Kum-ba-yah Hollywood Resumes readers! It’s time for a motivational blog post. If you’ve been feeling down about the job search lately, read on.
One of the biggest problems that a job seeker can face is a lack of confidence. Self-doubt can really get in the way of your job search, possibly more than you realize. Many people may tell you that you don’t stand a chance in ultra-competitive Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them! If there’s a job you really want, you should go for it!
Especially when applying for entry-level positions, it’s important to remind yourself of the value you bring to the table. Guess what? Being an assistant isn’t all that difficult, at least on a skill level, and if you’ve ever completed an internship, graduated from college, or held some form of employment, you’re probably qualified to cover a desk. In any low-level pay-your-dues-type of position, you’re perfectly capable of handling any task that’s thrown at you. Don’t forget that.
Also, make sure you’re applying for jobs that are appropriate for your experience level. If you’re a recent grad with multiple entertainment industry internships under your belt, you’re ready to be an assistant – you don’t need to apply for a receptionist position. And if you’ve been an assistant for three years, you should be going for coordinator positions. Think about your skills and talents, and find a job that aligns with them.
Don’t get caught up in the negativity that can overwhelm the Hollywood job search, and don’t let anyone hold you back. You’ll have to be persistent, but reach for the stars – it’s the only way you’ll find a job that makes you happy.
--Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan
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