Last week I met a cousin-in-law who I’d only known from Facebook. He has read my blog and tweets and knows my mind is in career management and job search – and because of that he shared a cool story with me.
He was working in a job that was okay but definitely not where he needed to be – and he regularly was scanning for open positions. He said he included Craigslist in his daily routine to see what new jobs came up.
He told me he saw a new job posted on Craigslist (he’s a senior level network engineer), applied for it, and within 4 days was hired. It was very fast… he was in the right place, with the right skills, and interviewed well, and I’m sure he’ll do great at this new job (which is much more aligned with what he needed).
Craigslist in a job search? If you thought Craigslist was only a place to find or dispose of furniture you might be missing out on an opportunity to find your next gig.
Susan Joyce, owner of JobHunt.org, has written about finding a job on Craigslist. You can see her post titled Using Craigslist to find a job, where you can also download a free ebook with the same title.
The idea is to use appropriate resources to find out about opportunities… don’t discount Craigslist.
(however, I will say that if you go to the discussion forum for jobs you are absolutely wasting your time. I think this is one of the darkest and most shameful areas that Craig allows on the site – stay away from it)