Recently I applied for a job that includes a lot of interpersonal interactions with customers. I have no/little work experience (still at university). But I do have quite a lot of experience volunteering at a political organisation, which is almost entirely about interpersonal relationships: Working with diverse people (including difficult ones), approaching strangers, etc. The political organisation is strongly hated in some circles, but there are also areas (urban) where a majority supports it.
I decided to include it based on some speculation about the hiring manager's political orientation (based on demographics and knowledge about the company, mostly).
That went well (I got the job), but is there some more strategic approach to this? I guess once I have some more neutral work experience I should leave the potentially damaging experience off the cv? But what if the controversial work still makes up half of my experience in 10 years time?
Because I will keep working political jobs (paid or unpaid), but don't want to lock myself into doing only political jobs.