Job Hunt Drags On for Obama Faithful

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 12:41 PM CDT
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)
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(Newser) – 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.”