June 8th, 2012 → 1:29 pm
@ Mark Story
The nice thing about having a January publication deadline is that I get time to think about things that I may have overlooked when writing the book. There are those occasional #facepalm moments in which I am seized by a firm grasp of the obvious, brought to my attention by someone else. This is one of those moments.
In the June 7 ResumeWriting.com post “Jobseekers Forget About Craigslist At Their Peril,” the author reminds me that Craig’s List is still a terrific resource for job listings in social media. Unlike more prominent sources like Monster.com or Indeed.com that cost a company money, it’s free to post a job on Craig’s List.
The advantages of using this as a resource include the fact that:
- It’s hyper-local. People from Columbus, Ohio are unlikely to be applying for jobs in Washington, DC. The pool of people against whom you are competing is smaller.
- It’s still hip. My experience has been that many of the smaller, boutique social media agencies are still using Craig’s List to post job openings. I searched in Washington, DC for “social media” in job openings and the results included 43 jobs posted in the last seven days. That’s significant. Not all of them were spot-on, but 43 is a pretty big number. I get that DC is a large market, but it’s still a healthy amount.
- Direct access. When you respond to a Craig’s List job, you are, in essence, having an email conversation with the person who posted the opening. My sense is that other, larger platform involve having your information dumped into a database. I much prefer the conversational aspect to it.
- It shows that your potential employer gets social media. Craig’s List is about as low-tech as you can get, but it’s s niche. Those who use it for recruiting are much more likely to have an understanding of online, its impact and where the talented people are online.
The jobs that I have encountered on Craig’s List tend to be junior and mid-level, so I am not sure that I would recommend it for more senior job-seekers. But if you are starting your career in social media, it’s a resource.