A Quick Guide to Searching Craigslist for Your Next Job

Posted March 9, 2021 by in Career

It only costs employers $10 to $75 to post a job ad on Craigslist. No wonder so many companies prefer to hire staff through the platform. That’s why searching Craigslist is a smart move if you are job hunting.

But because it’s so easy, there are so many advertisements on there. Searching “Craigslist jobs near me” could return thousands of results. And not all job postings are legitimate.

Finding great, genuine jobs on Craigslist can feel like sieving for gold!

This guide will walk you through how to find the best, valid jobs by searching Craigslist:

Step 1: Navigate to the Right City and Industry

First, open Craigslist and navigate to your city. Craigslist does not list every city, so you may need to choose a region (e.g. North Jersey) or a state.

As an example, you could choose ‘San Francisco Bay Area’ underneath California.

Then, select your relevant industry. There are dozens of industries listed. And sometimes, your desired job role will span more than one industry on the list e.g. TV and Film.

In this case, you may need to repeat this process for each industry. You could try searching Craigslist using your own keywords in the job search box on the left, but it may not generate every job available.

Don’t miss out on a great job because you used a slightly different keyword or job title from your potential new employer! There is also an ‘etc/misc’ industry which you could look through if you’re feeling adventurous.

Step 2: Select Promising Opportunities

Once you’ve selected a city and industry, it’s time to narrow down the jobs further. 

You should already have the following crucial conditions in mind for your next job:

  • Working hours e.g. full time or part-time
  • Compensation e.g. salary and benefits
  • A rough idea of job title and responsibilities

There should be no more than a few hundred job postings on Craigslist in each industry. This is a manageable amount.

Start weeding out the jobs that look promising by favoriting them. You do this by selecting the ‘star’ icon to the left of the roles. At this point, favorite any role that sounds interesting, relevant, and you would like to know more about.

For example, if you are looking for a manager-level role, you would select any job titles that fit that level. Leave any assistant roles unfavorited.

Step 3: Scrutinize the Details

This is the part of searching Craigslist that takes the longest, but it’s worth the time. Click on the ‘favorites’ section at the top of the page to see all the jobs you favorited. Then, go through each listing carefully.

First, they should match your salary, job responsibilities, compensation, and working hour specifications. Use the best paystub generator to calculate your take-home pay.

Then, scrutinize the job description. Look out for the following to determine whether the Craigslist job posting is legitimate:

  • The company has listed its name (Google the company)
  • A link to a real email address or application form
  • The company conducts interviews in a public place or office
  • The job description seems inline with industry standards

Never give out identifiable, personal details without assurance. Your email address and your name are enough for most employers before an interview. 

Searching Craigslist Could Lead to Your Next Job

If you are looking for your next career move, searching Craigslist is a great idea. Follow these steps to avoid scams and give yourself the best chance of success.

Check out our other articles on career and business for more tips and advice!

*Photo by Vlada Karpovich