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Learn how to find and apply for jobs on Craigslist

Craigslist is a very popular classifieds site with lots of job vacancies. However, employers can leave jobs anonymously so you don't know who is hiring them. That's one of the reasons Craigslist is known for both scams and legitimate job ads. It can be very difficult to tell which jobs are real and which are scams. You can find good jobs on Craigslist, but you have to be careful.

Check out these tips for finding and applying jobs and avoiding scams.

How to Find Jobs on Craigslist

The easiest way to find jobs on Craigslist is to go to the city or state where you are looking for jobs. You will see a directory of websites on the right side of the original Craigslist page, or you can go straight to the Craigslist - Cities list. Not all cities have their own website. So if you don't see your city, use the state website. Once you get to the location you want, either click the job type or click Jobs to do a keyword search.

How do I apply on Craigslist?

Applying on Craigslist is very easy. On your Craigslist main page, click your preferred location, then click the tab Jobs " . You will see a keyword search box and a list of job categories to filter listings. You can type skills you want to use, certifications, the software you know, or specific job titles in the search box to narrow your listings.

You can search by keyword, job category, or both.

Email application options

Once you have identified a listing of interest, you can apply by clicking the button reply click above the entry. You can then choose an email option that you want to apply. One of the options is Use standard email, which opens a new e-mail message in your e-mail client with the lines "To" and "Subject".

There will also be a link to the job posting. Another possibility is, with webmail to reply . Click one of the options to send a message from your webmail account:

  • Gmail
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Hotmail or Live Mail
  • AOL email

Or you can send an email from scratch. Choose Copy and paste into your email: and behind the specified e-mail address (e.g. [email protected]) in the "To" section of your e-mail program. Be sure to fill in the "Subject" of the message.

Send a cover letter and continue

You can use your email message as a cover letter and attach your resume to the message, unless you are given instructions other than to apply online on the employer website.

How to Submit a Resume on Craigslist

You might also consider posting your resume on Craigslist, as employers (and others) can search resumes to identify candidates. However, it is also important to be careful not to get scammed. Don't provide any contact information other than email, preferably not your main account. Consider setting up a separate account that will only be used for job search.

Here is what you need to do to post your resume. On the main page, click the location you want. At the top left of the page, click the link to publish the classifieds . Select the booking option CV / job wanted .

On the next screen, you'll need to provide a preferred title and location, then paste a copy of your resume. If you on " Further" If you click, you will be notified that you will receive an email letting you know how to review and publish your post.

Watch out for scams

There are legitimate jobs on Craigslist. However, job seekers need to exercise extreme caution when using the site to apply for a job. Avoid all jobs that are too good to be true. You should also be very careful about following ads that don't include the name of a valid employer. For these job postings, ask for the company name before arranging a meeting.

Never meet with an employer in a private place of residence or in a questionable place out of the public eye. Legitimate employers will usually be ready to meet you at their well-marked business location.

Ask for a business phone number.

In some cases, a legitimate employer may not have an office where you live but is willing to meet you at a public library, Starbucks, or other public place. Again, be very careful in these cases and consider bringing a friend with you until you feel completely safe. It is often a good idea for candidates to schedule a phone or Skype interview as a possible first interview.