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GTA 5 guide: how to start a Job or Playlist in GTA Online

School yourself on how to start Jobs and Playlists quickly in GTA Online, so you can start earning RP and cash.

GTA 5 guide: how to start a Job or Playlist in GTA Online

There are two ways to start a job in GTA Online. One is quick and easy, the other is easy but takes a minute.

Start a Quick Job in GTA Online


  • Pull up your phone by tapping up on the d-pad.
  • Tap the Quick Job icon on the phone. It's on the middle left.
  • Here you can chose Random (where you'll be sucked into the next available game) or you can specify a Job type; Race, Deathmatch, Mission etc.
  • Choose to be On Call or Alone. Alone will take you straight to a lobby and there's a random chance you'll be the host of the session. On Call lets you continue playing GTA Online until a game starts. You'll see a little timer in the bottom right corner and a count of the number of players being added to the job. As soon as it's ready you'll be pulled into the job. Starting other actions in GTA Online such as a Gang Attack will cancel the On Call mode.
  • Play the job. Win.

Start a Job from the pause menu in GTA Online


This option gives you much more choice over the specific job you want to play. You're able to select individual Jobs within a job type, meaning you can go back to some of your favourite races, try a job that's only just opened up due to your boost in Rank, or pull up a Deathmatch you haven't yet played.

  • From the pause menu go to Online and then choose between Jobs or Playlists. Playlists are groups of jobs put together that you play in a specific order. This minimises the amount of time waiting in lobbies but there's also usually a theme around a particular Playlist. Some Playlists are varied, taking in a range of individual Jobs, or you can choose a Playlist with 16 races if that's your thing. There are Rockstar Playlists and Verified Playlists that have been put together by other players and approved by the developers.
  • In the Jobs menu you can also bookmark favourite Jobs and Playlists. This is great for stacking a bunch of fun Jobs to play with friends and those that you know to hand out decent amounts of cash and RP.
  • You can either Join a Job or Host. Joining is the same as choosing a Quick Job from your phone where you can choose from Deathmatch, Last Team Standing, Mission etc, and you'll play a game that's been picked by another player.
  • As Host you can chose from Rockstar Created, Verified, recently played or any you may have bookmarked. You'll also see a brief overview of the location (always something you should consider).
  • Once you choose a Job as host you'll be able to change a number of parameters such as time limit, score limit, number of laps, and other options specific to the type of job. With Missions in particular you can tweak the difficulty which makes it harder (duh!) but pays out more cash and RP when you complete it.
  • Once you're set, you can invite Friends, Crew members, random players or a combination of all of the above.
  • Play the game and win. At the end don't forget to rate the Job to earn an extra 50 RP. Outside of a Playlist, once the game ends you'll be given the option of 6 new Jobs to start quickly, or the option to quit back to GTA Online.


How to quit a Job in GTA Online

Sometimes you'll need to quit out of a job for whatever reason. This is particularly handy when playing a Created Job that isn't much fun. Do the following:

  • Pull up your phone using up on the d-pad and you'll see your Job displayed.
  • Select Square on the PS4 pad or X on Xbox One, then confirm.
  • Important: quitting Jobs contributes to a Bad Sport rating. Get a high enough Bad Sport rating and you'll be placed on a server with other people who don't like to play fair, so only quit Jobs when necessary.

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