Let me start off by saying I have a lot of different work and life experience. Some of the jobs I’ve held include flight attendant, legal assistant, medical assistant, catering & events manager, sales manager, communications director, and server/bartender.
So when I say I have a number of transferable skills, it’s not an exaggeration. These skills have definitely come in handy while working on an election campaign. One thing you should know about campaigns? It’s all hands on deck. There is no room for people to hold back or to wait for someone else to do a task. You have to be ready to jump in to help get the job done. In the end, it’s all about getting your candidate elected.
You night be wondering how my jobs have helped me in my work on election campaigns. Here’s just a few of the tasks I’ve accomplished in the past few weeks and what job those skills were taken from:
- Planned a fundraiser from start to finish (Catering & Events Manager)
- Written several social media plans (Communications Director)
- Transcribed notes (Legal/Medical Assistant)
- Help manage volunteers (Sales Manager/Catering & Events Manager/Flight Attendant)
- Data entry/collection/sorting (Legal Assistant/Medical Assistant/Sales Manager)
- Talked with voters (Server/Bartender/Catering & Events Manager/Flight Attendant)
- Organized the campaign office (Serving & Bartending/Catering & Events Manager/Flight Attendant/Legal/Medical Assistant)
Of the many things my jobs have had in common, I think the most important was my willingness to chip in and do more than was asked of me. In the end, the number one skill I’ve brought to politics is my ability to interact with people and make them feel appreciated. Because in the end, politics is all about the people.