| March 11, 2014, 11:13 a.m.
It’s no news to anyone that Capitol Hill’s close quarters and young staffers produce some intraoffice dating scenarios. It’s only newsworthy when the congressman’s involved, but what happens when it’s just two lonely legislative assistants, quietly getting together after hours? Hill Navigator has some advice for everyone involved — bystanders included.
| March 5, 2014, 5:01 a.m.
Has the Capitol Dome dimmed just a bit? Does the thought of constituent mail turn your stomach? Re-election leaving you glum? Perhaps Capitol Hill is not for you. But how to approach those contacts that helped you land that coveted job in the first place? Hill Navigator discusses.
| March 4, 2014, 12:48 p.m.
Each of us has a short list tucked away someplace: the handful of people who say nice things about us and are willing to serve as recommendations. By their very nature, recommendations are favorably biased–we’re more likely to provide the names of the people who view us as successes, rather than failures, so this is a less a scientific examination and more of a praise-a-thon. But what if you want to use your member of Congress’ office on your short list, even if your internship was back in the days of Speaker Dennis Hastert? Hill Navigator discusses.
| March 3, 2014, 11:36 a.m.
Hill Navigator is not yet finished talking about breast-feeding on Capitol Hill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data showing a decline of toddler obesity, citing increased rates of breast-feeding as a likely cause. And for more good news, the original article about staffers pumping milk on Capitol Hill garnered sufficient reaction to merit another dedicated post: this time about the Library of Congress.
| Feb. 26, 2014, 11:22 a.m.
“As a congressional staffer, you don’t really know what you’re talking about. You’re better off just admitting it.”
| Feb. 26, 2014, 11:22 a.m.
Public service isn’t easy. Once upon a time it was lauded as a job with cushy benefits and easy hours, but talk to anyone who works on Capitol Hill or for a government agency, and you’ll find their experience indicates the opposite. In every branch of government there are smart, motivated, hard-working, high-achieving staffers who could be doubling their salary in the private sector. And yet they choose to stay.*
| Feb. 26, 2014, 11:22 a.m.
“Understand that people you are dealing with are human and to treat them that way, especially the staff. Aides to politicians don’t sign up for doing damage control on a sex scandal.”
| Feb. 19, 2014, 11:54 a.m.
Few things hold more promise than that coveted Washington, D.C., internship. Whether it’s on Capitol Hill, K Street, or even the White House, your internship badge often marks the foray into the much-discussed, overly analyzed, and difficult-to-access world of Washington politics. But what if your internship isn’t taking you where you want to go? Hill Navigator discusses.
| Feb. 12, 2014, 4:14 p.m.
It’s a well-known fact of life for any Capitol Hill staffer: Getting packages delivered is nearly impossible.
| Feb. 11, 2014, 1:55 p.m.
So you’ve done it. Somehow — whether through good luck, hard work, a huge risk or just a big, karma-esque reward — you’ve landed your dream job. The pay is great, the hours are what you want, the experience is rewarding, and by all measures you’re succeeding in the role.
| Feb. 4, 2014, 1:33 p.m.
Nothing says Capitol Hill like young people in suits. The speaker’s announced policy for the 113th Congress states that staffers must be in “appropriate business attire” on the House floor, so this ups the ante on how staffers dress on a daily basis. Confused about what to wear? Hill Navigator discusses.
| Feb. 4, 2014, 1:24 p.m.
It was inevitable.
| Jan. 29, 2014, 1:36 p.m.
Internships can lead to great things. But what if you’re interning with an organization that you’d rather not attach your name to? Just how damaging might a Google search be? Hill Navigator discusses.
| Jan. 27, 2014, 1:01 p.m.
It’s the congressional Super Bowl: Once a year, the nation tunes in to watch the House floor as members, senators, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet secretaries, dignitaries, VIPs and some lucky invitees get together for the president’s annual speech. And sometimes, if you look closely at the edge of the network camera shots, you can spot one of the many congressional staffers on the scene.
| Jan. 23, 2014, 1:22 p.m.
Thinking about graduate school? Sure, you could join the ranks of the JDs seeking employment, but what if you want something less traditional for government, like an MBA? Hill Navigator discusses below.
| Jan. 15, 2014, 4:03 p.m.
“This is a business. And we keep punishing ourselves by eliminating the tools necessary to run our businesses properly.”
| Jan. 14, 2014, 1:52 p.m.
Is there no end to the joys of being a staff assistant? Apparently not, for the entry-level job soon wears out its welcome, even for the most patient and loyal of staffers. So how do you decide when it’s time to leave? And how do you go about making that leap as smoothly as possible?
| Jan. 13, 2014, 5:45 p.m.
My colleague Hannah Hess has the story in Tuesday’s Roll Call: According to the Congressional Management Foundation, the recent changes to the health care benefits are taking such a toll on senior staffers that many want to leave. “Anywhere but here” seems to be echoing through the halls of the Capitol. Nearly 4 in 10 of the chiefs of staff and district directors surveyed expect to look for a job outside the office in the next 12 months.
| Jan. 9, 2014, 1:16 p.m.
The House has mail.house.gov and the Senate has that ubiquitous underscore that never quite caught on with the rest of the email world. But sometimes those gmail and Yahoo accounts prevail in job listings. Worried that this could be anything less than official business? Hill Navigator discusses below.
| Jan. 7, 2014, 2:32 p.m.
It happens to the best of us: Sometime, somewhere, you’ll leave a job under less than ideal circumstances. Some people may call this being “fired.” Other euphemisms include: layoff, downsize, time off for family reasons and “I quit.”