If you’ve ever wanted to work in Trump’s White House all your dreams are about to come true. Lucky for you, the White House is actively recruiting. That’s right, all you have to do is head on over to their job fair, and you could be one of the White House’s newest employees.
Here’s why President Donald Trump’s White House is recruiting for new employees at a job fair.
The White House job fair
An email was sent to Republicans for an Executive Branch Job Fair for positions in several departments, including Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, the Treasury, and more, reports Politico. The White House is recruiting for all job levels, so if you’re just starting out in your political career, have no worries. Just bring your resume, a smile, a good attitude, and unwavering loyalty to Donald Trump. You should also be good at ironing suits (just in case).
According to the email announcement, “representatives from across the Trump administration will be there to meet job seekers of every experience level.” An insider said Johnny DeStefano, manager of the White House personnel department, and Sean Doocey, a deputy assistant to the president for presidential personnel, would be present at the job fair, which took place on June 15, 2018, in addition to other White House staffers, according to Politico.
Is this common practice?
No, it isn’t common practice at all. It is unusual for the White House to hold a job fair. This shows the hiring managers are desperate to fill vacancies created by the mass exodus. A former Obama administration official told Politico it would have been surprising during Obama’s administration to hold a job fair and that White House jobs were seldom listed on UsaJobs.Gov, which is the federal government’s official job search site.
What you need to get the job
Do you have what it takes to work in the Trump White House? According to the job advertisement, two requirements to get a White House gig are to be competent and conservative. “There are positions currently open and we are looking for the most competent conservatives to recommend,” said the job fair flyer.
Considering many of Trump’s current and former staff members had little or no political experience, we’re guessing the recruiters will be lenient on the requirement for competence.
Some think working at the White House is a bad move
Some have described the White House experience as “pure madness,” reports The Washington Post. In his book A Higher Loyalty, James Comey, Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Donald Trump was unethical and similar to a mob boss.
In addition, retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey told The Washington Post he believes the president lacks judgment. Said McCaffrey, “Trump’s judgment is fundamentally flawed, and the more pressure put on him and the more isolated he becomes, I think, his ability to do harm is going to increase.”
Why the job fair is happening
The White House has been having a tough time holding onto employees these days. There has been a new departure, or rumors of departures, just about every month. One of the most shocking resignations so far was former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. A recent Brookings analysis found 34% of White House senior staffers either quit or moved into new positions during Trump’s first year in office. This compares to 9% during President Obama’s first year.
The latest rumor is that White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are planning to resign soon, according to CBS News. However, Sanders vehemently denies she’s eyeing the exit. She recently posted a message on Twitter, saying the reports are false and she has no plans to leave. Tweeted Sanders: “Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my ‘plans to leave the WH’ without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS.”
Why is there so much turnover in the Trump White House?
Donald Trump has a reputation for hiring people who remain loyal to him. Consequently, one reason for turnover could be hiring team members who were unfit to fill their positions. Brookings Institute’s Kathryn Dunn Tenpas proposes Trump’s preference for loyalty over experience may have resulted in staffers becoming overwhelmed and then leaving because of their inability to the job. Said Tenpas:
One factor was the president’s focus on loyalty over qualifications. Since the president relied on many of his connections in the private sector and was reluctant to hire those who opposed him during the campaign, the absence of prior White House experience among the ranks of the senior staff was glaring. In addition, the insurgent-like features of the Trump campaign and the relatively small campaign staff limited the pool of experienced applicants. While it created new opportunities for many individuals who had not previously worked in the White House, such inexperience may have led to poor performance and a slew of first-year departures.
Are job fairs even worth it anymore?
It doesn’t hurt to attend a job fair, but it shouldn’t be your primary means of getting a job interview. “Truly unadvertised openings are in managers’ heads. Even HR doesn’t know about them yet. So skip the places where HR clerks hang out (job fairs). Instead, go where the hiring managers and their employees go: professional conferences, trade shows, and training courses. Get ahead of your competitors rather than stand behind them,” advises career expert Nick Corcodilos on his site Ask the Headhunter.
Don’t forget to tap your network, ask for informational interviews, and spread the word to friends and family that you’re looking for a job. Although internet job boards are also helpful, you shouldn’t rely on them too heavily, either.
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