“So what do you do?” That’s a common refrain in Washington, DC. And it’s a question that you’ve probably heard more than once. It could also be a key indication that the person asking doesn’t care a thing about you.
In this town, you sort of have to put up with the tedious, self-important job talk, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. To better navigate the network-crazed world that is DC, here are ways you can talk and act like a normal human being while still doing your super-important, top-secret job.
Whatever you do, don’t name-drop
No one’s impressed that you used to report directly to former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, or inherited a cubicle from Biden’s second cousin, twice removed.
If you MUST name-drop, don’t do it right away
Fine, so you have this AMAZING Hillary story that’s just too good to keep bottled up inside. At least don’t be too eager to march right out with it among strangers. Wait for your moment.