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Attention, academics: wanna work for Obama?

Posted by Christopher Shea  November 11, 2008 02:05 PM

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Academics and other wonks with an itch to serve, how can you increase your chances of landing a position somewhere in the vibrant new administration? Heather Hurlburt, the executive director of the DC-based National Security Network, a Democratic-leaning foreign-policy think tank, as well as a former State Department speechwriter, offers surprisingly concrete, pragmatic tips. [Brief video clip.] (You know you face stiff competition.) Then the Fletcher School's Dan Drezner, of danieldrezner.com, chimes in with some thoughts of his own.

If you do land a job, you may wind up with a lot more power than you expected, Hurlburt explains -- at least during the awkward transition of power.

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2 comments so far...
  1. Wow, Hurlbert basically offered some conventional wisdom on cover letter writing 101 and managerial transition 101. Seriously, do people really competitive for administration positions really need the first set of pointers, or even the second set?

    Posted by Logan November 12, 08 02:17 AM
  1. Sounds as if we are going to have a New Deal situation going on here. cautiously optimistic....

    Posted by Delilah November 12, 08 02:26 PM
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