Navigating the World of Craigslist – Job Hunting

Be a Job Hunting Expert

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m a freelance web designer/developer (sometimes I describe as a graphic and web designer) and as such I find myself checking Craigslist all the time. The suggestions I make below can, for the most part, really be applied to anyone looking for a job through Craigslist, not just web related jobs.

Know this, intrepid job hunter – you WILL find a lot of job duds on Craigslist. Hopefully, with a few tips and a keen eye, you can weed out as many duds as possible and land some awesome gigs.  Keep in mind that some of my tips are simply basic suggestions, not strict rules, so take them with a grain of salt. For a much more thorough and detailed description of a web developer trying to effectively find work via Craigslist then I’d suggest checking out this.

If you’re applying to a job posted on Craigslist here are some things to keep an eye out for:

Avoid Applying to any positions that:

  1. Mentions or requests students.

    This essentially translates to them not wanting to pay someone what they are actually worth for their services. They are trying to get the work done on the cheap. Unless you are absolutely starving, then I would avoid this option like the plague.

  2. States there is a very limited budget.

    Everyone has a limited budget. Even Bill Gates can’t spend too many billions before he has to call it quits. Limits vary from project to project but if someone specifically states in a job that the work involved has a very limited budget then the part that is limited is what goes your way (most likely). These are the clients or employers that will nickel and dime you every step of the way. I’m all for wanting to get the most for your money but I also know that professional services are worth money and that micro-managing is rarely helpful for anyone, which leads me to my next point.

  3. Request you show the manager, director, etc EXACTLY how to replicate what you are doing

    This is either them wanting to use you to exploit your knowledge and then quickly ditch you or someone want to micromanage.

You wouldn’t stand over a car mechanic and stop them every step of the way would you to offer your opinion on something? Wait, maybe that’s not the best analogy. How about this one – you wouldn’t constantly interrupt a private chef who charged by the hour would you? How about that? Subjective work done to solve a problem. The professional is hired to solve that problem and is an expert in his or her field. That professional will take information you provide to fit your needs and tastes. They may even be able to quickly modify the thing they are producing with feedback from you. However, you wouldn’t have the gall to walk into a professional chefs kitchen (private or not) and stick your finger right in the middle of their quiche. Okay, enough of that line of ranting.

On a different note, one of my biggest pet peeves when looking at potential job/employers via Craigslist is when said employer doesn’t list who they are. Why would you not clearly state your company name or link to your company’s website? It seems downright deceptive. On top of that, it is even worse since so many scammers will use this method to try and coax important personal information out of job hunters.



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2 thoughts on “Navigating the World of Craigslist – Job Hunting”

  1. This essentially translates to them not wanting to pay someone what they are actually worth for their services. They are trying to get the work done on the cheap. Unless you are absolutely starving, then I would avoid this option like the plague.

    1. It’s unfortunate how many people seem to try and exploit those that may be desperate for work through something like Craigslist.

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