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How to Become a Political Lobbyist

BY: Career Advice | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2010-12-09 21:47:24
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Article Summary: "Though many do not think of lobbying as a profession, it is a profession in its own right. Read on as to how to become a lobbyist..."

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There are lobbyists present in each and every country. They have a very specific role to play in the society. These are the people who are mainly involved in making sure that they have their way in various government related laws and other decisions. These lobbyists may work for a particular company or an industry as a whole. When this is the case, these people are called as corporate lobbyists. There are also instances where these people may be involved in other activities and may work for some nonprofit company. So, their job is to make sure that the company or organization that they work for has the best of the laws formulated which help their own company.

Though the government and the people who work in the government may not heed the advice of the lobbyists, there are many influential people in the profession who try to change the way the government acts. There is also a lot of underhand activities that are undertaken by some people in this profession so that they are rewarded by the industry for changing the way the government makes decisions on certain laws. There are certain steps in the person to become a part of this profession and they are here.

1. Background:

Any person will not be able to excel as a professional in this field. The person needs to have certain basic skills and also background knowledge and information. The person needs to be god in laws and so lawyers will excel in this job. Similarly, the person should also have a lot of contacts within the government. This will help the industry to have their way to an extent. To make sure that this is possible, the person has to have either a lot of government contacts or the person can be a politician.

2. Contacts and identifying needs:

A lobbyist should be a person who is able to identify the needs of a certain industry and capitalize on it. Even the governmental appointments and transfers are made on the representation of a person in this profession. This is an important job and the person also needs a lot of contacts. The political affiliation of a particular person should not come in the way of lobbying.

3. Registration:

There are also rules based on which these people need to work. There are many states and governments that have a specific role for the people in the profession. Any person who is being paid more than a particular amount for the lobbying need to register themselves with the government. This will prevent various kinds of malpractices from occurring and the officials will not be unduly influenced into changing the decisions to benefit a particular industry or a company.

4. Attending events:

The person who is in this profession should also make sure that they are able to meet a lot of people. This is because this will help them to keep in touch with a lot of people. The lobbyist should be able to have acquaintance with not only politicians, but also people from various industries and also the lawmakers as this will help in the profession of the person.

These are the various steps that a person needs to take to be a part of this profession. Lobbyists have a great role to play in the various laws that are made by the government.

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