The OPIA Blog

Want a job with the Obama Administration? Get in the long line.

Newly unemployed lawyers, Obama campaign workers, policy directors, or people simply interested in working for the government now that Barack Obama is in office are working overtime to find a job with the current administration and its various cabinets. The search, many are finding out, is long, laborious and not always turning up roses. This Washington Post article reveals the strong desire for government work but the inability-so far-to meet the demand. “Their collective purgatory highlights the unintended consequences of Obama’s influential calls for service. He has cultivated a yen for public service among this generation, but government jobs are limited, and the tight economy is squeezing nonprofit and charitable organizations and their donors. At the same time, the White House has an unprecedented number of applications and résumés to cull, lengthening the process.”