Idea: Resumes for Politicians

by capybaralet1 min read3rd Dec 20202 comments



Politicians are marketed to us like products.
But they should actually be thought of like job applicants.
I'd like to make it a norm that they submit a "job application".
This is a project that I imagine a small (e.g. one-person) org could do a good of.

It would be nice to see what politicians have actually accomplished, in a compressed and informative format.
The job application should include things like:
* a resume
* a cover letter
* a statement of what you intend to accomplish -- and how
* a short list of campaign priorities (e.g. 3)
I imagine this being a bit like applying for an academic position.

Here are some steps to take:
* get some domain names
* make a standard "job application" form with input from experts
* publicize it

A key component of this is to make the resume accurate and informative.  I think accuracy would be incentivized if this took off because you'd have a lot of eyes on them. I think informativeness could be fostered by having a very standardized format.  This would probably be a big part of the value-add (along with having them centralized).  

With more funds, it would be possible to create resumes for politicians who don't participate, which might help pressure them to participate.

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A variety of different organizations have attempted projects like this in the past and have struggled to generate interest in participating among political candidates. For the most well-known, see:

Thanks for that! 
I'm interested if you have other examples.

This one looks similar, but not that similar.  The whole framing/vision is different.

When I visit their webpage, the message I get is: "hey, do you maybe want to opt in to this thing to tell us about yourself because you can't get any real publicity?"

The message I want to send is: "Politicians are job candidates; why don't we make them apply/grovel for a job like everyone else?