Five ways to get your entry-level Hollywood dream job without sending cookies to a potential employer
For every story of someone getting the job because they sent cupcakes to their dream employer, there are a dozen where this type of gimmick made the wrong impression. Sending treats to someone after they buy your script or bringing in donuts during your first week on the job is fine and always appreciated, but blindly sending cookies to get your resume read will typically result in the hiring manager questioning your judgment and spending habits. Instead, use any or all of the following strategies to increase your chances of landing an interview:
1. Tell everyone you know it's your dream company.
2. Mine your college alumni networks to see if anyone you know works there, or simply cold email alumni and mention your alma mater.
3. Use LinkedIn to see who you know that could connect you to someone in the company for an informational interview, or, if there's an active job listing, to someone in HR or the department that's hiring. Work your six degrees here.
4. Figure out the company's email format, cold email someone in your dream department, and politely ask for an informational interview. If you can make a good impression early on, you'll be top of mind when a position opens up.
5. Impress the hiring manager by sending in a killer resume and cover letter when there's a job opening.
While a fancy dessert basket may be a fast and easy way to get a person's attention, some strategic effort will make a stronger, lasting impression and is less likely to backfire. You'd rather be Jenny, the girl that was really smart over coffee, than the desperate chick that sent the donuts.
-- Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan