- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cq Pr (December 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568024738
- ISBN-13: 978-1568024738
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,893,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Insider's Guide to Finding a Job in Washington: Contacts and Strategies to Build Your Career in Public Policy
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By reading the book, I was able to expand my knowledge of public policy, an area that many students often do not explore. The book showed me that you do not need a public policy degree to secure a job in this city; you just need decent grades, some small internships (not necessarily in DC), and lots of motivation.
The early pages of the book introduce you to the public policy field, the art of writing resumes and cover letters, and the skills involved in phoning and interviewing with prospective employers. These first 30 pages could apply to nearly any type of job, but the book moves on to provide about 14 useful contacts and search engines for finding a DC internship and about a couple hundred contacts for full-time jobs in Congress, federal agencies and departments, interest groups and think tanks, trade associations and labor unions, and the news media. With a chapter (and corresponding profile of actual employees) devoted to each type of public policy job, you learn the pros and cons of each type, thereby allowing you to eliminate certain jobs and to focus on securing job offers that are more suitable to your interests.
Overall, the book is one of the most informative about public policy, but I do offer a few tips to future readers. First, narrowing your job search to the more appealing types of organizations that offer policy jobs is smart, but do not be too selective. After all, the current economy, even in DC, is tough for job seekers, and your first DC job probably will not be the "perfect" fit; instead, it will be a good fit. (I secured a good position at a trade association that I never thought I would work at, but the work, people, and pay are great.) Second, when using the contact information provided by the book, be sure to first verify it at the organization's website. This book was published in 2000, so the names of many contact persons have changed since then. Finally, although the book provides two examples of vacancy announcements for the federal government, it does not include any examples of KSAs. It does include a couple examples of resumes that are suitable for jobs outside the government, but if these resumes were real, their applicants would not even be interviewed because the resumes are so short and unimpressive.
Easy to understand chapters break it down, and make it simple. Highly recommended for the 'off the turnip truck' intern or the seasoned professional coming to DC.