Craigslist Job Lead Search Tips
Craigslist is just one of many excellent (FREE) resource when it comes to locating home-based job leads… IF you know how to avoid the scams. Over the years, I’ve connected with lots of writing clients, via the site. Three of my part-time customer service jobs were also a result of Craigslist ads. Honestly, you just have to know how to look. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Unbelievable Income Claims
One of the first things to watch out for, in regard to work-at-home scams on Craigslist, is an ad that promises you’ll make hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars a day. Wouldn’t it be great if that were true?
The majority of the time, these listings are sales oriented jobs that are strictly commission-based. Even if the company is legitimate… and most of the time it’s not… the chance of you making that much money is almost nonexistent. Another clue that this type of ad is a scam is that the employment details are very vague.
There are tons of posts to wade through on Craigslist. Typically, the way an ad is structured helps you to ascertain if the employment offer is legitimate or not.. First of all, if the post is written in ALL CAPS, it’s probably best to overlook it.
Let’s face it, all-caps ads are screaming at you… begging you to contact the poster to learn more. If curiosity gets the best of you and you want to reply, do this first. Hover your mouse over the URL that pops up on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. If it includes a word such as “freedom,” “wealth” or “profit,” it probably isn’t worth your time.
Company Name Availability
If a company name (or e-mail) isn’t listed in the Craigslist job posting, be somewhat wary. There are scads of anonymous job leads, posted on the site every day. Many companies don’t want to put all of their information out there, which is quite understandable. Just be careful when applying to an anonymous ad. Don’t give out too much information until you feel comfortable that the company is legit.
Home-based Job vs. Home-based Business
Before you start searching for a home-based job on Craigslist, make sure you know the difference between a job and a business opportunity. Tons of work from home job postings are actually work from home opportunities in disguise.
In a nutshell, it’s a job if you’re hired by the company for a specific position. You work for the company, the same as a brick and morter job. In essence, it’s a business opportunity when it’s necessary to spend money to get started and you work for yourself.
A great example of a business opportunity is signing up with a direct sales company. You get paid by the company. However, it’s completely up to you to find customers, generate sales, etc.
Adhuntr Classifieds Search
Regardless of what you’re searching for on Craigslist, Adhuntr.com is your best friend. Seriously! Simply type in your keyword and Adhuntr simultaneously searches all of Craigslist. How cool is that?
These are some of the best keywords to use when searching Craigslist or Adhuntr:
- work from home
- remote workers
For best results, don’t put your zip code in the zip code box. Type in something along the lines of “virtual” or “remote” instead.
Big City Search
If you prefer not to use Adhuntr, my suggestion to you is to search larger cities first.. Why? Many companies, looking to hire several employees at once, typically post ads on the big city boards. This includes locations such as Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Detroit, and Chicago.
Have you ever found a home-based job on Craigslist? Have you ever been scammed?. Either way, feel free to share your Craigslist experience below. It might help someone else with their own search.