Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, items for sale, items wanted, services, community service, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.
Maybe you have come across some interesting jobs on Craigslist and you are wondering if you should create a Craigslist resume?
While posting about yourself on Craigslist could be a good idea, it’s important to create the best Craigslist resume in order to attract the top positions.
First, we will walk you through how to post your resume on Craigslist.
Next, we will give you some tips on how to make your resume stand out from your competition.
How to post your resume on Craigslist
To post your resume on Craigslist (free), you should first go to craiglist.org.
Once you are on the Craigslist website, click on the “Create a posting” button on the top left corner (see picture below).
Next, select the “resume / job wanted” option and then click “continue”.
Finally, select “I am an individual seeking employment” and then click “continue”.
Now you should be on the page that asks for you to provide a posting title, location, description, and contact info.
This leads us to our next section of the article where we will discuss how to properly create a Craigslist resume that will get results.
How to make the best Craigslist resume
To set yourself apart from your competition that may also be looking for a job on Craigslist, it’s important that you take the time to focus on your Craigslist posting.
Anyone can create a resume on Craigslist. But very few people are doing it right.
We’ve broken up this process into seven simple steps.
1. Posting title
The posting title is the second most important part of your Craigslist resume.
Creating a catchy title that will attract your future employers’ attention is crucial.
To give you an idea of some of the resume titles floating around on Craigslist, we’ve included a few samples of what we found.
- Christian Female Seeking Work/Gigs! Office/Nanny/OnlineSales/Mngmt.Exp
- Collission repair tech or handyman
- Customer service 20 years experience trying to relocate
- 25 year old hard worker seeking employment
- Small-time trimmers we will trim your herb for you
Your posting title is the first thing that employers will see when they are searching for resumes.
Without a catchy posting title, the rest of your information will most likely never be seen.
Here are some tips on creating a catchy headline:
- Make sure to state the kind of work you are looking for.
- Say something unique that others are not saying.
- Be concise and to the point.
Here are some examples of catchy headlines:
(Desired Job) | (Interesting Fact) | (Proof of Quality)
Sales Associate | ESTJ Personality Type | Top 10% Sales Achiever
Handyman | Complete Toolset Owner | 20+ Years Working w/ Hands
Customer Service Rep | Voted Most Friendly in School | People Person
2. City or neighborhood
This one is fairly straightforward. While it is not a required field, we recommend entering the name of the city that you live.
3. Postal code
Also straightforward, make sure to enter your current postal code or a nearby postal code so that people looking to hire in your area can find your resume.
4. Description (most important)
The description is the most important part of the entire Craigslist resume.
This is the section where you can share information about yourself, prior work experience, achievements, and more.
Posting a resume on Craigslist is different than what you would expect out of a traditional resume. Since Craigslist only provides one large textbox to enter information, you won’t be able to use any fancy formatting. But that’s ok!
Start off by creating the sections you will write about within the “description”.
Here are the three main sections you should be writing about:
- Work Experience
If you already have a resume, your job will be very easy. Simply copy and paste each of these sections from your resume and add them to your Craigslist posting.
If you don’t have a resume, we recommend you read these additional articles:
First, check out this article on How to Write a Great Resume Summary Statement.
Second, check out this article on 4 Tips to Write Your Resume Work Experience Section.
Finally, if you have any formal education, include it near the bottom of your Craigslist resume.
Below we share a resume sample on Craigslist that you can take a look at.
Select the days and times that you are able to work. You can select one, or as many boxes as you’d like.
6. Posting details
Posting details pretty much just asks what level of education you have, and whether or not you’d like recruiters to contact you.
I’d recommend checking the box to allow “direct contact by recruiters”.
7. Contact info
Finally, your contact info. Enter the best email account that you check regularly.
In order to keep your personal email private, we recommend selecting the bubble next to “CL mail relay” and not checking the box next to “show my phone number”.
Sample Craigslist Resume
Below we have provided two sample Craigslist resumes: one that we created as a guide for you to copy, and another that we thought was funny, and highly recommend you do not copy.
Here is a good example of a resume posted on Craigslist:
Here is a bad example of a resume posted on Craigslist:
Popular cities to find jobs on Craigslist
Craigslist resumes and jobs can be found in nearly every major city across the United States.
Some of the most popular locations to find work and post your resume on Craigslist include:
If your city was not mentioned on this list, don't worry. You can browse all the cities with Craigslist jobs by going here and clicking on the "resumes" category.
Additional career resources
Since finding a job can be a difficult process, we've included some more resources below that might be able to help.
Check out the 10 Best Free Resume Review Sites and get your resume reviewed for free today!
Consider hiring a professional resume writer within your local city. Check out our list of locally available resume writers.
If you prefer to write the resume yourself, check out these tips on How to Write a Professional Resume that can be used for Craigslist.