I asked 2,000+ people who want to move to Los Angeles, “What’s your biggest struggle, and what are you doing about it?”
Today I want to talk about one of the most common struggles: Finding a job in LA before you move.
It’s normal to feel this way, especially when we’re surrounded by doubters asking:
- “How are you going to find a job in this economy?”
- “What are you going to do when you run out of money?”
- “Do you really believe you’re cut out for LA?”
We start believing our only option is to land a job first, then move. So you start cold applying to every job posting you can find. You send hundreds of resumes.
The few who reply only want to hire people who already live in LA.
The one job you’re perfect for wants you to fly in for an interview … but you can’t afford to drop everything and buy a plane ticket for a job that’s not a sure thing.
If you’re honest with yourself, you knew this is what would happen. Look at it from the employer’s shoes: Of course they want someone who lives in LA! Of course they want to meet you first!
You can keep trying this method, but chances are slim you’ll land something this way.
You have a much better chance of success if you move to LA first, then find a job.
I know it feels like a big risk. Doubly so if you have a family, or if you’re still just trying to save money.
Here’s the silver lining: It’s never been easier to get some kind of work to get started. To give you an idea, I created a list of 30 jobs you can land when you get to LA.
These jobs will help you get started while you’re looking for ways to start your career. If you’ve already started your professional career, you may feel like you’re “too good” for some of them.
Good — that’ll make you work harder to get out of it. I know from personal experience, nothing makes you want to stop waiting tables than spending hours folding napkins or getting stiffed on a tip.
But I waited tables first, before I found a job in the entertainment industry because I knew I needed time to learn the game. Why would anyone hire me when I literally had nothing to offer and no connections yet? I wasn’t just paying for rent and groceries with my tip money — I was buying time.
Where you already live in LA or you’re trying to find a job in Ohio, it’ll probably take time to land a job in your desired field. Moving to LA first is how you put some skin in the game.
And as my boy Lin Manuel Miranda says:
“When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game. But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game. Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it. You get nothing if you wait for it.”
So think of this list as a guide to help you think about those jobs. You can find many of these jobs on Craigslist, Indeed, or LinkedIn. Even better: When you get to LA, walk around. Talk to people. Ask about openings or opportunities.
Here’s the list: [click to continue…]