When I'm recruiting for senior jobs that require Capitol Hill and other public policy experience, I always include Brad's [website] in my advertising and outreach. It's a great way to reach qualified people quickly.
- Larry S., CEO
Connecting You to Jobs That Make a Difference
More than 20 years ago, Brad Traverse started to compile job leads for policy and public relations positions in order to connect his job-hunting friends with new employment opportunities in Washington, D.C. Originally sent as a weekly email, the number of subscribers and leads grew until it became difficult to manage as his hobby and the number of jobs was so big that the list became hard to use. In 2006, he and his wife Fraser recognized this unmet need and launched the first-ever online political and PR job search database, so members could access new job leads on a daily basis and easily search for employment opportunities using category and keyword functions.
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Ask Fraser: How do I get my resume in the hands of those building staff for next year's new administration and Congress?
On Capitol Hill, so far there are 57 House freshmen and seven Senators. Given average office staff sizes, that equates to just over 1,000 newly created positions. And while, yes, most of those slots are already spoken for, keep this in mind: a lot of people come to DC from the district and for a variety of reasons don’t work out, either at the last minute or a few months in.
The Traverse Jobs Office Survey (September 2020) confirms a few things we already believed, but offered a few compelling insights about timelines for returning to work. Our data confirmed that 76 percent of employers are still being supported by a remote workforce. Most surprising, however, is that more than a quarter of all employees working remotely have not gotten any communication from their employer about the future of their working location.
Tornado Warning Issued for D.C. Job Market: Don’t Get Lost in the Vortex When Looking for Your Next Job
It happens every four years, but this election year may prove to be the biggest twister for the D.C. job market in recent memory. Potential party changeovers in the White House and Senate beg the question to potential job seekers: Are you prepared?
“Share valid articles in your field and comment on them thoughtfully to show that you are an active observer of the news and issues you care about,” says Fraser Traverse, who runs a job board for people looking for work in politics and policy in the Washington, DC area.
As Traverse notes, “This takes very little time, and potential employers will most certainly be reviewing your accounts, so it’s critical to show your engagement.”
As others comment on your posts, you’ll feel like you’re still part of the action, and you’ll be contributing thoughtful content, too.
Traverse also suggests making sure that you turn on the “open to work” setting on LinkedIn so recruiters can find you.
“You can fill in the types of jobs you would prefer and then you’ll show up in recruiter searches,” she says. “As a colleague once said about this feature, your next employer can find you even as you sleep.”
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