GAINing an Advantage by Blake Major

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As co-founder and Vice Chair of the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN), I am often asked by GAIN mentees or our event attendees about how to find a job in government affairs. At this point I have a canned response, which goes something like this: people come from all over the country – and the world – to work in DC and be a part of the action. You’re competing with the best, most qualified candidates for every position. You have to set yourself apart. You have to build your network and leverage your contacts to get your resume to the top of the pile.

Most government affairs openings in DC are going to attract hundreds or even thousands of applications. How do you get yours to the top? While I’m not a recruiter or head hunter, I have some ideas.

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