Job Hunt Drags On for Obama Faithful

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 12:41 PM CDT
Job Hunt Drags On for Obama Faithful
The entrance to the Obama Headquarters in Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. Former Obama campaign staffers are praying for administration jobs.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The odds of getting a job in the Obama administration aren’t great—the White House has hundreds of thousands of applicants for a little more than 3000 jobs—but that hasn’t deterred young, would-be Obama-ites, the Washington Post reports. Applicants are flooding the capital, networking online and, in some cases, quitting their current jobs to join a hunt unlike any in recent memory.

“It’s a slower process than I realized,” said one former campaign worker. “I had to dip into my savings.” The administration won’t have its mid- and lower-level jobs filled until the end of summer—higher-ranking slots have to be filled first—but for many it’s worth the wait. “It was a pretty big drop-off, going from every moment of your day being filled with extraordinary purpose” to looking for work, says a former campaign field director. But for him, “it doesn’t matter how long the process takes.” (More Obama administration stories.)

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