Is Craigslist A Good Place to Look for Jobs?


My brother-in-law just bought a car for my nephew off of Craigslist. I know NOTHING about Craigslist. The little I do know had negative connotations attached to it, so I decided to do some research to find out more.

While opinions differ, many believe that Craigslist can be a good place to look for jobs, as long as the job seeker takes the appropriate precautions.

Craigslist can be thought of as the biggest electronic classified site in the world. Designed to be easily searchable and typically free, it is the perfect place to advertise everything from lost pets to open positions. The simple search functions which allow users to browse local listings through clearly marked categories, makes finding a job or other service or item easy. Understanding how to make Craigslist work for a job seeker is another matter entirely.

First, realize that in most cases, potential employers can place ads for free. While there are some options that require a payment (ranging between $25.00 and $75.00), most options are free of charge. This means almost every company can advertise on Craigslist without breaking their budget. While this can be positive, it can also lead to potential scams. Understanding that not every post is legitimate and learning how to recognize a scam helps job seekers stays safe. The best way to protect yourself is to regularly review their posted information regarding scams and fraudulent advertisements and by using caution when posting a resume.

It is equally important to protect your identity. Never post full contact information. Instead, rely on a simple cell phone number or an email address. This way, job seekers can carefully evaluate open positions and offers without risking identity theft.

Next, users must understand how Craigslist works. It can be somewhat daunting to narrow down the massive database to jobs that are appealing, appropriate and located in the correct geographical area. Craigslist utilizes lists and drop down menu’s to help users drill down to the information they are looking for. By spending the time to review options and select appropriate choices, it is possible to find job postings that will work.

Craigslist can be an excellent resource for job seekers. It can be especially helpful for those looking for employment in smaller companies. Understanding not only how Craigslist works but also how to protect your identity and information is all that is needed in order to be successful with this service. Be smart about it, research and know the service before you use it.

A word of warning:  when using Craigslist, or any service, if the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Proceed with caution.

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Written by Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CPRW - Visit the website to hire executive resume writer Erin Kennedy, CERW, CPRW

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5 Responses to “Is Craigslist A Good Place to Look for Jobs?”
  1. GL HOFFMAN says:

    With all the privacy concerns and issues out there, CL would be the last place I would look. More often, the job seeker is “tricked” into an application process that spells ruin for years. Similarly, Hound.

    Far better to browse through which ONLY contains jobs off company websites. This is the exact opposite of CL….on LINKUP, no individual or company can even post a job opening.

    The service is free to job seekers and when they click on the job the like, they go directly to the company’s own website and application method. We do not capture any data from the job seeker.

  2. Hi GL,

    Well, you know I love LINKUP! 🙂

    I was intrigued with Craigslist however after hearing from a few clients that they actually found jobs on it. I was surprised, as I said, because I had only heard bad things about it… so this made it even more intriguing to me. It certainly isn’t my first (second or third) choice, but if I were looking for a job, I’d check ALL places.

  3. Ron says:

    Great round up about craiglist. Your above tips applies at all job sites and not craiglist alone. It just so happen that, craiglist is so popular and yes, it was a good target to scammers as well.

  4. Coe Lottis says:

    Great review on the use of Craigslist. Although a powerful tool, Craigslist certainly does have it’s short comings. We are actually in BETA with a new start-up called to try and resolve these issues. Any feedback is appreciated as we try to become a premier resource for job seekers.

  5. Brian says:

    I think a lot of people are put off by Craigslist’s design – let’s be honest, it does stick out compared to a lot of… modern sites. It almost looks like a newspaper. That being said, there is a purpose behind it – Craigslist wants to make it extremely easy to do certain things such as buy products, rent spaces, etc. In the past I had noticed the job / career / employment section, however hadn’t paid much attention it. These tips are great though – especially the part about protecting your identity.

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