Los Angeles Jobs: A quick list of places to look.

A close friend of mine has been looking for a new job after graduating college. This can be a frusterating process, I remember it not being particularily fun when I was looking, and that was before the day of automated human resources that can reject your resume based soley on lack of keywords.

Some employers advertise heavily on websites like Monster.com and Hot Jobs. Of the two, a quick search certainly makes Hot Jobs look more appealing, as you can narrow the geographic area down more than monster. Instead of "LOS ANGELES, CA" you can narrow it down to the surrounding cities like Pasadena.

Also, you can filter out the staffing firms. Monster is absolutely full of these, as I think their business model is almost completely intended to get this type of advertiser. Don't get me wrong - staffing firms like Apple One and Adecco do place people in jobs and do meet a market need. However, I believe that in many cases, these recruiters are an unnecessary frictional cost that raise the price of hiring employees and don't work in the employees interest.

Finding and hiring the right employees is expensive, but I would suggest that outsourcing this process is stupid for two reasons. One, the recruiter doesn't understand your business or the dynamics of the organization, and two, you aren't really saving money as using these recruiters is very expensive. You might end up paying 50% more to hire the best of a group of people you wouldn't hire otherwise.

From the employees perspective, these recruiters are not working in your interest. They want to spend the least amount of time getting you placed as quickly as possible. The more people they place, the more money they make. They don't really care what you are looking for, and they certainly aren't going to fight too hard to make sure you reach your salary and benefit needs. Long story short, I think employment agencies are a big skip.

Here is my list, intended to speed navigation and give you list of new ideas to try - many of which will never appear on Monster.com or Hotjobs, and that Adecco or Apple One will never fill. If you have anything to add to the list or if one of the links no longer works, please post a comment and I will add/fix it right away.

Local Area Search Sites:

Craigslist Los Angeles Jobs

Craigslist Orange County Jobs

Craigslist Inland Empire Jobs

Los Angeles Times Classifieds

Pasadena Star News Classifieds

Press-Telegram Classifieds (Long Beach)

OC Register Classifieds (Orange County)

Universities and School Districts:

CalState Los Angeles (CSULA)

CalState San Bernardino (CSUSB)

Cal Poly Pomona

CalState Northridge (CSUN)

CalState Long Beach (CSULB)

UC Los Angeles (UCLA)

UC Riverside (UCR)

UC Irvine (UCI)

University of Southern California (USC)


Loyola Marymount

California Institute of Technology (CalTech)

Los Angeles Unified School District

Long Beach Unified School District


City of Los Angeles

City of Long Beach

City of Santa Monica

City of Arcadia

City of Alhambra

City of El Monte

City of Montebello

City of Monterey Park

City of Pasadena

City of San Gabriel

City of South Pasadena

City of West Covina

County of Los Angeles

State of California

Federal Goverment

Large Employers:

Southern California Edison

Kaiser Permamente


Bank of America



AT&T (formerly SBC)

Northrop Grumman


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Federated Department Stores

Washington Mutual

International Edison

A few quick tips: Be sure to have your resume formatted in a clean plain text format. Many of these sites won't accept PDF or Word documents. Keep a list of former employers with addresses, time worked, salary history, contacts, etc handy as well. Spend the time to make each application as perfect as possible - especially when you submit them to a computer as having the right keywords is particularily important. One perfect application is better than a dozen that are poorly completed.

Good luck with your search!