Your job search starts with knowing where to look for open roles. It’s true that many entertainment roles (particularly project-based roles) are “hidden jobs,” meaning they get filled through word of mouth rather than job postings, but there are plenty of places to find job postings you can proactively apply to!
One of the most well-known resources is the UTA job list. Once upon a time, it was a secret list that got passed around the agency and inner Hollywood circles (sort of like the hidden jobs referenced above). Now, it’s distributed widely through email lists and Facebook groups and posted on blogs. It primarily features internships and entry-level positions, but there are occasionally more senior roles posted as well. This can be a good resource for finding postings -- just be sure to act quickly if one interests you, as these postings attract hundreds of applicants.
For production and crew roles, you can check out Staff Me Up, ProductionHub, and Mandy.com. Another way to find these roles is to read through Production Bulletin and identify upcoming projects that you can reach out to. Your local film office may have production listings as well.
For in-house roles, we recommend checking the careers pages of companies you’re most interested in. Not all companies are large enough to have a careers page, though, and you may want to expand your search to include companies you may not have heard of but who have interesting opportunities. EntertainmentCareers.Net, Hollylist, tracking-board.com, and trackingb.com are exclusively catered to industry postings (again, primarily internship and assistant/coordinator level), but there are plenty of mainstream job sites that have entertainment jobs as well. In recent years, Indeed has become a useful source for finding entertainment jobs, and you can set up daily email notifications that contain postings curated based on your interests.
We're also big advocates of LinkedIn for many reasons, but in terms of finding open postings, LinkedIn’s algorithm is very well-programmed to identify jobs that match your profile and recent searches, so as you look at jobs on LinkedIn, you’ll get recommendations for similar roles delivered to your inbox. Additionally, Google Careers is an effective tool, as it combs through employers' websites for you. Simply type in the role type or company type into the search bar, and you’ll see a filterable list of job postings from across the web that match. You can automate your job search a bit more if you set up alerts for your search terms.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you can use your network to find open roles. There are tons of Facebook groups and tracking boards dedicated to different sectors of the entertainment industry, and people will often post openings there. Your LinkedIn newsfeed will likely have a few posts from folks in your extended network, so scroll through semi-regularly to see who’s hiring. Alumni groups, college career centers, and professional organizations will often have job boards as well.
There are plenty of places to find Hollywood jobs! As you scroll through the postings, make sure to narrow your search to the open roles that match your skills, interests, and qualifications, then tailor your resume to the posting, and you’ll be in good shape
-- Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan