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iNTeNSeBLue98
09-05-2008, 01:43 PM
I am not familiar with Craig's List, but I see that they have job openings.
If I would be interested, do I just send a resume off to the poster? Is is acceptable to email the posters to inquire more about the opening?

aclov
09-05-2008, 01:47 PM
When I was in the job market I would look there and my current job was actually posted on there but I had applied through a different website. Yes, you would just reply back through the link or sometimes they have a different website listed. I would just follow what the ad states.

branv
09-05-2008, 03:20 PM
Yes, unless instructed otherwise, just email using the link your questions or a cover letter with your resume attached (though as a former recruiter, I strongly urge people to read very carefully the job advertisement...often there are specific instructions as to what to send, how to send it, how to contact me, etc, in addition to ample information on the jobs. I can't tell you how many times people called me asking questions that were already answered in the job ad or who sent in the wrong info or sent it incorrectly against my instructions. Almost always I put those resumes aside...just like in elementary school, bad marks for "does not follow instructions.")

Just a word to the wise that Craigslist job openings are just as prone to scams as any other area. Think about it: how many want you to click on a craigslist link to contact them, which hides their email address. You may think you're sending it to Big Company ABC, but how can you be sure? And some don't even tell you the name of their company in the ad!

So, I never send resumes through Craigslist without removing my address and phone number, providing only an email address. I simply put in my cover letter that due to Craigslist open format, for the sake of security, I will be happy to provide my contact information after I hear from them directly (and therefore have a verifiable contact name/location...though I don't type that). Any professional person worth a dime would understand, and it's not been a problem for me so far.

Best of luck to all job hunters out there :thumbsup2

iNTeNSeBLue98
09-05-2008, 04:00 PM
This is the contact info after the details, which are fairly specific, of a particular posting I'm interested in.

So it's okay to email and ask the name and/or location of the company?


Please send me an email ASAP to apply for this position at **********@gmail.com.

Compensation: $*.50 to $**.95 per hour, DOE.
OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

branv
09-05-2008, 04:30 PM
Since they weren't specific, I'd sent an email formed as a cover letter and resume in an attachment (with a note in your cover letter that if the person has any problems with the attachment, you would be happy to send the resume in the body of an email).

My one concern is that this is going to a gmail address...which would imply that this could be something as simple as a small/personal or home business, or something bad like a scam or questionable in nature. Hard to tell without the body of the job description (though it maybe it's just me and years of writing these things, I'm going to assume most most people find it pretty easy to spot when they're questionable or more sleazy/crooked type of positions ;) ). But personally, I wouldn't immediately ask what company this is for, as if they are professional and interested, they will fill you in with a return email. Just proceed with caution.

iNTeNSeBLue98
09-05-2008, 06:11 PM
Since they weren't specific, I'd sent an email formed as a cover letter and resume in an attachment (with a note in your cover letter that if the person has any problems with the attachment, you would be happy to send the resume in the body of an email).

My one concern is that this is going to a gmail address...which would imply that this could be something as simple as a small/personal or home business, or something bad like a scam or questionable in nature. Hard to tell without the body of the job description (though it maybe it's just me and years of writing these things, I'm going to assume most most people find it pretty easy to spot when they're questionable or more sleazy/crooked type of positions ;) ). But personally, I wouldn't immediately ask what company this is for, as if they are professional and interested, they will fill you in with a return email. Just proceed with caution.

If it eases your fears about potentially being a scam, the email address is a person's name. That is why I ***'d it out. The job description is pretty thorough which to me seems legit. Most of the listing I looked at were vague.

iggbees
09-05-2008, 07:27 PM
the job that i had prior to going to grad school was posted on craigslist. however, i knew that it was a legit business since it was at a university. i just emailed the person asking if the job was still available and sent my resume and cover letter along.

NVDisMom
09-05-2008, 08:35 PM
gmail always maks me nervous too. I would send an email detailing your interest and asking any questions you may have. When they respond, then you can send your resume off. Consider it an effort to protect your private info. Good Luck!

eolian
09-05-2008, 08:48 PM
I just finished a job search and applied to several jobs on craigslist. I learned quickly that if the salary is way too high, it's a scam. If the email address is gmail, etc google it. Often the same ad was posted in honolulu and texas too and it'll come up in the search and you can avoid it also. If you get an email asking you to apply through a website that seems fishy, don't bother. I got a few interviews with employment agencies through CL, but in the end got my job from the newspaper classifieds.