I've had some friends ask me to lend a few pointers about finding a job quickly upon moving to Los Angeles, and I always tell them to first register with as many temp & staffing agencies as possible. These agencies can match you with either temporary, temp-to-permanent, or permanent jobs. Temp assignments are great to get some income flowing while you're still searching for a career. Temp-to-perm assignments give you the chance to feel out a work environment, while giving the employers a chance to see if they want to hire you as a permanent employee.
There are tons of staffing companies in LA and all over its various neighborhoods. Here's a list of ten to start you off:
4. Office Team
7. Career Group
10. Man Power
11. . Ajilon
Make your way to as many offices as possible! A quick google search can uncover even more staffing agencies, some large and others boutique. Make sure you identify any specific skill sets you have, and be able to explain what types of positions and industries you're open to working in. Be careful about being too specific, because you may seriously limit yourself to opportunities. On the same token, however, don't say "I just need a job. Any job." While that may be true, you want to give them some direction to best match you.
I landed my job through Act-1 in downtown Los Angeles. I started at the cruise company working as a temp employee under Act-1; then, about a month and a half later the company converted me as their employee. I actually moved to the West side of town near my job before becoming permanent, which was a HUGE risk, but fortunately it all worked out!
First things first of course -- make sure your resume is updated, have a list of references handy (the staffing companies WILL contact them), and keep all of your initial interview appointments scheduled in your phone! Offices will almost always want to meet you in person before placing you. I spent a lot of time running all over town meeting with various agencies, and I couldn't have done it without keeping all details in my calendar.
Lastly, dont rely solely on staffing companies. While you're waiting for them to match you with opportunities, keep applying to jobs on your own, including via LinkedIn, Craigslist (with a VERY careful eye), and to companies directly. And don't wait to start networking! You may meet someone who knows someone who is looking to hire someone! Those in person connections are key.
Best wishes! If you have any other tips for young recent grads seeking jobs in a new city, leave them in the comments below!