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Trump veterans may find limited association job market

Centralization of authority by the White House makes it harder to show accomplishments, but substantive backgrounds will help


Nov. 20, 2020
By William Ehart

Despite President Donald Trump’s public assertion that he won the election, many administration staff are already looking for new opportunities, as is typical at this point in the presidential cycle. (However, the White House has reportedly threatened to fire those caught seeking jobs before Trump’s term ends, according to multiple news outlets.)

Data so far is limited but executive recruiters say the association job market may not be as favorable for Trump officials as it was for veterans of previous administrations. Associations will still value staffers with demonstrated accomplishments or experience in key areas. That said, the Trump administration seems to have been a hard place to establish a track record of achievements.