And as for your own office, withholding a title change is unusual, but Iíve heard of situations where they are ďsavingĒ it up to reward an accomplishment or as an end-of-year promotion. See if itís an option down the line. Or at the very least, talk to the former senior LA and see what that person had to do to make it happen.
Q. Many Hill offices promote from within, but some do not. If Iím an intern or a staff assistant in an office that doesnít promote from within, how do I go about getting that coveted LA job in another office when Iím competing with other applicants that are already LAs?
A. I hate to tell you this ó but youíve got to get promoted. You wonít be able to make the leap from staff assistant to LA very easily ó there may be some exceptions out there, usually they involve a fellowship or masterís degree or some nontraditional role.
If your office wonít promote from within, talk to your direct supervisor and ask to take on more LA-like responsibilities and learn the skills that way. If theyíre reluctant to let you do anything out of your lane, you may need to find another office or work environment that is going to help you grow. Capitol Hill can be a fantastic place to work, but if you donít have an opportunity for growth and improvement, then youíre better off elsewhere.
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