Election Left You Jobless? Call in Your Coach
It can happen every two years after mid-term congressional elections — hundreds of jobs are lost while new ones are created in Washington.
This year it’s even more dramatic as control of the Senate changed party hands from Democrats to Republicans, which means major shifts in leadership jobs.
It’s a new chapter for many coming to D.C. and looking for a place to live. It can mean the end of a career, however, for those who decide to return to their home state or seek employment elsewhere in the District.
Hundreds of Jobs at Stake
The Washington Post estimates that at least 200 jobs on personal staff will be affected by Tuesday's outcome. Add to that committee aides and leadership office transition, and the number rises. In all, Hill staffers can expect to see about 500 jobs switching to Republicans.
That means job prospects may be especially bleak for out-of-work Democrats looking to transition into the private sector.
“They are really going to have to stand out,” Jim Manley, formerly outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman tells the Post. “The recent focus on K Street with hiring Republicans is only going to get more pronounced in the days and weeks to come.”
For Democrats, especially, it may be time to call in a local career coach. These coaches know all to well the nature of politics and how incumbent losses mean entire staffs are out of jobs. Of course, anyone searching for a job in the greater Washington area could benefit from their services.
Put a Career Coach in Your Corner
Career coaches are similar to life coaches, but they are experts at shifting careers and finding the perfect match for you. They are trained to ask questions about employment goals, listen closely and provide objective feedback and support.
Clients may include:
• People who've unexpectedly lost their jobs.
• Those who've been out of the workforce for an extended period.
• People struggling with their current job.
• Someone who needs help balancing a current job with a new venture.
Over several sessions, a career coach will want to know your life purpose and the type of career you're interested in, as well as your work values.
The coach will help you recognize the type of job that suits your education, ambitions and talents.
Just because those talents may be out of favor in today's Republican-controlled House and Senate doesn't meant they won't be useful down the road. The presidential and congressional elections of 2016 promise another round of job changes.