For decades, the newspaper classified ads were one of the most important sources of leads for most job seekers. With ink-stained fingers, pens, and paper, job seekers in the past poured over the daily or weekly newspapers Help Wanted classified section, noted the promising opportunities, and followed up with telephone or typewriter. Not so much, now
Now, we have the Internet which has provided us with many more options than our local daily newspaper.
In addition to the print newspaper, we have many more options.
Instead of publishing traditional classifieds online, these classifieds usually appear only in their online form, and they are a rapidly expanding force in the online job search marketplace.
The most obvious of them , an enormously popular -and growing- online marketplace with 700 locations in 70 countries. Like most job boards, craigslist charges employers to post their jobs (it was free originally). Now, the cost is between $7 and $75 per job posting in selected areas in the USA, like Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, D.C., and so on. If youre not in one of those major areas, posting a job on craigslist may befree.
Like local newspapers, craigslist is organized by location. So, pick the craigslist location closest to youto start your craigslist job search. Check out both the jobs and the gigs categories for options for you.
Because job posting is free or low cost for employers and because craigslist is so simple to use, it very popular for small and medium-sized employers to use.You will find real jobs with small employers on Craigslist that you wont find anywhere else.You will also find job postings from larger employers as well.
Within each craigslist, postings are organized into categories by industry or profession (e.g. accounting + finance, admin / office, arch / engineering, art / media, and so on). Within each category, jobs published by date in reverse-chronological order, with the newest at the top (however briefly).
Because most jobs are posted for free, some junk is posted and so, unfortunately, are scams. You need to be relatively cautious and skeptical about applying for jobs you find online.Read9 Characteristics of a Job Scamfor moreinformation.
Craigslist is self-policing through several community moderation methods. More than 15% of all craigslist postings are removed as a result of community input. Some cities appear to be more tolerant than others, so each craigslist location/site demonstrates its own unique personality.
See Job-HuntsGuide to Using Craigslist to Find a Jobfor more details on effectively using craigslist for your job search.
Because craigslist is so successful, other craigslist wannabes are appearing every day, usually just emulating what craigslist already does so well and so inexpensively.
These days, many newspapers have put those Help Wanted ads on their websites. For the web, these are usually unique listings, specific to the location. It is worth checking outyour local newspapers website to see if they post their own classified job ads on their website.
Local businesses like dentists or doctors offices, car dealers, and apartment complexes that have always advertised in the Help Wanted are still advertising there, but probably reaching a smaller audience. Often, those are the only places you will find those particular job postings online.
Sometimes the ads are presented as un-searchable images, organized into the traditional classifieds categories perfect duplicates of the printed paper. Sometimes the printed classifieds are converted into searchable text.
Sadly, the number of those classic classifieds actually being published online seems to be declining.
Many newspapers, including the largest, adapted to the new competition from large job sites by outsourcing the Jobs portion of their website to those same employment super sites, often Indeed, CareerBuilder, or Monster. Essentially they provide a window into the existing database of jobs at a different site, quite disconnected from the real Help Wanted ads appearing in the printed editions of the paper.
Initially, perhaps, the rationale was to retain the value of the printed ad, which was only available to those who purchased the printed edition of the newspaper. Unfortunately, you and anyone else using the big job site will find the same ads. So no particular benefit to you, except perhaps the jobs visible may be restricted to those in your location.
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Online job search expert Susan P. Joycehas been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff graduate who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of . Follow Susan on Twitter cebookLinkedIn, andGoogle+.
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