Craigslist.org and other classified websites can be used as more than just a deal finder; you can also use these websites to find a job. If this is your first time job searching on a classified website like Craigslist, please keep these helpful tips in mind:
Craigslist Tip #1 – Apply to Jobs You ARE Qualified For
We all know that the more jobs you apply for, the better your chances are of landing one. Yes, you have a degree in cosmetology, but that doesn’t make you a good auto mechanic. Your chances of having a successful job search improve when you target jobs that you are qualified for.
Craigslist Tip #2 – Follow All Instructions to Apply
Whether you search for jobs or paid gigs from Craigslist.org or another website that lets you search the site, you will find some jobs to apply for. Follow all instructions. Never email your resume when you should of mailed, mailed when you should have faxed, and so forth. This will get you nowhere. Don’t think you got the upper-hand because your email arrived before others had a chance to visit the post office. You didn’t follow directions; quickest way to NOT get a job.
Craigslist Tip #3 – Never Apply without a Resume & Cover Letter
The only instance in which you should not send a resume and a cover letter is for local part-time gigs, like lawn mowing, painting, and so forth. A resume will help your chance, but is rarely required. Full-time jobs are another story. Yes, Craigslist and other classified websites do have a laid-back approach, but that doesn’t mean the hiring company does too.
Craigslist Tip #4 – Avoid Work-at-Home Scams
Scammers are like a bad disease that just won’t go ahead. In fact, they are that nasty rash that keeps getting worse and worse. Many Craigslist scammers target work-at-home jobs and opportunities. If you work on a freelance basis, proceed with caution. Use common sense and put safeguards in place to protect yourself. Freelance writers and graphic designers regularly have their work stolen (they do the job, handover the work, but don’t get paid); avoid this by requesting a portion of the payment upfront.
For other work-at-home jobs, never pay a fee. Some scammers are tricky when it comes to stealing your personal information. They claim they need your bank account info for direct deposit or your social security number for a background check. Perform a search online to see if the company or person is a fraud. Make sure you had an interview; scammers don’t care about your work history or your samples because they are going to take your money or work and run.