Things have changed so dramatically in the US in recent years that it is a far different world for pilots now.
The Airlines are still hiring from the College programs directly, and subsidizing your hours build, but only if you meet the right racial and gender guidelines. If you don't, you're screwed. The Administration has raised the barrier to entry so high, that only the richest will be able to afford to fly as a job. (Which, I believe, is EXACTLY the plan)
The best place to build hours now is to "Pay-to-play" with one of the fractional operators. Even GA is slowly being strangled in America now, so Instructor time is becoming harder to find. Or, you do as some I know have done, head to the Middle East or Asia to build time.
As for myself, I have the background, experience, and certifications to be able to write my own ticket. I chose to play airplane on the ground, only flying for fun, and luckily, I learned in a good environment early on. I really do feel sorry for some of the kids sitting in my new hire classes. Minimum wage, no advancement, no passes, pay for their own parking, etc., for jobs that used to pay well, and came with incredible benefits.