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 Gaetjens is a Chicago-based educator whose career spans K-12, higher ed, and adult learning. A first generation American of Haitian and Guyanese descent, Jan has an unwavering belief in the potential of the American experiment and views education as central to the sustenance of participatory Democracy. Since 2012, Jan has developed career exploration and social-emotional learning curricula for Chicago Public Schools, several charter school networks, DePaul University, and Rush University, supporting countless students through college and into fulfilling careers. In 2017, he was recognized as the Illinois Counseling Association’s Graduate Student of the Year for his work on Chicago’s West side. Jan holds a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and an MA in School Counseling from DePaul University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum Studies. His research and writing focuses on the intersections of democracy, education, and racial justice.