It’s that glorious time of year again when Congress adjourns for 5 weeks and the rest of DC catches up on sleep, Facebook stalking, long lunch breaks, and happy hours. August Recess, or as we’ve heard some congress members call it, “Congressional District Work Period” (totally) is sometimes pitched as a 5 week opportunity for all hill staffers to buckle down, catch up on work, and get ahead for the push of fall elections. We’ve got a hunch that it’s more like a well deserved Capitol Hill reprieve.

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It seems like everyday we have a new politician announcing their candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. Is there some sort of unwritten guide that us common folk haven’t cued in on? We nailed down a few key steps that will surely have you on your way to joining the federal government as an elected official, whether in the Oval Office or House Office Buildings.

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When you work on the Hill, certain tasks can take over the time you spend at the job. You’re not exempt from this if you don’t actually work for a Senator or Representative on the Hill, either. The Capitol Hill reporter gets sidetracked too. We asked former and current Hill reporters how their time is spent at work. This week, we have how a Capitol Hill reporter’s day can sometimes be divided.

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When you work on the Hill, certain tasks can take over the time you spend at the job. We put the call out to our chief of staff friends to ask how their time is spent at work. This week, we have how a Capitol Hill chief of staff’s day can sometimes be divided.

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When you work on the Hill, certain tasks can take over the time you spend at the job. We polled our press secretary and former press secretary friends to ask how their time is or was spent at work. This week, we have how a Capitol Hill press secretary’s day can sometimes be divided.

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