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Old 06-03-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: California
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Hello, I have been reading in some of the other threads that the job market in LA is tough. Wondering what that meant. Is it tough for everyone? For people without a college education? For people outside entertainment? What type of person can land a good job? Engineers? Finance?

Just curious. Thanks a lot
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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I don't mean to be rude in any way, but your questions have no real answers.

No, obviously its not tough for everyone - as most people are working.

Its tough for people in entertainment and its tough for people outside entertainment.

Any time of person can land a good job if they work at it and they have the right qualifications, connections, drive, education, background, personality, etc.

Some engineers are sought after, some are not. Finance is very competitive.

What exactly are you asking?
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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Hello, I have been reading in some of the other threads that the job market in LA is tough. Wondering what that meant. Is it tough for everyone? For people without a college education? For people outside entertainment? What type of person can land a good job? Engineers? Finance?

Just curious. Thanks a lot
CA as a whole has a high unemployment rate and Los Angeles is no different. However, engineers, or those with other useful degrees can land jobs in Los Angeles. I have found IT to be especially strong here.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I got in to the entertainment industry last year as a software developer completely by accident. A recruiter literally called me up off of my LinkedIn profile and lined up an interview for a job with much better pay. A week later I moved up to LA from OC and have never been happier. Now of course this doesn't happen everyday, but if you put yourself out there and you have a decent skill set and some social skills you can find work here in LA.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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I got in to the entertainment industry last year as a software developer completely by accident. A recruiter literally called me up off of my LinkedIn profile and lined up an interview for a job with much better pay. A week later I moved up to LA from OC and have never been happier. Now of course this doesn't happen everyday, but if you put yourself out there and you have a decent skill set and some social skills you can find work here in LA.
That is really a cool, positive story however, if you are an IT professional, technically, you are not really working in the Entertainment Industry, you are still in the IT field. I worked for companies in the insurance, healthcare, finance and legal fields but I never though I worked in the healthcare, insurance, legal, etc. field.
I do agree with others, despite salary drops and increased competition, IT still is one of the better field to be working in but you need good skills and even a better social and professional network. College education is a requirement by most but not in the sense it really needed for most jobs in IT, it is just another means to eliminate less desirable (so to speak) applicants.
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