When George W. Bush became president eight years ago, about 90,000 people applied for jobs in his administration. That’s about a quarter, however, of the people who are looking for a way into President-elect Barack Obama’s administration.
The count: Over 350,000 resumes have been submitted online, according to the Obama transition team. The problem is there are only an estimated three to four thousand jobs available.
Some federal employment specialists say the record number of applicants can be attributed in part to the current state of the economy.
“A lot of people want to work in a stable environment” says Kathryn Troutman, founder of The Resume Place. “They really don’t know where else to go to look for a job that’s stable and steady and would have potential — so I think the economy is one thing.”
But many experts say the record number of applicants is primarily a reflection of Obama‘s overwhelming appeal.
That’s why Loryn Wilson uploaded her resume to Change.gov.
“I definitely feel the call to serve and to do something that is directly related to causes I care about,” she said.
Wilson is a recent graduate of The George Washington University in Washington. She has a bachelors degree in English, and speaks enthusiastically of working for the new president.
“I would actually like to work for the press secretary or the communications director. Ideally I’d be working on the White House side or maybe working for Michelle Obama in her communications shop,” she said.
The flood of applicants aren’t just college graduates. People at various stages of their professional lives are taking a long hard look at federal jobs.