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5 Tips to Get a Job on Craigslist

Craigslist is a great place to get a job. It's a network where anyone can post job listings and anyone can apply for jobs without any restrictions. It's a win-win situation for both employers and potential employees: employees can find employers quickly and vice versa. All you have to do is send in your resume to different companies and there's a very good chance that you'll land a solid well-paying job on Craigslist.

There are some things that you need to keep in mind while job-hunting on Craigslist. Here are 5 tips to get a job on Craigslist:

1. Apply as quickly as you can: On Craigslist, each job listing can get hundreds of resumes and there's not a very good chance that you'll land the job unless your resume is in the first 30. It's all about speed. Make sure that you have your resume pre-written so that you can send it to similar job listings quickly. It's also a good idea to subscribe to Craigslist's RSS feeds so that you can apply for new job listings as fast as possible.

2. Be concise and clear in your cover letter: Employers receive hundreds of resumes for their job listings, and need to sift through all of them to find the employee that they want. Therefore it's important to be super concise and clear in your cover letter, and make sure that it addresses the employer's needs. You should describe your prowess for the job the same way that you would explain it to your grandma.

3. Avoid suspicious-looking jobs: The great thing about Craigslist is that any company can post a job listing and anyone can apply. That's also the worst thing about Craigslist. There are a lot of spam and fake jobs out there that you need to be wary of. They can usually be identified easily. Usually, any fake job has an unusually high pay promise or a vaguely-written job description. Such jobs are not real jobs at all, or is simply a presell for something else, like a low-paying job with a fake promise of high sales commissions.

4. Create resume templates: As mentioned above, it's important to get in your resume for job listings as quickly as possible. The quickest way to get this done is to prepare a template for your resume beforehand, with sections for entering specific information such as the company name that you are applying for. Such templates can be easily created using a software like Microsoft Word. These templates can also be edited on your phone - so you can quickly edit your resume template and send it to job listings while on the go! Make sure you get notifications for RSS feeds on your phone so that you can know about new job listings as soon as they are out there on Craigslist.

5. Use alternate Craigslist search engines: Craigslist, though having a huge database of jobs, doesn't really have a great search engine. Fortunately, there are numerous other third-party Craigslist search engines that you can use to find the job you need. Some of these are zoomthelist.com, extads.com and searchcragslist.org.

Bottom Line:

Job hunting isn't a fun thing to do, but it's far easier to land a job on Craigslist than by going the offline way. With the above tips you should be able to quickly find a job on Craigslist!

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