your personal interests into a career involving politics.

Networking can help greatly when trying to break into the hidden job market, and when it comes to finding a political job there can be a number of barriers to break through before finding a job. Even though many political jobs are in the public sector they can be difficult to land and can require digging through many layers before finding out how to apply for a job.

The career center can be a great source of information on internships and job leads. The internet can be helpful too, though it can take much time and searching before turning up useful information. In turn, meeting people through those internships or through volunteering can create job leads. Social events are another way to find a job. Even professors and neighbors can be unexpected job leads. It is important to keep a list of contacts and keep it updated regularly. A notebook can be a useful tool to jot down contacts and information as you network. It is important to keep careful notes about the contacts you meet as it can be easy to forget information in a short time.

Another resource can be cold calling and direct contact. Notifying a political venue of your interest with an updated resume and cover letter can sometimes bring results. Checking the local papers can sometimes yield a job listing but this tends to be unlikely. The best jobs in the political field often come from working for a union, doing media relations work, or volunteering on a campaign and then networking your way to success.