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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November 21st, 2020 Seattle, WA DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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Craigslist has always been a value for me as I'm able to find whatever it is I need. My interactions with other's on the platform have always been positive which is why I continue to go back.

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I love how many things you have on your website. Very useful for many things you need in life. Very easy to use and very easy to post. Great site to sell and find stuff your looking to buy.

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jaci finch

November 20th, 2020 Corpus Christi, TX

Craigslist is the place to go to buy an old couch, not find a job. The jobs on there are sketchy. The people are sketchy. I do not recommend.

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Very popular site but not trustworthy at all. Too many scammers on here posting items and in addition scammers on the other end trying to scam people out of their belongings that they are trying to sell

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Best place to post jobs, for sale items, yard sales, etc. Easy to use. Reliable. Great filters for finding what you want. Good variety of categories to separate goods and services

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Craigslist is awesome because you can find any and every thing you want and need

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topaztije

November 6th, 2020 ,

Craigslist is OK for selling or buying goods, not so great for finding a job. There are far too many scammers on here posting bogus jobs.

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Alyssa Hansel

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Craigslist is one of my favorite sites! It takes a little getting used to the format of the site, ut once you do it's easy to navigate and find great deals and job opportunities that are local in your community!

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nicholas james vanderhoof

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Its easy to post until they started charging five dollars. so now i dont use it much anymore to post, If i had friends or family i would just use facebook to post things

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Kelly Zemrose

October 13th, 2020 Tampa, FL

Its easy to use and I do like it however it's shady as well and should be used with caution.

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This site has it's ups and downs. But overall it's a quality site. If you focus on what you're looking for, and know how to watch out for fake ads/posts; it's a useful and effective website. You can pretty much find anything you need. It's also great for selling items, adopting out pets; and posting jobs. The prices seem fair too.

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Roxana Perez

October 9th, 2020 ,

I really like Craigslist, but it is not always a place I would trust to find jobs. There are some jobs that just seem like a scam or an advertisement. Additionally, there is not always a lot of information about the company, so I do not get reassurance of who they are.

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CAHomeOwner

October 6th, 2020 Clovis, CA

This site can be good or terrible. There is a lot of spam/scammer posts. I use it to search for used furniture and have bought things through people on here.

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Matters

September 23rd, 2020 Norfolk, VA

I tried finding a job through Craigslist a while back and ran into some weird people. Wish it was not as open to people who have secondary agendas. It is a good tool, but every user needs to be careful and smart.

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In my area craigslist isn’t utilized that much for jobs except for hourly positions or contract work. It isn’t really used for professional career recruiting for jobs.

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MARIXA GOLDEN

August 31st, 2020 Menifee, CA

I just love this site, Craigslist it just so helpful. I sold my car within 7 days, very great source for buying, selling or just giving away things. I got so many calls once I posted, free shed, and it was just great, to get rid of it within an hour.

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since other sites have come along, i have noticed the spam pile up on craigslist

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RONALD SAINVIL

July 28th, 2020 Springfield, MA

Graiglist is an amazing platform. You can almost get whatever you'd like, and the platform gives you the opportunity to sell your stuff as well. Interesting !

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I use Craigslist when shopping for any used product in my metro area. I have posted several items, including vehicles, and received quick responses. Some of the responses are scams, but they are easy to identify.

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MARIE-NOELLE MARQUIS

July 22nd, 2020 Los Angeles, CA

I wish Craigslist was better at vetting their posts. I still think it’s a fantastic tool to use but unfortunately there’s been more and more scams on there in recent years. I used to rely on it all the time and now I’m more hesitant.

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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 8th, 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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Wendy Liu

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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 12th, 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 8th, 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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Brenda Mertes

November 15th, 2019 Houston, TX DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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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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Nathan D.

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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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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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Eric Smith

November 8th, 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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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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February 12th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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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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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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Lauren Jorgensen

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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 2nd, 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.