Let's say you are an unemployed, tech-savvy, twentysomething
who pulled the lever for Obama in 2008
in hopes of change and a steady paycheck. Now it is 2011
and you are still an unemployed, tech-savvy, twentysomething who hasn't exactly
been welcomed into the warm embrace of gainful employment by the White House's
economic policies, well fret no longer for opportunity has finally knocked!
Last week the Obama re-election campaign announced job
openings for "talented social media copywriters" to assist in the President's
online efforts to sure up his liberal base in anticipation of next year's
election. The campaign is on the hunt for "writers who can tell stories in 140
characters or less, put complex policy into Facebook-friendly terms, and help
plan and create original content that people will be compelled to share with their friends," according to PolitickerNY.com.
The opening was first announced on the liberal/Democratic
listserve "Jobs That Are Left" by the President's team last week. The posting
notes that the ideal candidate will "formulate a social media plan for specific
goals and audiences, write content for it with a clear, consistent voice, and
analyze outcomes to make the next campaign even
The post notes that openings are for social media mavens of
all experience levels, from junior staffer to seasoned experts. Salary is
commensurate with experience and qualifications, and the campaign is also
offering a benefits package.
Of course with the President's standing among the base of voters that sent him to the White House three years ago on increasingly shaky ground, this job hunt may be an opportunity for Team Obama to gauge the level of dedication and excitement among voters under the age of 35; as key a demographic as there is for Obama in next year's election.
Of course if you are someone with a wealth of social media expertise who has not been able to find or hold onto a job in the field over the last few years, it is fair to ask just how badly you want to see Barack Obama re-elected anyway. This is a question that David Axelrod and Co. hopes to see answered with a flood of resumes in the coming days and weeks, otherwise the President might have bigger worries than who will be doing his tweeting over the next few months.