Groups Go High-Tech in Push for Obama Jobs

Groups modernize process of sorting resumes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 2:10 PM CST
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, works the phones with volunteers in the local campaign field office in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Special interest groups eager to cement plum spots in the Obama administration are using private websites and online databases to angle for positions, Politico reports. Instead of tossing their résumés onto the pile at, savvy applicants are casting their lots with these groups, which pore over the resumes and pitch the cream of the crop. There’s no sign it’ll work, but in a field of 320,000 applicants, any edge helps.

Top applicants are seeking endorsements from multiple groups, answering questions online, and otherwise opening themselves up to public scrutiny. “You are going to have to put together a campaign to get into the administration,” said the executive director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, one of 20 women’s groups holding an online résumé drive. “You have to be shameless, really.”