Aaron writes in:
I work for a writer (I walk her dogs), and she knows that I want to be a writer, as well. She used to work at one of the major networks, and has sold several scripts.
She has told me that she will look around for PA jobs, and specifically writer PA jobs, and was really enthusiastic about it, but that was several months ago.
I know soon the shows will be staffing up, so my question is, how do I approach the subject of getting a PA job? Do I ask her flat out if she has heard of anything? Not sure what to do!
You’re right to be at least a little concerned. You don’t want to come off as one of those assholes who just wants to use people to further their career.
But in this case, you’re totally in the clear. She told you she wants to help, she seemed genuine about it. It might have slipped her mind, or it may be just no one she knew was hiring. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
“Hey, Ms. Dog Owner, how was your day? You mentioned you might know some people looking for a PA or writer’s assistant. Do you think anyone would like to take a look at my resume?”
I wouldn’t mention how long it’s been; it could sound a little impertinent. Besides, nobody was hiring a couple months ago, anyway. Now’s the perfect time.