Craigslist Ruins Great Resource for Some Dallas Job Seekers
Craigslist Starts Pay-to-Post in Dallas Area Job Listings
I'm sure you've all been to Craigslist many times for something or other. It is a great resource, easy to navigate and a relief on the eyes. One of the best things about Craigslist is that it is free to post most types of ads in most cities. Great for when you need to sell some junk around the house!
Until recently it was even free for Dallas area employers to post their job openings. This made Craigslist an excellent resource for job seekers. Many great opportunities could be found that didn't appear on Monster or Careerbuilder. As of October 15th, this all ended when Craigslist began charging employers to post ads in Dallas.
But the Spam! The Spam!
Supposedly the reasoning for the new charge is to cut down on spam postings and fake job ads. Personally, I never experienced having to sort through much of this. Maybe one or two a week, but not enough to warrant this action.
Other Dallas Craigslist users disagree with me, complaining that their job searching was really hampered by these unwanted posts, and they welcome the new change. I think maybe the spammers only posted in certain areas if it was ever even really a big problem at all.
Where do Spammers' Spam?
I am a PC hardware tech by trade. I mostly read listings in the "Tech Support" area to find both short and long-term contracts. I also enjoy driving and occasionally scan listing areas where I may find courier and catering jobs.
Spam and fake jobs were never a big problem for me in any of these listing areas. The only areas I saw a lot of spam, fake jobs, work-at-home scams and the like were in the "Et Cetera" listing area. Which strikes me as where these types of posts belong anyway!
I don't know where on Dallas Craigslist legitimate job seekers were so hampered by such posts that they just couldn't function! Of course, there are whiners that see one spam post and complain about it. As far as I am concerned, the flagging system was very effective and all that was needed to get rid of inappropriate posts.
The Aftermath of Pay-To-Post
Some of us Dallas Craigslist users are not happy. The site we use to look to as a great alternative to Monster and CareerBuilder has basically been wiped out! The "Tech Support" listing area which use to boast as many as 20 or so good job leads a day, now has five or less.
Some users have argued, "Well, if the employer can't afford to pay for an ad, they're not worth working for anyway!" This is a LAME argument. The first thing any good business wants to do is save money where it can. Dallas area employers had Craigslist to use as a great way to save a lot of dough looking for prospective employees. Plenty of major employers posted on Craigslist rather than Monster or Careerbuilder. I know because I got contracts at those places through their ads. They were good paying contracts, not crap jobs.
What Will Happen Now? Any Alternative to Craigslist?
Some users like myself have begun to complain in the Craigslist feedback forum about the negative result of their action. I doubt it will do any good if more people are happy with the change than unhappy, but all you can do is try.
I have begun searching for a Dallas job listing site that is free for employers to post to. I haven't found anything I like so far, but I'm sure the employers who use to post on Craigslist are looking also! That means soon we will all figure out where each other have relocated to!
In the mean time I guess it's just back to Monster and Careerbuilder, where I've never found any decent job lead that actually panned out to anything worthwhile.
The dirty, little secret is that most employers who use Monster and Careerbuilder DON'T spend their money posting ads on those sites either!! They pay a fee to browse through resumes and call people who they think may fill job openings they have! They search specific keywords and then sort the results by the most recently updated resumes.
If you don't believe me, just go to these sites, browse through the crappy job postings, then update your resume. Even if you don't need to update it, just make a minor change then change it back and save it.
I guarantee that if your are in a field in demand, like IT, you will be swamped by calls and e-mails from employers for the next week or two! Very few of them will have ever posted an ad on Monster or Careerbuilder!
That's my advice for now! Goodbye Craigslist! It was fun while it lasted!
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