Capitol Hill Jobseekers Ready for Employment
Lauren Hart
December 3, 2010
Capitol Hill Jobseekers Ready for Employment
December 3, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute hosted 147 people on Tuesday and Wednesday nights for Capitol Hill Staff Training School. Read on for a student's reflection and for information on an upcoming school geared for those looking to work on the Hill.LI Student Alex VanNess of Baltimore, Maryland said, “I really wanted to thank you, and all of the Leadership Institutes staff, for putting together the Capitol Hill Staff Training School. I learned a great deal of information, over the past few days, that I know will help me with my Capitol Hill job search.”“I have been searching for a job on the Hill, unsuccessfully, for well over a year now. I've gone on informational interview after interview, thinking that I was getting my name out there. But I still couldn't understand why I wasn't finding an open position. It's because of this school, that I understand how the lack of sufficient follow up, with the people I met with, was hindering my job search.”“You provide an invaluable service to the Hill job hunter. I will definitely utilize as many of the networking concepts, as I can, in my future job search. Thank you so much.”The Capitol Hill Staff Training School helps conservatives looking to work in Congress by bringing in great faculty to highlight students' personal strengths, interview skills, salary negotiation, annual budget process, and the legislative process in the House and in the Senate.Notable faculty included:• Paul Teller, Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee• Christopher N. Malagisi, Director of Political & New Media Training at the Leadership Institute• Jessica DeGraffenreid, Executive Director, America's Future Foundation• Sarah B. Smith, Corporate Relations Manager, Americans for Prosperity• Steve Sutton, Vice President of Development & Campus Programs at the Leadership Institute• Meghann Olshefski, Talent & Events Manger at The David All Group• Ed Corrigan, Executive Director of the Senate GOP Steering CommitteeDue to the demand of this school LI will be hosting a similar school February 2 and 3 for conservatives looking to work on the Hill. For more information on this upcoming school and to register, please click here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Speaking in Public
Lauren Hart
November 30, 2010
Speaking in Public
November 30, 2010, Arlington, VA--Friday the Leadership Institute will teach individuals at the Arlington, VA headquarters how to be effective in public speaking.The workshop on public speaking provides folks with the tools and techniques to communicate before an audience in the public policy arena.Topics covered include: -Fundamentals of interpersonal communication-Special circumstances and impromptu speeches-Organizing and building a speech-Delivering an effective speechFor a sample agenda and to register please click here or contact Communications Training Coordinator Rachel Phillips at RPhillips@limail.us.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Capitol Hill Staff Training School Tomorrow
Lauren Hart
November 29, 2010
Capitol Hill Staff Training School Tomorrow
November 29, 2010, Arlington, VA--The Leadership Institute's Capitol Hill Staff Training School which starts tomorrow night is for individuals looking for a job in Congress after the historic elections. This popular school will help students highlight their personal strengths as they seek to land their dream job in Congress. Topics covered include:-Various career options in the conservative movement-Negotiating salaries-Resume and interview skills-Networking your way to success The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
LI Employee of the Quarter Award Given for the Re-launch of ConservativeJobs.com
Lauren Hart
November 19, 2010
LI Employee of the Quarter Award Given for the Re-launch of ConservativeJobs.com
November 19, 2010, Arlington, VA--The Leadership Institute's Employee of the Quarter award goes to Meghann Olshefski for her crucial role in re-launching ConservativeJobs.com, the one-stop shop for conservative jobseekers and employers in the fields of public policy, government, media, business, or Capitol Hill.Ms. Olshefski re-launched the Web site with a facelift that makes the site more user friendly for employers and jobseekers to meet and advance the conservative movement. The Leadership Institute has placed over 1,300 conservatives in over 500 organizations nationwide.LI thanks Ms. Olshefski for her great work and wishes her well in her new job as Talent and Events Manager for the David All Group in Washington, D.C. For information on the David All Group, please click here.LI's new Director of Employment Placement Services is Ms. Andrea McCarthy, who was formerly LI's Director of Recruitment.For more information about Conservative Jobs, please click here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Calling all Capitol Hill Job Seekers
November 16, 2010
Calling all Capitol Hill Job Seekers
Are you looking for a job on Capitol Hill? Are you a little unsure of how to go about it? Join other Hill staff hopefuls at the Leadership Institute's Capitol Hill Staff Training School on the evenings of November 30th and December 1st. Veteran staff members from congressional offices will give you the pointers you need to make your job hunt successful and your transition into life on the Hill as easy as possible. Register today and treat this school like your first job interview. Hill offices have hired directly from the Capitol Hill Staff Training School in years past. So bring your resume. You never know.Free resume consultations will be provided upon request. Hurry and secure your spot in this excellent training school today!>
Attend LI’s Advanced PR School Monday - Wednesday
Lauren Hart
November 12, 2010
Attend LI’s Advanced PR School Monday - Wednesday
November 12, 2010, Arlington, VA—This upcoming week the Leadership Institute will host public relations professionals for a three-day advanced school in PR. Get a seat before they are all gone.The Advanced PR School at LI offers hands-on instruction for tackling communications problems, from organization and planning to presentation. Students will be divided into communications teams and given real life scenarios to work through strategy and message development, including topics like: How to deal with an adversarial press; The key to recognizing “hooks” in the day's news; and How to develop, pitch, present, and defend your message and vision.For more information on this school, including the agenda and faculty bios or to register, please click here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Staff Matters
November 1, 2010
Staff Matters
We all agree; new conservatives headed to Capitol Hill need to fill their offices with like-minded, liberty-loving staffers. The popular blog RedState just recently posted on the necessity of great leaders finding great staff. And the Leadership Institute is stepping in to help future Members connect with solid prospective personnel through the newly re-launched ConservativeJobs.com.Hill job seekers simply need to log on to conservativejobs.com, fill out job seeker profiles, and send their resumes to conservativejobs2011@gmail.com. For assistance or more personalized attentiong, they can always contact LI's Director of Employment Placement, Andrea McCarthy, at amccarthy@limail.us or 703-647-3344.>
$50,000 and $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation for 2011
Lauren Hart
October 29, 2010
$50,000 and $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation for 2011
October 29, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Phillips Foundation is accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible.Please see their release below. THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATIONOne Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001Tel: 202-842-2002, Fax: 202-842-1420www.thephillipsfoundation.org NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: John Farley 202-250-3887 x609 or e-mail: jfarley@thephillipsfoundation.org Trustees:Thomas L. Phillips, ChairmanKellyanne E. ConwayBecky Norton Dunlop Thomas A. FuentesAlfred S. RegneryRonald E. RobinsonTrustee Emeritus:Donald P. Hodel IN MEMORIAMRobert D. Novak$50,000 and $25,000 ROBERT NOVAK JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATION FOR 2011 Applications Available for Print and Online JournalistsWashington, DC, November 1, 2010 -- The Phillips Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible. The Foundation created this program to provide fellowships for projects by journalists who share its mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system.The Phillips Foundation awards $50,000 full-time fellowships and $25,000 part-time fellowships to undertake and complete a one-year project of the applicant's choosing focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the Foundation offers separate yearlong fellowships on the environment, on the benefits of free-market competition, and on law enforcement. There are also Alumni Fund Fellowships funded by donations from current and former Phillips Fellows. Alumni Fund Fellowship winners write one magazine-length article on their topic.The Foundation awarded 10 fellowships in 2010:Full-time Fellowships• Aleksandra Kulczuga for “Our Allies and Our Exit Strategy: Poland's Contribution to the War On Terror”• Maura O'Connor for “Misguided Benevolence: Three Case Studies in American Aid,” to examine free-market policy alternatives to tackle poverty and instability abroadPart-time Fellowships• Scott Thomas Anderson for “Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America”• Amy Bushatz for “Deployed: The Silent Sacrifice for Freedom and the Destruction of the Military Family”• Jessica Corry for “Victim Nation: How We Can Rescue Our Children fromAmerica's Oppression-Inventing, Self-Hating, Overspending, Multi-Billion Dollar Diversity Industry”• Elise Jordan for “Muslim Girls and Women as Equal Americans: Crimes Against Women Under the Guise of Political Islam and Tribal Custom are a Human Rights Tragedy Abhorrent to American Values and Law”• David Keyes for “The Impact of Technology on Democratic Dissent”• William McMorris for “Fraud by Any Other Name: Public Pension Neglect and the Coming Panic”• Peter Suderman for “Markets in Medicine: The Virtues of Free Enterprise in Medical Practice”Alumni Fund Fellowship• Thomas Sileo for “The Unknown Soldiers: How the Media Celebrates American Idols and Ignores American Heroes”For a list of all 94 fellowship winners and their projects since inception of the program in 1994 visit www.thephillipsfoundation.org.The Foundation is looking for journalism projects which are both original and publishable. The winners will deliver four quarterly writing installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical or as a book.Applications must be postmarked by February 22, 2011. The winners will be announced next May at an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington. The starting date for the fellowships is September 1, 2011. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.For an application, visit www.thephillipsfoundation.org, or contact: The Phillips Foundation, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202-250-3887. E-mail: info@thephillipsfoundation.org. -30->
How To Get a Job on Capitol Hill
October 26, 2010
How To Get a Job on Capitol Hill
Are you interested in working for a new or existing conservative office after the election? If so, you need to become a registered member of ConservativeJobs.com and complete your professional profile to be considered for important jobs in congressional offices.Simply register, complete your profile, provide references and fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire. Don't forget to check the box, "I want to work on Capitol Hill."Once your profile is complete, email ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com to let key Hill staff know that you've completed your profile and would like to be considered for a job opportunity in the 112th Congress.Don't wait until after the election to begin making connections with the people who have the power to hire or recommend you. Now is the time to ramp up your networking efforts and put your hat in the ring. It's going to be a competitive job market with many job seekers vying for the same positions. The earlier you launch your job hunt, the better.>
Politics Daily: Hiring Staff for New Members of Congress? Look to Morton Blackwell’s Rules
Lauren Hart
October 26, 2010
Politics Daily: Hiring Staff for New Members of Congress? Look to Morton Blackwell’s Rules
October 26, 2010, Arlington, VA—Online newspaper Politics Daily Columnist Matt Lewis referred to LI President Morton Blackwell's Laws of the Public Policy Process in hiring Capitol Hill staff. “Conservative leader Morton Blackwell, for whom I previously worked, has a few rules for the public policy process that might be helpful for tea party conservatives who win election next week,” Politics Daily Columnist Matt Lewis said.“One of Blackwell's rules is: "Personnel is policy." Another: "Hire at least as many to the right of you as to the left of you." It seems the GOP party bosses are hoping Republicans who get elected this Tuesday will ignore this advice,” Lewis said.To read the full Politics Daily story, please visit here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30->
Want to get into the Civil Service?
October 22, 2010
Want to get into the Civil Service?
October 22, 2010, Arlington, VA— The Leadership Institute is hosting the Civil Service Opportunity School November 8-9 to help conservatives break into the bureaucracy, get a job, and be successful.Learn from top Washington insiders how to break into the liberal dominated Civil Service. Whether you are a newcomer to Washington, D.C. or you are looking for a career change, this intensive two-day seminar gives you the tools you need to begin your career in the Civil Service. Topics covered include:• The application and hiring process• Creative ways to enter government• Which departments are right for you• The political management of the bureaucracyTo register, read more about this school, and view the agenda, please visit here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Sarah Palin Radio Hosts LI Vice President
Lauren Hart
October 21, 2010
Sarah Palin Radio Hosts LI Vice President
October 21, 2010, Arlington, VA— Sarah Palin Radio hosted Leadership Institute Vice President Steve Sutton on its show Monday to discuss notable LI graduates that are currently running in congressional and gubernatorial races.“LI is the Harvard of political training,” said Sarah Palin Radio Executive Producer LaDonna Hal Curzon. “You guys have spit out some real, top conservative leaders,” Curzon said.LI has trained Nevada Senate Candidate Sharron Angle, former Executive of the Christian Coalition and political activist Ralph Reed, Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller's campaign manager, and Delaware Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell, among many others.The very first LI training Morton Blackwell held consisted of 20 students including: Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.To listen to the full interview on Sarah Palin Radio, please visit here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30- >
The New ConservativeJobs.com
October 20, 2010
The New ConservativeJobs.com
Welcome to the new ConservativeJobs.com. We re-launched this site with you in mind to make navigating our online platform more visually appealing and user-friendly.A few things have changed. • Resources: We've created a whole new and expanded Resources section with detailed articles on mastering the art of the job search alongside links to numerous online articles we recommend every job seeker read. In fact, before you register for ConservativeJobs.com, be sure to read our tips on how to write an effective resume.• Blog: Visit this blog regularly for weekly (or sometimes bi-weekly) posts on job search advice, upcoming Leadership Institute career training, and featured job opportunities.• The Look: We hope you'll find our new color scheme and design more upbeat and streamlined.This is only the beginning of many changes to come. Please let us know what you'd like to see in future versions of ConservativeJobs.com. We value your feedback. >
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
October 19, 2010
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
The Heritage Foundation and the Leadership Institute invite you to attend a free informational meeting on Thursday, October 21st in SVC 201-00 on Capitol Hill from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. to learn more about how you can use ConservativeJobs.com to be considered for important jobs on Capitol Hill.Whether you're looking to be a staff assistant or chief of staff, or you're looking to hire staff for your office, you will not want to miss this event.Free Chick-fil-A will be provided by the Heritage Foundation. To attend, please RSVP to ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com.>
Game Time: Mastering the Art of the Interview
October 17, 2010
Game Time: Mastering the Art of the Interview
So you've arranged an interview! Your first response is elation…followed closely by pre-interview anxiety. Relax. Getting an interview is half the battle. If you have an interview you know that the employer knows you have the right skills and qualifications needed to do the job. Now is your opportunity to find out more information about the job and organization. Remember, you are interviewing the employer just as the employer is interviewing you.The key to a great interview is your ability to master the basics. Here are five simple interview strategies to help you stay ahead of the competition.1. Do Your HomeworkResearch the organization thoroughly. Know what that organization's mission statement is, when it was founded, who key staff members are, and most importantly why you want to work there.2. Mind Your Body LanguageYou have 14 seconds to make a lasting first impression. Give a sincere smile, look the interviewer in the eye, have a confident, self-assured posture, and master a firm handshake (but not too firm!).3. Dress the PartErr on the side of professionalism. Always wear business attire like a neatly pressed, tailored suit. If you're a man, you must wear a dark blue or charcoal suit with an understated button-down shirt and a power tie with minimal pattern. For women, navy or dark gray skirt suits are preferable. Make sure your hair is pulled back and wear minimal makeup, perfume and jewelry. A little bit of a heel (but not too high!) helps boost confidence.4. Be Engaged in the ConversationYou should talk about 50% of the time and come to the interview prepared with questions about the job and what it's like to work with that company or organization.5. Follow Up!Always send a prompt thank you email as well as a sincere, handwritten note to each person you meet at the interview. Ask when you can hear back from the interviewer and follow up with that person if he or she hasn't followed through on their promise. Hiring managers get busy. Reasonable persistence demonstrates that you really want the job. >
Resumes That Open Doors
October 15, 2010
Resumes That Open Doors
Resumes That Open DoorsBy: Meghann Olshefski, Director, Employment Placement ServiceThe right resume, a little networking, and an aggressive self-marketing strategy can get you the interview you're waiting for in the conservative movement.To ensure that your resume stands out among the dozens of applicants applying for the job that you want, you need to spend considerable time organizing your accomplishments to accentuate your strengths. Did you know that most resumes only get 14 seconds of attention from a hiring manager? Here are several tips to make sure your resume gets noticed.• Limit your resume to one page (regardless of your experience level.) This way, you can prioritize the information and highlight only the jobs you are most proud of and that are the most relevant.• Frontload critical information “above the fold.” Include a Professional Profile or Summary at the top of the page that lists your top 3 to 4 skills, strengths and accomplishments in bulleted form. This section quickly tells an employer that you have the skills and qualifications that he/she is looking for in an employee.• Include a Work Experience section that blends paid and volunteer positions. Begin every bulleted point with a powerful action verb, like, “Motivated 27 volunteers…”, “Created a proposal…,” etc… Quantify your bullet points whenever you can. Focus on results and accomplishments not tasks. Use specific numbers and offer context: “Met 113% of the goal.” If you're just graduating college, don't bury campus leadership positions at the bottom of the resume. Treat those experiences as if they were a work experience and list your accomplishments for each in bulleted form. The same goes for any political volunteer or leadership experience you have.• Presentation is key. If you're looking for a job, always have hard copies of your resume on hand, wherever you go. Use nice resume paper and never use multi-purpose copy paper. Beware of smudging ink, coffee stains and wrinkles. Your resume represents you, so make sure the overall presentation is perfect.• Be organized. Choose black, legible serif font, preferably size 12. If the font or margins are too small, the resume becomes harder to read. Bold the names of your organizations so that each work experience stands out. Be consistent in the way you format certain items. Consistency and organization is key.• Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Have a few people read your resume for errors, misspellings, and readability. Even the simplest mistakes can kill your chances of getting an interview.The Leadership Institute offers free, in-depth resume consultations. We will review your resume and offer tips for a more readable and impressive presentation. Contact Meghann Olshefski today to set up an in-person, over-the-phone, or via-email consultation today. >
LI to Bring Back the Writing Workshop this Month!
Lauren Hart
October 6, 2010
LI to Bring Back the Writing Workshop this Month!
Are you a conservative trying to break into journalism? Do you want the tools necessary to more effectively combat the liberal media. The Leadership Institute's Writing Workshop on October 19-20 is ideal for both conservatives who are looking to work in journalism and those looking to hone their craft. If you are interested in working for a conservative publication - online or offline - or in the press department of a congressional office, think tank, or a non-profit, this two-evening workshop is for you.Top-notch professionals will teach you the ins and outs of journalism so that you can succeed! Topics covered, include: • Professional writing techniques for publication• Writing an op-ed and press release• Breaking into conservative journalism• Getting others to read your workRegister now and take the first step to break into journalism! The workshop is $75, and with the early registration discount until October 8th, you can register today for only $50! >
Wake Up Right with LI
September 30, 2010
Wake Up Right with LI
Join the Leadership Institute on Wednesday, October 6th for breakfast with Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the polling company inc./Woman Trends. Ms. Conway will be addressing LI's monthly Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast. Registration is only $15 and covers breakfast, which is served at 7:30 am. The program kicks off at 8. Come out and join your friends at LI for food and fellowship this coming Wednesday. Register today!>
Campaign School this Saturday in Radford, VA
Lauren Hart
September 16, 2010
Campaign School this Saturday in Radford, VA
The Leadership Institute will host a campaign school in Radford, Virginia this Saturday, September 18 at 8:30 a.m. for volunteers, community activists, elected or party officials, current or future candidates, and campaign managers training them to win a campaign.The campaign school helps activists to “be more effective and energized in the 2010 elections,” LI's Grassroots Activist Schools Coordinator Chris Doss said.Sessions are taught by experienced professionals, including Morton Blackwell, founder and president of the Leadership Institute. LI hosted a similar campaign school this past Saturday, September 11 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Thirty-four students were trained on how to present a compelling message, conduct direct voter contact through door-to-door efforts, handle negative information, and get out the vote.Registration includes a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with presentations beginning at 9 a.m. Students can register free with the discount code “liberty.” Join us in the fight to restore limited government and the vision of our founders. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/School.cfm?SchoolID=16721 >
Learn How to Get Your Message Out and Look Good Doing it!
September 2, 2010
Learn How to Get Your Message Out and Look Good Doing it!
The Leadership Institute's television training workshops are the premier training grounds for conservatives who seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of their on-air media strategy. Attendees learn how to look good, sound good, and tailor their messages for tv. Take advantage of LI's Introduction to Techniques and On-Camera Workshops on September 17th. Register today!>
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