Tuesday, October 1, 2013

TUESDAY TIPS: Using "craigslist" for Job Search

Did you know that you may both search for jobs as well as post your resume on craigslist? I just had another client find her perfect opportunity that way. Many people are aware that you can search for jobs there. Few know to also post a resume on craigslist.

Several years ago, I recruited for IT positions for a well known, leader in the IT staffing field. craigslist was one of the first places we looked because it was a "quick" resource. Why? This was because few people are posting there. As a recruiter or hiring manager, you quickly know if there is a good candidate resume and you can proceed from there.

If you choose to post your resume, you have little competition because not many are posting resumes in percentage to the number who are looking.  Here are some suggested guidelines for you to follow in order to avoid the spam that is out there.
  • First of all, use an anonymous email- you will be instructed on this as you go through the posting process. 
  • Take your name and contact information off of your resume. 
  • Leave your professional summary and include, at the end of your summary, a paragraph such as the one below, given as an example by this client who landed her great job:
If my skills match your needs, please reply with your company name, address, telephone and person to contact. Please no direct sales opportunities. Thank you for your consideration.
One more thing, remember, you will need to re-post your resume but don't do it so often that you look desperate. I recommend every 21/2 to 3 weeks. Both reps of hiring organizations and job seekers  have had success using craigslist. So, before everyone finds out, make it your friendly resource, too.

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Marianne   408-295-6656

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