Craigslist, a centralized network of online urban communities, featuring free
classified advertisements including jobs, is perhaps not as well known as the large commercial job boards Monster and Careerbuilder. But it has emerged as one of the most popular and mainstream job boards for job seekers and employers. Guy Kawasaki, a well-known author and blogger (and one of my favorite blogs to read) recently posted some insider tips on the best use of Craigslist for both the job seeker and the employer.
His job-seeker tips in How to Get a Job on Craigslist are based on his actual experience using Craigslist to fill a photo-editor job opening for one of his websites. They include: 1 - apply fast, 2 - write a cover email that addresses the position, 3 - rise to the occasion, 4 - apply well, 5 - apply really well, and 6 - don't be stupid. Read Guy's insights - they are just as relevant to any job board or even company website job posting. The comments section also provides additional "a-ha" moments and even job-search tools.
The employer posting How to Not hire Someone Via Craigslist is just hilarious and decodes some recruiter-speak. Employers take note: the good quality job seekers are becoming more savvy about online job postings and "reading between the lines" thanks to critiques like this one from Guy about a Craigslist New York posting for a web and print designer.
Both job seekers and employers can benefit from the Craigslist medium provided they "raise the bar" in terms of value proposition and realistic expectations. If you have found Craigslist useful (or not), drop a comment here. Let's shine the light on what really works!