Monday, June 11, 2012

Newsflash: not all job openings are posted

Imagine you're in charge of a major network. Your main anchor walks into your office and says, "I'm going to retire at the end of my contract, so start looking for a replacement."

Do you really, seriously think that this is going to appear on tvjobs?:

Wanted: Main anchor for big three network.

I'm using that ridiculous scenario to illustrate a point. Not all job openings are posted.

I'm hearing panic from a lot of you now that sweeps are over. I don't see many jobs posted. The only jobs posted are places I don't want to go. There are no jobs out there.

Trust me, there are always jobs out there. Always, always, always. Even at the networks, even in New York.

If you take nothing else from this post, take this: you do not need to see a job opening in order to send a tape.

Some News Directors don't post jobs because they don't want 500 tapes showing up in the mail and a barrage of phone calls. Some stations only run ads in the local newspaper or on the company website. Some like to see what agents and consultants have. The common denominator in all this: there are always openings.

People retire, people hate their situations and quit, people get out of the business, people get married and have to move, people get fired, people move up the ladder. The business is one big domino effect. Someone in New York quits, someone from Sacramento gets hired to replace them, someone from Kansas City gets hired in Sacramento, yadda, yadda, yadda.

If there's a place you want to work, send a tape. News Directors are always looking for talent, always keeping good tapes in a box for the next opening, because there's always a next opening. It might be right now, it might be later, but wouldn't it be nice if that News Director had your tape?

TVNEWSGRAPEVINE, copyright 2012 © Randy Tatano 


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