How to Use Craigslist to Find a Job

Are you looking for a new job? Want to bypass the high competition on popular recruitment sites like Monster and Indeed?

I’d like to call your attention to the fact that, in 2020, there are several easier ways to find a good job than just posting your resume in a job portal. Just imagine the number of applicants a human resource professional must be receiving each week via these sites. They must be fed up with so many applications.

Here is the good news, there are easy and non-invasive ways to connect with a recruiter online. Just like you are looking for new ways to find a job, even recruiters and small business owners are in search of niche websites to hire the right candidates. Interestingly enough, Craigslist is one of those niche websites.

How to Use Craigslist to Find a Job

1) Visit the Website and Select a Job Category

The first step to finding a job on Craigslist is to visit the site and select the city you reside in. Next, as the homepage reloads, you will see an entire section on the homepage dedicated to jobs. Select a category and you will see all the job postings in your city.

2) Filter out the Type of Jobs You Want

Like any good search engine, Craigslist has a section where you can filter out the search results. Move your cursor to the left side of the screen and select job posting date, location range of the workplace, job type (internship, full-time, telecommute), and results with/without images.

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3) Search for a Local Small Business Owners

Unless you are looking for a government job or wish to join the army, you are not going to find white-collar jobs posted by large organizations on Craigslist. Most of the jobs are one time gigs or posted by a small business owner who wants you to join on an urgent basis. 

Hence, hunt for those search results which clearly state the salary, job role, and job location–also preferably the name and website of the business.

4) Only Respond to the Jobs If You Meet the Criteria

I understand that for a teenager or a person in their early twenties who has never worked before in their life, it may seem a bit overwhelming to see so many high paying job postings on Craigslist. This is why it is key to step into the shoes of a recruiter and see the world as they see. What if you were in their place? Would you hire someone who does not meet the criteria for the job?

How to Determine If a Job Posted in Craigslist Is Legit 

One downside of Craigslist, as a job portal is, there are 100s of scammers trying to rip innocent people off by posting fake jobs that require you to pay for the training. Once you have the amount they demand, they usually never contact you again. Hence, only apply to jobs postings that provide complete details.