Eloy Martinez, staff director for the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, said looking for a Hill job requires patience and not getting discouraged.
"The opportunity to bring groups in and give them a voice and an opportunity to express their concerns in front of the Senators is not something I take lightly," Martinez said. "These [Senators] are people with power, and not all of these groups have the voice that I think they need. And for me, I liked reaching out to those who don't necessarily have the access and providing that."
For others looking to get a job on the Hill, Martinez said to be patient and not to dismiss opportunities off Capitol Hill.
"Don't give up," Martinez said. "Things may seem all doom and gloom if this is your only goal, to work here immediately. It took me four years to get to Capitol Hill. ... Sometimes you have to do things to make sure to get to that goal, and don't get discouraged."
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.