November 12, 2010

The Elusive Major Label Job

If your dream job involves working with famous artists, record releases, award shows, and countless top 40 singles, you're probably meant to work at a major label.
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With the continued consolidation of the major labels and near constant layoffs, getting one of these jobs can be particularly difficult. So here's a few pointers that may help you land that coveted major label position.

Get the Internship First
The best way to get a job at a major label is to get an internship at one, preferably the one you want to work at. You will meet people, get experience, and prove that you can do the job. It is also far easier to get your foot in the door as an intern than as an employee. More importantly, it makes the next two tips possible.

Find the Hidden Job Market
Majors labels may post their job openings online, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will hire someone who applies online. Often they will hire someone who is recommended to them by a friend or business contact. So, if you build contacts at a major label or contacts who know major label employees, then you have a better chance of getting that job. The majors, and many other companies, are also likely to promote from within, which brings us to the next tip.

Right Place, Right Time
A great way to get a job at a major label is by being an intern when a job opens up. Obviously, there is no way to predict when that will happen, but it is significantly easier to get promoted when you already work there than to get a job otherwise. So get the internship, work hard, make a good impression, hope for the right opportunity, and keep in touch if it does not come up.

Links to Apply to Jobs and Internships
Warner Music Job Site
Universal Music Job Site
EMI Job Site
Sony Music Job Site
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