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Mr. President-elect, May I Have a Job?

Obama team flooded with requests from job-seekers

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    A member of the Obama transition team said things have gotten so crazy that he's had to give his own mother strict instructions on how to deal with people who are trying to get to him through her.

    The cabinet-level positions aren't the only jobs available in President-elect Barack Obama's administration, and the transition team says it's being flooded with high-level job-seekers.

    Those looking for a job in the Obama White House -- already at 310,000 -- far surpasses the requests for George W. Bush's administration, with 44,000 and Bill Clinton's, with 125,000.

    Officials predict they could be in receipt of up to 1 million job seekers by the time Obama takes office Jan. 20.

    Going through all of those resumes is "going to take a while," Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod said.

    "There are a lot of people that want to work in the administration. That's great," Axelrod said. "It's great for us. It's great for the country. I think it speaks of a rekindled sense of idealism. It's a good thing."

    A member of the Obama transition team said things have gotten so crazy that he's had to give his own mother strict instructions on how to deal with people who are trying to get to him through her.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, however, there are only about 8,000 non-career service positions available.