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Office Talk: Qualities to Look for in Potential Campaign Staffers

 

Building a campaign team is no small feat. Finding the right people to fill vital roles can be one of the hardest parts of setting up a campaign office; those you hire will have to be prepared to handle the fast-paced schedule and occasionally exhaustive work required to keep the movement organized and on-track. It’s often difficult to gauge whether an interviewee is up to the job they applied for – but they need to display a few basic qualities to pass muster.

 

Tenacity

Campaign staffer can’t wilt at hard work. The jobs in a campaign office often entail long hours, hard work, and sharp deadlines. Those expecting to work a set schedule and take frequent social media breaks will have to look elsewhere for a job. The ideal candidate will understand that the job requires a wholehearted commitment, and will hold steady through the period of the campaign.

 

Flexibility

Even the most organized campaign requires a great deal of flexibility from its staffers. The job often requires travel and late nights. Applicants should know that working a second job or attempting to stick to a set schedule will most likely fall to pieces within a week. Recruiters need to through sort their applicants for people who can commit and have flexible enough schedules to work with a campaign’s intense scheduling needs.

 

Creativity

The best campaign staffers are those who can think outside the box and be creative under pressure. Sometimes, new ideas are just the thing to jumpstart a  static strategy and put new life into engagement efforts. Managers should look for staffers who can be thoughtful and innovative while working productively within the campaign’s organizational structure.

 

Intelligence

Staffers must be intelligent, have excellent instincts, and possess the requisite technical and interpersonal skills for their position. The ideal candidate is able to juggle their responsibilities with poise, intelligence, and charisma, and work productively within the team. The best staffers will face problems rationally, and offer methodical solutions in a timely manner. Moreover, their emotional intelligence must be as sharp as their book smarts; given the interpersonal nature of the job, staffer will often need to engage productively with stressed staffers, argumentative community members, and alert reporters.

 

There’s no doubt about it – picking the right people for positions in a campaign office is difficult. But campaign managers who put in the extra effort to build a strong team will find their work rewarded with a better-organized and more productive office.

Is the Timing Right? Knowing When to Start a Political Campaign

Depending what office you’re running for and where you live, people start campaigning at various different times. The more popular you are, the more likely you’ll be voted for, so you’ll need to get your name out there. When you run for office, it’s likely you’ll be running against big names in the community who have lots of connections, especially if you’re young. Instead of feeling discouraged, here are some tactics you can use that will help you win the election!

Start a year in advance

The sooner you begin a political campaign, the better chance you have of winning your race. Start far enough ahead that you can get your name out there and use many different strategies for your campaign. Even though you have months ahead of you, avoid taking time off! As a first-time candidate, starting to campaign a year before your competition is the best way to blow them out of the water and overcome the odds, even if you’re running against well-known incumbents. Every moment is a chance for you to get the votes you need in order to increase your chances of success.

Have your campaign planned out

Starting a year ahead of time doesn’t mean planning your campaign then. Have everything planned out far in advance so you can easily implement your strategies. Here are various articles that have advice about running a political campaign. Give yourself plenty of time to sit down and do research on how to run an effective campaign and gather a team of trusted and committed people behind you for your campaign, then get started.

A few strategies to include are:

  • Forming relationships with potential supporters before you ask them for help
  • Creating an online presence (social media) to ensure viewership/candidate awareness
  • Establish a campaign bank account for marketing efforts, fundraising, advertisements, etc.

Start with door-to-door

Now, once you have a plan and a team for your campaign, you can finally start campaigning. One of the best tactics you can use, especially in a local election, is going door-to-door and talking with the people in the community. Make sure you have literature you can give them that gives information about your campaign. By starting a year ahead of time and not taking time off, you’ll likely stop at the same houses multiple times. The more you talk to people, the better they’ll remember you and when it comes to election day, you’ll be the name they connect with on the ballot.

Work on fundraising

Depending on the scale of your campaign, you might need to fundraise money. Don’t be shy about asking people for it. They can easily say no; that’s their right. Make plenty of phone calls to people you know and local businesses, and then start calling local numbers. Have a set speech to make that is short and conveys your goals. You can even hold a few fundraising events throughout the community.