Build a Powerful Political Job Application - National Democratic Training Committee Build a Powerful Political Job Application

Build a Powerful Political Job Application

By Jan Gaetjens
40 min
Getting Started

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice backwards planning the timeline and tasks of a political job search
  • Use online tools to maximize the reach and efficiency of your political job search
  • Communicate relevant experiences and transferable skills to potential progressive employers and Democratic campaigns
  • Write effective, job-tailored political resumes and cover letters

Why This is Important

Finding a job that matches your professional interests and personal values can feel like a job in its own right. This course introduces strategies to streamline the process of finding vacancies, drafting strong application documents, and standing out as an applicant.

Key Resources

  • Job Search Self Reflection Worksheet
  • Guide to Progressive Job Searches
  • Resume Templates
  • Example Cover Letter
  • Job Search Organizer

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Jan Gaetjens


Jan is an Instructional Designer at NDTC, where he is responsible for creating our online and in-person learning experiences. After nearly a decade working in secondary and higher education, Jan joined NDTC to apply his love of teaching and learning to help democratize access to political power. Jan earned his BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and an MEd in Counseling from DePaul University, where he is pursuing his PhD in Curriculum Studies. In his free time Jan loves jiu jitsu, live music, and finding excuses to avoid working on his dissertation.