Craigslist.org is a well-known online classifieds website that began as an email distribution list in 1995. With headquarters in San Francisco, the small company manages to reach tens and millions of people around the world. 1 million new jobs are listed each month, including positions for hire with the company itself.  

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The Good

  • Price range
  • Reach
  • Experience
Price Range

It is always free to look for a job on craigslist. It is usually free to post a job as well, but there are some exceptions:

  1. Job postings in selected, highly-populated areas ($15-75)
  2. Brokered apartment rentals in the New York City area ($10)
  3. Therapeutic services in the U.S. ($10)
  4. Tickets by-dealer in the U.S. ($5)
  5. Cars/trucks by-dealer in the U.S. ($5)

Policies about pricing are subject to change at any time. The latest updates on fees can be accessed at Craigslist.org's site explaining fees.

Reach

The company receives more than 1 million new job listings each month. Presently, with all its categories (services, community, for sale, etc.), craigslist.org claims to have over 60 million people use the site per month - in the U.S. alone.

Craigslist.org offers the ability to post a resume online, but many leading employment experts recommend against this practice due to privacy concerns. For this reason, as such as a job seeker, Craigslist.org is best used as an online classified resource rather than a tool for networking or self-promotion. For employers, the number of people who will see a particular ad will vary greatly due to the popularity of craigslist in the local area and particular market.

Experience

The company began in 1995 as an email list to advertise events in the bay area. As the number of subscribers and postings grew, the list soon became an avenue for employers to reach a large number of potential recruits. The website, complete with a jobs category and corresponding subcategories, was officially launched in 1996.

The Bad

  • Resources and learning materials
  • Special features
  • Customer support
Resources and Learning Materials

Craigslist.org doesn't offer any services such as resume templates, salary calculators, etc. and is designed to be used as a community classified service. However, to help their community members avoid scams, they offer tips and techniques to avoid a potential scam.

Special Features

Craiglist is lacking by way of special features that might add to a job seeker or job poster's success. However, some users might prefer the simplicity that sets it apart. Craigslist.org is a simple text-based site and loads easily and a large part of this is that there are minimal programming bells and whistles at play.

As with many other job search sites, one can browse listings by category, search for specific listings, or browse all listings by clicking the "jobs" link in the column above the categories. There is some ability available to filter jobs which are telecommute, contract, internship, part time, non-profit or if there is a picture or title in the listing by selecting the appropriate radio box(es) on the jobs or any of the category pages. One can create a free account, in which past listings can be managed. This can help streamline posting for multiple positions and does not take the place of the posting fees in the markets which require paying for job listings.

Customer Support

Craigslist users are often dissatisfied with the customer service at craigslist. And it makes sense that a company of 30 employees struggles to monitor questionable content being generated by millions of users around the world. However, the company does have a contact form that customers can submit with questions and concerns. These concerns are divided into topics such as posting security, personal harassment, paid postings, etc. Phone support can be accessed at 800-664-0633.

The Bottom Line

Craigslist is notorious for scams, particularly in the employment categories, so the review team suggests exercising caution if applying to jobs through a craigslist page. The lack of learning materials and other additional resources or features also leaves much to be desired. Despite its extensive reach of potential employees and employers, the risks of relying on craigslist outweigh the benefits.

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Rathan Kumar

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Great for any odd job. I have hired contractors and found a great business for my gardening and landscape work.

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Craigslist can get a little bit shady sometimes. Some listings do not seem too legit. While its nice to use craigslist for little jobs here and there, it is kind of hard knowing when they truly need help or are going to do something.

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Many fake advertisements and not trustworthy. A lot of scammers looking for people to prey on. Not the best to use for job searchers.

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Eric Gagnard

March 9th, 2020 Dallas, TX

Never use craigslist to find a job. Shoddy people and risky situations around every corner

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I really like this app because it allows you to search for a job but it is a bit sketchy! I have been able to apply to some jobs but I never got a call back.

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Dwhoush

February 27th, 2020 Theodore, AL

Craigslist hasn’t been very good to me. While yes, there are jobs on there and I have found some quick gigs on there. You have to dig through so many ads or junk posts to find the good ones.

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Craigslist has a variety of items to choose from at the best prices!

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Craigslist is just okay. I’d say it’s not the best site to look for a job on as it just seems sketchy to me.

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Angelina Hamilton

February 7th, 2020 Jackson, MS

I haven’t really found any quality jobs on here. When I think of a job this really isn’t the site I think of first. I guess maybe if they branded themselves more on this angle it would help.

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Mhorne182

February 6th, 2020 West Valley City, UT

Craigslist interface is terrible and have never found anything worth buying. Also, feels real sketchy. If living in Utah, there is zero use for craigslist. KSL is much better

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Seth

February 6th, 2020 Managua, MN

I have used craigslist ones or twice for job searches and it never ended up with realistic leads. The couple I chose were fake.

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SkylarPickens

January 15th, 2020 Houston, TX

Can find anything on craigslist! Amazing help for me to find jobs and anything for that matter!

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Rebecca Harvey

January 13th, 2020 Long Beach, MS

Craigslist used to be good but now they aren’t filtering their customers posts. Most of the jobs in the search engines are inappropriate and/or are scams.

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Naya

January 10th, 2020 Tallahassee, FL

Now as there are more job search engines out, craigslist can be a bit outdated and may not always pull the results you need.

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Roberson

December 9th, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT

Craiglist is a wonderful application to sell and buy items, however when it comes to job searching it is often difficult to weed through all the scam job advertisements.

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Juan

December 4th, 2019 Beaver, PA

Craigslist is pretty sketchy now a days when it comes to job postings. Not many are real. I would look elsewhere

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If you are posting on Craigslist then you must be in desperation mode. This is not an ideal job board, more like online flea market.

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Haven't been overly impressed when job searching briefly on Craigslist. Didn't seem like most jobs were legitimate or even being offered by a company. A lot of odd jobs on there.

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Craigslist gets shady. There has been many times that I've applied for a job and my GPS lead me to an apartment complex which I did not go into of course. I think Craigslist could benefit from better security options. However, I have had two wonderful jobs come from Craigslist before that provided invaluable experience, so I wouldn't write it off completely.

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Craigslist is a good place for finding entry level positions, at least it was in 2010 when I used it to find my current company. The posting on Craigslist helped me connect with a recruiter which helped me land a full time job with benefits.

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Eric Smith

November 11th, 2019 Riverton, UT

In my search for jobs on Craigslist there are a lot of listings but not the fit I was searching for.

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I hired Dan from do it all movers, he showed up with 2 other guys ready to work!! I've used big moving companies in the past, but these guys were some of the best movers I've had!!! Thanks a lot!!!

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Lori Fletcher

February 13th, 2019 Saratoga Springs, UT

I won’t use Craigslist because of all the scammers out there. They don’t have enough security for what is posted.

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We tried Criagslist for the hiring process for our business. It was ok but I probably wouldn't us it again. The quality of the specific candidates I was looking for was not specific enough for us and we didn't end up finding anyone that had the qualifications we needed. We chose to try another company.

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Craigslist is a good way to find employment opportunities in your local area. I have found quite a few jobs for my painting business through Craigslist and have also been able to generate traffic to my website by advertising on it.

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I have had an ok experience with craigslist. I feel like there is a lot of unknowns on there though. I feel like some of the quality is questionable. I wish there was a better way to vet the ads/services. I feel like some other websites are more useful for doing that.

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FABIO CAVALCANTI

February 5th, 2019 Orem, UT DETAILS arrow_drop_down

Although a free service, the interface is not good .. they are doing it for a long time and they should consider doing a face lift on their website.. I rather use KSL classifieds than craigslist.

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Craigslist is my least favorite place to look for anything. The website seems to be outdated and finding things is very difficult.

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janalee sanders

February 4th, 2019 Valley Center, CA

I tried craigslist when helping my son look for job options and while there were a lot of listings to pick from it seamed as though quite a few of them were either no longer available or the jobs were not exactly as the description. I get that updating is probably the responsibility of the poster. it just took a little longer looking for something that was available.

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Shaylee

January 16th, 2019 Provo, UT

Craigslist is a nice place to search for jobs. There is a lot of variety and it is nice because you can search using different subtitles.

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Hailey Nilson

January 7th, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT

I love Craigslist because it shows new job lists everyday, the site is free, and you can post your resume or place an ad under " Services Offered."

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Katie Marz

December 19th, 2018 Orem, UT

Craigslist is great site to look for jobs, but most of them are odd jobs and there are a lot of weirdos on there. Make sure you look carefully before taking jobs.

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Searching for a job on Craiglist sketches me out. I would want them to verify that the job is real and not a trap for human trafficking. I think Craiglist is good for finding a used dining room table, but it's not the most reliable for job searching.

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Matthew Carbaugh

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Was able to find a part-time dog walking job in between full-time jobs. Really appreciate that you can find small, quick jobs for some fast cash when you need it.

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Jorden Laird

December 13th, 2018 Front Royal, VA

There are so many fake job postings listed or MLM job offerings on craigslist. It's ok for other things, but I would not trust for job postings.

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Darius Williams

December 10th, 2018 Alexandria, VA

i use craigslist a lot to buy and sell items. really easy to post and find things you want

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Ive used craigslist to look for jobs, you have to be careful and safe and make sure the jobs are legit jobs. Never go alone to the first meeting event just in case, but overall it was always a good experience.

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be aware and mindful of this i recommend not to buy things off this website completely misleading you never know what your really going to get or who your dealing with plus offer up kinda my this obsolete at this point

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Dee Farquharson

December 6th, 2018 Washington, DC

Lots of scammers. Lots of ads I've seen want money to "get started" and seem to desperate to be real.

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I tried to look for employment on Craigslist but seems like the people that are allow to post a job opening are not verified and when they reply they seem very sketchy and seems not to trust-able.

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Katie Kearney

December 3rd, 2018 Vienna, VA

There are so many fake jobs on Craigslist and it is just not easy to scroll through and find relevant jobs that are actually legit.

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Jobie Goodro

November 30th, 2018 Orem, UT

Used this a lot but it’s not the best. Lots of false advertising and personal adds.

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Lindsay Fritts

November 16th, 2018 San Diego, CA

I actually used Craigslist to get the job I have now! I don't love the job search of cragislist, there are a lot of spam and things you have to weed through, but you can come across some really good positions!

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Eric

November 16th, 2018 San Diego, CA

Wanna find a job while weeding through the nonsense scams that are posted. Craiglist is your place for good times like that. With that being said I have actually found employment a couple of times through the site...

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Amber C Frey

November 16th, 2018 San Diego, CA

Craigslist is hit or miss when it comes to looking for a job. You definitely have to be weary of scam artists. I have found several reliable jobs through Craigslist though, including my current one.

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Deborah Hyde

October 29th, 2018 Springfield, MO

I wouldn't recommend Craigslist for people looking for a job. There are too many scams listed there. It is easy to navigate, but very hard to tell if jobs are legitimate there and contacting people from an ad is hard.

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Sofie Rosenvall

September 20th, 2018 Alpine, UT

Great service to find job listings. Easy and simple website to navigate. Great place to post jobs or to find jobs.

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Noelle

August 28th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

I love Craigslist! So easy for me to find the job I need and I'm looking for! Almost every job I have gotten was from Craigslist, so it is very reliable!

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Mali

August 28th, 2018 Orem, UT

this site use to be popular and my first choice for job searches. But with too many hackers and dishonest people on craigslist i have lost interest in this site. I have also noticed not too many employers list on craigslist anymore.

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NT

August 27th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

too many false advertisement and scams. i use to use craigslist a lot in the past until i started getting unknown emails from random people not related to the job or advertisement posting.