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Getting a Job in Politics, and Keeping it Paperback – July 15, 2010
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The author has a wide range of experience with political campaigns and non-profit groups. The advice will be very helpful to maximize your career potential in politics (or even business or bureaucratic government jobs).
The advice regarding "vendors" was surprising and shocking, and the utilization of this advice can mean the difference between victory and defeat for a campaign. The advice regarding candidate family dynamics is sound and helpful in that it gives you options on how to make the best of a potentially bad situation.
The book has several "bookmarkable" parts, which will be helpful for my career. Also, the appendices at the end were quite interesting.
A previous reviewer commented that Wetmore is a bit "cynical" but that, perhaps, is the unwritten chapter of this outstanding work. D.C. life can be draining, cynicism is natural and unavoidable, and the ability to deal with it is a critical job skill.
This book could honestly be edited to remove or adapt political references and serve as a primer for newbies to the job market or those struggling to find success in their employment endeavors. I don't say that in a demeaning way, because many high school or college graduates do not know or practice the "common sense" lessons this book imparts that are invaluable to someone who seeks to succeed in the workforce. Honestly, a lot of people who have been in the workforce could really use these lessons if they could be honest with themselves and be introspective enough. I know I picked up some useful tips and recognized some of my own workplace weaknesses. The author does not condescend and empathizes with the reader. He's been there, done it, and screwed it up, just like us.
If you know any young person interested in politics as a career, or a political nut in your life who always wondered what a career in political life might be like, get them this book. If you know a young person who needs a clue about work ethic and what it takes to get started in the working world I think this book would be great for them too, if they are smart enough to consider the situations and examples it presents outside of a political context.
*The author does an excellent job presenting the material so that it is useful to readers of any political persuasion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a joke. Ben Wetmore was part of a conspiracy to break into a US Senator's office. And he's telling us how to get a job in politics. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Simon Chabel
Wetmore has the necessary experience to provide insight on just what it takes to get (and keep) a job in politics. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Steve Bierfeldt
Certainly this book sent my mind racing! Oh wow, I said. This was positively the best book on political jobs I've found.Published on September 14, 2010 by Thomas Aquinas