Post # 1
I am looking for part time work in my town for when I go back to school. I have been scanning craigslist since I seem to be finding more in my area on there than on indeed, career builder, etc. I made an account, and have been emailing my resume to the posting email on the top of the job listings (you know, the funky email that looks like: [email protected]). The question I have is…are these job postings legit? A lot of them just say stuff such as “company looking for part time receptionist from 10-2pm, for daily filing, faxing, phone answering, appointment making”…and then they dont list the name of the company. Anyone have success looking for jobs on Craigslist? Do the people actually get my email if I send it through the site? I dont want to be wasting my time and getting my hopes up that I can actually find something close to me.
Post # 3
Yes! They get the email. That is done for privacy! ( its an anonymous address that forwards the email to the real address kind of) Have you ever sold anything on craigslist? When you receive an email back you will see the companies real e-mail address.
Craigslist is craigslist. Some well known local companies will cross post on there ( along with the big shot sites) and some small businesses just use craigslist alone.
Post # 4
Hello fellow philly bee =)
I have been on a ton of interviews off craigslist. Some 2nd/3rd interviews, but alas I wasnt selected. There are scam jobs on there but you have to know how to read them. If you can’t tell from the initial posting then a return email will tell you if its a scam. Fiance got his job off craigslist. He works for a great company, they only recruit thru there. Also employers pay $25 to post jobs. So to post a scam is rather dumb on their part.
Post # 5
Truth? I got my job on Craigslist. I started out as the receptionist and was the Director of Operations in just over a year.
Craigslist jobs can be legit, but you have to assess them on a case-by-case basis. If anything smells funny when you are speaking with them on the phone or when you go in for an interview, turn tail and leave. No job is worth your safety and while many of the postings could very well be valid, the internet can also be a scary place.
Use common sense and I think you could actually have a lot of luck! I did 🙂
Post # 6
My company posts jobs on craigs list. It’s legit you just have to be cautious. The email addresses are posted that way for privacy – they do get the emails.
Post # 7
Yes, they do get your email. Buuuuut, I’ve had a lot of experience withCraigslist job postings and I have to say, the shocking majority of them are just scams to try to get your credit card or social security number. Some of these “employers” will reply to you and ask you to fill out a “credit check” or a “background check.” They will include a link to a website for you to do this. The website will ask for your credit card or social security number. Best part? These sites charge minimum $10 to “check” your background. Can you say sketch?
If you ever have fears about whether or not the employer is real, type in their name/company name into google or even Snopes.com (I think this is where I found out that one of my potential leads was fake). Some employers really don’t post the name of the business, not sure why, but it does happen. However, if they reply to you and don’t give you any name of their company, I wouldn’t trust it at all. Made up companies or un-named companies are scams. Don’t fall for it!
I used Monster.com and also some State-wide job websites (example: I’m from Cali, so I would look on places like “CalJobs.com,” which is government sponsored).
Post # 8
bah! ok! I just was suspicious, you know? I’ve actually never sold on there but I have a few things I might post in the near future. I just hear so many people say “ooooh Craigslist” and give me a look like, OMG.
If I want to follow up with someone as to whether or not they got my resume/email, can I just email the craigslist-generated email again? I guess I just found it a little harder because a lot of places are not listing their company name so I cant just call…but that probably is for a reason.
Post # 9
@catalinaislandbabe: woah, that is really sketchy. If a company name is listed, I do google it and then apply through the company site, but I have been coming across more and more that doesnt list the company name, although that could be for privacy?
Post # 10
yes it’s legit…is it effective? Not really, although I did get my last job through craigslist–I also posted positions on craigslist when I worked in HR and would get nearly 900 resumes with ONE position to fill. I would spend my time applying through other boards as well.
Post # 11
@PeaceLoveLaughter, Right, some legitimate employers won’t post the company name for privacy reasons. But, if for example, you hear back from the “mystery company,” and in this email they do not include a company name anywhere (signature included), then I would probably stay away from them. You’d be surprised how “personal” they can make their emails sound.
Most important thing to remember is: Find out who they are once they email you back and google or snopes their name and see what comes up. Don’t follow any links for “background checks.”
Post # 12
@catalinaislandbabe: wow, good to know. i guess that’s why people look at me funny if i mention looking on there for a job!!
@Dell79: i’m hoping something pans out, but i figured that they get a TON of responses since it is such a widely used board. i’ve been trying to apply for the more current stuff so that i get my resume in there early and not get jumbled in with a ton of other people…do you have any other boards to suggest? i feel relegated to the same old stuff…craigslist, indeed, career builder, monster, and to some degree, they are all the same – same postings, and thousands of people respond to them.
Post # 13
Like the PP’s, my company posts jobs on there all the time and I work for a large corporation. I’m sure some of them are sketchy (the work from home ones always seem too good to be true) but there are definitely legitimate jobs on there.
Post # 14
@PeaceLoveLaughter: Did you know your logo is the same as the craigslist logo that is next to the web address bar when you visit their site? (just an observation!)
The two primary sites that come to mind are careerbuilder and monster.com.
I am very familiar with a lot of the resume boards within the financial industry since that is where we pulled most of our resume’s from. However, I would suggest posting your resume on boards that might be industry specific to the type of position you are applying for. Also, are you a graduate? Many major corporations like to pull resume’s of alumni and may utilize your University resume database to do so (ex: erecruiting.com).
*One other way to get your foot in the door is to find a well established University in your area and attend a career fair there. You can usually look on the college’s site and view the list of companies who will be attending the event in advance, so you could have time to prepare and do your research. Even if you don’t attend the college, you should still be able to attend the career fair and it might be a great way to make an impression face-to-face!
Post # 15
I got my current job from Craigslist! Definitely legit, though I did come across some postings that seemed a bit sketch. You’ll learn to spot them out with practice. If I were ever doubtful, I’d just pass on applying.
Post # 16
My husband got a job from craigslist. Took about 100 apps to get a call back but yes you can. Look for ones that say the companies name though so you can research. many don’t..