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Need A Job? Joe Biden Is Hiring!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 29, 2020

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Joe Biden is hiring about 4,000 political staffers to work in the White House and federal agencies. Here’s how you can boost your chances getting a job in the new administration, according to 3 experts.

Robin Bravender

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President-elect Joe Biden formally introduced his newly-picked national security team in Wilmington, Delaware on November 24, 2020. Biden will have thousands more political and non-political jobs to fill in 2021.
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  • President-elect Joe Biden is hiring about 4,000 political staffers to work in the White House and federal agencies.
  • Former campaign staff and Democratic insiders will have a leg up in getting their résumés considered, but government employment experts say there will be room for Washington newcomers, too.
  • The Biden administration is promising to build its team from a big talent pool that “looks like America and works for all Americans.”
  • The transition team created a portal where you can apply for jobs in the Biden White House and agencies across government, like the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Education. You can even try for obscure panels like a US-Russia commission on polar bears.
  • To be considered, employment experts urge job applicants to be clear about what they want, keep their application materials concise, play up their skills, and work any connections.

So you want to go work for Joe Biden.

You’re in luck. The president-elect has thousands of jobs to dole out inside the White House and federal agencies.

But you’ll probably want to get moving quickly since the incoming team is anxious to get up to full strength as it races to replace outgoing Trump administration staffers with its own people. You’re not the only one hoping to get a job on the new team, and you can expect stiff competition.

“There will be tens of thousands of people who are very excited about this administration and want to be a participant in it,” says Katherine Archuleta, who led the Obama administration’s Office of Personnel Management, the federal agency that manages government employees.

Of course, it helps if you have powerful allies who can vouch for you and help get your résumé in front of the right people. Connections are everything in Washington, and people who worked on Biden’s campaign or have ties to his orbit will have a leg up when it comes to scoring one of roughly 4,000 political jobs that change hands when a new administration arrives.

If you blindly send in a résumé to the Biden transition team or the White House personnel office, “the odds of the résumés actually being taken seriously are pretty darn low,” said Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University.

But don’t despair if you don’t count political insiders among your family and friends. You might still land your dream job at the State Department, the National Park Service or the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

One thing that might work in your favor: the Biden administration is promising to Read the rest of this entry »

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