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Anonymous Job Postings

Sorry I’ve been lax in posting lately. It’s been due mostly to the demands of production (and the fear of getting caught blogging about the demands of production).

Hollywood Juicer has a great post about the back nine. I had something I wanted to comment on it, but I’ve forgotten in the intervening week since I read it. Don’t worry, though; anything he writes is likely more interesting and informative than whatever sarcastic comment I would’ve made.

On to reader mailbag!

Adam asks,

Is there any reason to trust or not trust jobs that use an anonymous/generic e-mail rather than one through a recognizable or at least researchable domain name, etc?

I’m assuming he means like when a UTA Joblist uses an address like PAJob123@yahoo.com.1 The truth is, most productions will create an email like that. The internet is forever, and any job posting will continue to get job applicants long after the show is cancelled.

It sucks that it doesn’t give you any information. You always want to have as much information as possible when applying for a job; maybe you’ve worked for the person before, or know someone who has, or whatever.

But the anonymous email serves another purpose– it weeds out the crazies. They could create an address just for job applications, and still indicate the show in question (i.e. CSINYPAJob@gmail.com), but then you might get some nutjob applying for the job. ( ZOMFG! I *LOVE* Gary Sinese!!!1! Give me a jorb, now!!!).

You’ll have to use other cues to figure out what show/company you’re applying to. If they don’t give you anything to go on, just put your best foot forward with a friendly email and a clean resume.

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  1. Not a real address. Please don’t email them and complain to me when it doesn’t work.
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