NYC or any Media Folks – help!

9 03 2010

Hi everyone,
I need some advice for breaking through the great wall of large entertainment company job sites.  I’ve applied for countless jobs on the big tv networks’ job sites and sadly, never heard anything back.  This doesn’t really surprise me, though, knowing how competitive of an industry it is.  Every time, I tell myself “this is another dead end,” but still feel compelled to send an application online anyway. And I do. And nothing happens. So here I am.

Clearly I’m doing something wrong here, since my resume is getting lost in the sea of other resumes submitted through career sites.  I continue to try to network as much as possible, but sometimes it just feels shameless and I become semi embarrassed about my constant groveling. A mentor suggested I let him know when I see a job that looks appealing (at any company) but how many times is it okay to ask a mentor for help, or to “pass your resume” along to someone else in a position of power?

Another friend suggested that I go on linked in to look up the hiring managers and to email them directly if I see a job that I want.  I’ve done that a few times now, and am yet to get a response.  Is doing that inappropriate? Or is it actually tenacious and a good way to get an interview?

Also, has anyone tried sending actual snail mail to a company to get an interview? This seems like a very last resort, but if it will get me noticed by HR, I’m not opposed!

Alright, I’m open to any and all (well, almost all) suggestions, so please share your advice and experiences!





To Link, or not to link? That is the question.

16 02 2009

When people find out that you lost your job, something they like to do is to give you  unsolicited advice.   One thing I keep hearing over and over again is that I should  join LinkedIn.com.  And to be honest, I’ve resisted. And I don’t even know why I’ve resisted.  I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Asmallworld, etc, but Linked In just feels weird to me. I think it boils down to the fact that I’m skeptical of the whole magical recruiters contacting you myth. Oh, and it feels like it’s for grownups, which I, (at 23), mostly certainly am not. How rude.

 

But hey, since my job search isn’t exactly going swimmingly, I’m willing to give LinkedIn a try. I joined it tonight, made my little profile and asked some people to be my friends.  Since I’m still in the pretty early stages of my career, my profile isn’t all that impressive though. So I remain skeptical.  I guess only time will tell what, if anything LinkedIn will do for me. 

So, I’m just wondering…has anyone out there actually had a positive experience from LinkedIn?   (Positive being job or interview-getting experience).  Let me know if you have, or have not – I’m curious.

 

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