So, I am by no an expert at GETTING a job. But I have become an expert at finding where jobs are. To date, I've sent out about 800 resumes/query letters, etc. And has a grand total of 1 interview. However, i did find 800 jobs/companies. So, here's my beginner's guide to hollywood job search.
a-don't be underqualified.
b-don't be overqualified.
c-you are not qualified.
But, there are a lot of places to look (please, do not join one of those pay job search sites):
-www.craigslist.org (just the jobs section, not the gigs)
-www.variety.com (the biz)
-the Creative directory( Query, Query, Query)
-the UTA job list (Don't let anyone tell you it doesn't exist...it does)
-Networking Groups (Jeff Gund; firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up) Try to hit up as many as possible as much as possible.
-Employment Agencies that specialize in Entertainment (http://www.alumni.berkeley.edu/Alumni/Career_Services/Articles//Networking_in_Hollywood.asp, a good list of them I'm currently checking out).
It's really all about hitting the pavement. In my first week I made really good contacts, now this week I have to make more, and more, and more, and more. And that's how the game is played.