Frequently Asked Questions on the House Democrats’ Official Online Resume Bank

last updated 9/20/16

For members of the public who want to work for a House Democrat: 

  • How do I enter the Resume Bank?
    • Fill out required fields on the public form, including uploading a DOC or PDF of your cover letter, full resume, and references, and click submit.
  • How can the Resume Bank help me?
    • The Resume Bank provides you an opportunity to have your resume viewable by all current House Democratic staff. It also provides you with the opportunity to receive personalized recommendations from any current House offices or staff, which are then visible to all current House offices and staff. 
  • How can I optimize the chance of getting a job through the Resume Bank?
    • The best way to have your resume viewed by more offices is through personalized recommendations, since the default sort for all views and search results for offices browsing the bank is the number of recommendations a resume has. 
    • Also, when offices browse the Resume Bank, they primarily do so through searches, and they have a search option for every question that is asked on the public form. So, the more qualifications you have, the more likely you are to satisfy different searches. For example, Spanish-speaking, connections to California, and previous Hill experience are often-selected queries. 
  • What is the difference between an office recommendation and a staffer recommendation? 
    • Office recommendations are for applicants who have personal connections to the Member of Congress or the office as a whole. They are most often written for individuals who have previously worked or interned for that office. Individual recommendations are for any personal connections current staffers may have to applicants. They are most often written for former co-workers, but also for more personal relationships like family or friends. 
    • Office recommendations are weighted slightly more heavily than personally recommendations in determining the default sort on all views when browsing the bank. 
  • Will my resume, references, and answers to all the questions asked on the public form be visible to all 4,000+ House Democratic staffers?
    • Yes, they will. That is the only way to enable personalized recommendations, and to maximize the odds of an office seeing your resume. 
    • The one exception to this is if you check the box indicating you are a current staffer, then your resume will be visible to all current House Democratic staffers EXCEPT those within your current House office. 
  • How long should my resume be?
    • Most Hill offices strongly prefer resumes to not exceed one or two pages long.
  • How long will my resume stay in the bank?
    • Your resume will remain in the bank for 3 months. Once 3 months old, your resume will be automatically archived. You will receive an email telling you that it has been archived, and inviting you to update it to remain active. 
  • How can I update my resume? Or how can I update the answers to the questions that I previously submitted? This could result from either having new information, or because my resume was just archived.
    • The only way to update any of your information is to resubmit all of your information and check the box at the bottom indicating that this is an updated submission. 
    • This will overwrite all of your submission except for any personalized recommendations you have. You must make sure to use the same primary email address to maintain your recommendations. 
  • How can I delete my resume from the bank? 
    • You cannot, but it will auto-archive itself 3 months after posting and will then be invisible/inaccessible to all. 
    • If you have an urgent need to remove you resume from the bank, you can request a manual removal by emailing demcom@mail.house.gov
  • Why haven’t I received a call or email since entering the Resume Bank? 
    • A large majority of resume submissions will never receive a contact back from a Democratic office. Employment opportunities on the Hill are incredibly competitive and often filled through direct connections like internships or lateral moves. 
  • How many people actually got jobs through the Resume Bank between November 2012 and September 2016? 
    • We honestly do not know. We do know that over 6,000 resumes were submitted, there were over 6,300 unique visits by House Democratic staff browsing resumes (so excluding multiple page loads within an active session), and over 500 personalized recommendations left on resumes from current offices and staff. Individual job searches and hiring decisions on the Hill are managed entirely within individual offices. Anecdotally, we know that we held numerous well-attended staff briefings on how to use the Resume Bank in job searches, we have fielded many questions directly from Chiefs of Staff on using the Resume Bank, and we have received numerous thank you calls and emails from individuals who say they were hired through the Resume Bank. 
  • How can I submit a recommendation I have on how the Resume Bank could work better? 

For current House Democratic staffers who want to enter the Resume Bank for the possibility of a lateral move:

  • How can I enter the Resume Bank without upsetting my current boss? 
    • You can check the box that the bottom of public form to hide your submission from all users in your current House office. You will then be prompted to enter your House email so that the system can find you in the DemCom Directory in order to set the permissions (this is required since most current staffers use non-House emails as their primary when entering the bank). 
    • If the system has any trouble finding your DemCom account, your resume will not be visible in the bank and a DemCom administrator will be tasked with contacting you and resolving the situation. 
  • If I enter the Resume Bank, can you promise that my current boss will never find out? 
    • No, we cannot. For example, someone from another office could tell your boss that they saw you in the bank. We believe that is very unlikely, however, as it would be unfair and a violation of trust. And we would be willing to have a DemCom administrator investigate DemCom user histories if such a violation occurred. 

For current House Democratic staffers who want to use the Resume Bank to leave recommendations:

  • How do I leave a recommendation on a resume? 
    • Go to the main Resume Bank page on DemCom which can be found under Resources. When viewing any individual resume, scroll to the bottom to find options to leave a recommendation authored either by yourself or your office. 
  • Why should I leave recommendations? 
    • The number of recommendations a resume submission has is the primary sort on all views and sorts within the Resume Bank. Therefore, recommendations greatly increase the odds of a resume being viewed by a prospective office. 
  • Does every staffer have the option to leave a recommendation from their office? 
    • Yes. But that office recommendation will immediately be visible to all in both the Resume Bank and also on the office’s page in the main DemCom directory. We believe that transparency will ensure that no staffers post unapproved office recommendations. 
  • What is the difference between an office recommendation and a staffer recommendation?
    • Office recommendations are for applicants who have personal connections to the Member of Congress or the office as a whole. They are most often written for individuals who have previously worked or interned for that office. Individual recommendations are for any personal connections current staffers may have to applicants. They are most often written for former co-workers, but also for more personal relationships like family or friends.
    • Office recommendations are weighted slightly more heavily than personally recommendations in determining the default sort on all views when browsing the bank. 
  • Can House Democratic Caucuses and Staff Associations make official recommendations in the resume bank?
    • Yes, they can.  The major House Democratic Caucuses and Staff Associations can make office-level recommendations in the name of their Caucus or Association in the Resume Bank.  If they need help doing so, they should email demcom@mail.house.gov

For current House Democratic staffers who want to use the bank to help fill a position within their office:

  • How do I browse the Resume Bank? 
    • Go to the main Resume Bank page on DemCom which can be found under Resources. From there you can do custom searches from a variety of criteria that were selected in consultation with COSs, including previous Hill experience, languages proficient in, states with connections, ethnicity, military service, … etc. By default, any resumes with personalized recommendations from House offices or current staff will be displayed on top. 
  • Can I follow up on any of the individuals or offices who have left a recommendation?  
    • Sure. Simply click on the recommendation’s author to see contact information.   
  • As I am browsing through resumes, is there any way to keep track of different ones I am interested in? 
    • Yes, every user has the ability to create and manage personalized resume lists that are visible only to them. To create one, simply click on any individual resume and scroll to the very bottom where you will find the “My Resume Lists” section when you can create a new list, view other lists you have created, and add the resume you are currently viewing to any list. When viewing a full list, you will also see options to easily email or print the entire list of resumes en masse.
  • Can I get more information with actual examples of how offices have used the bank?  
    • Yes. There is a more detailed “Resume Bank User Guide” that is linked to on the top of the main Resume Bank page on DemCom. And if you have any question or suggestions, email demcom@mail.house.gov