Today, I want to discuss a well-known site called CraigsList. For those that aren’t familiar with it, the site started as a big free online classifieds website. It has evolved over time and includes much more including job postings. The question we are going to explore today is: “Are jobs on Craigslist worth my time?” Since many people see it as a place to buy, sell, and trade other people’s trash, is this in place for a working professional when it comes to the job search?
This is a great question to ask since there is no doubt that the website is not optimized for the best graphics online. Still, what is amazing is that last I checked Craigslist is in the top #5 in terms of traffic for any website online. Just because of the high traffic numbers you ought to consider taking a look at what is being posted there. Sure, like anything that is public and free you have to be careful of scams. However, as a recruiter I have found many jobs on Craigslist that were legit.
Are Jobs on Craigslist Worth My Time?
Craigslist is divided into geographical regions. If you go to the site, you will have to navigate to the closest city near you in order to see the available jobs. In the far right column you will find “jobs” listed at the top of the page. These are broken down into categories. Take the first category as an example, which is called “accounting/finance.” By clicking on the category you are seeing all of the local jobs that have recently been posted in this category. I always find a handful of jobs listed here that I do not see anywhere else online. For example, I know of a few local CPA firms that love using Craigslist because they can post for positions for free and get great responses. Being a small but growing firm this saves them thousands of dollars from not having to post jobs on the big job boards.
Use the RSS Features to Keep a Pulse on New Job Postings!
Most people do not realize this, but once you are on a job postings page on Craigslist, you can scroll all the way to the bottom and find an RSS link in the bottom right hand side of the page. Click on the link and it will take you to another page that has a bunch of scrambled text. Grab the link and place it into Google Reader (or any other RSS reader) and you can now see new jobs as they get posted. This will help you to know which ones are new and which ones you have already looked at and applied for.
Applying for jobs on Craigslist is pretty straightforward. Most of them have you send an email with your resume attached. There are a few that post a link for you to follow which has the job description on the company site and they ask you to apply there instead. Overall, I think that jobs on Craigslist is worth your time and it is at least worth your time to set up the RSS feed in Google Reader. If you do not know how to do this, I created a quick video for you on the subject.
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