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How to Post Your Resume on Craigslist

How to Post Your Resume on Craigslist

Craigslist is a free alternative to those job sites that charge you to post your resume. While we generally encourage you to craft your resume for the specific job opening rather than take a scattershot approach, people with specialized, in demand skills can catch the eye of an employer searching the craigslist resume postings.

One thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to post your resume on Craigslist is that you may be leaving yourself open to the possibility of identity theft or other problems. Because of its size and built in anonymity, Craigslist has been used successfully by criminals and scammers to ruin lives through identity theft, financial fraud, and rumor mongering.

Whether replying to a job posting or posting your resume for prospective employers to review, it is prudent to provide a limited amount of information. Include a way to contact you and a short explanation of your background rather than your full resume. If you catch an employer’s attention, you can send your resume to them directly once you are comfortable with their credibility.

Instructions for posting your resume or career synopsis on Craigslist:

  1. Prepare your resume and save it as a Microsoft Word file or another common format. Better yet, create a synopsis that omits personal information like dates, companies you worked for etc. that could benefit someone intent on highjacking your identity. Instead, list your skills and greatest achievements as measurable demonstrations of what you have to offer (“increased holiday website sales by 125% through an innovative ad campaign”).
  2. Go to http://www.craigslist.org
  3. Choose the geographic location where you want your resume displayed. First, choose the state on the right hand side of the page, and then on the next page choose the nearest city. If you recently visited your local craigslist site then your browser may default to that and you won’t have to choose the location.
  4. Click on “Post to Classifieds” in the top of the left column. Then click on “resume / job wanted” on the next page.
  5. Log in – or create an account if you don’t have one, then log in. Verify your phone as directed (if you’re asked to do so), then click on “continue posting”.
  6. Choose a catchy “Posting Title.” Write a brief headline that describes your greatest achievement, skills or abilities in the “Posting Title” box. Think in terms of an ad title that will catch the reader’s eye – but don’t go overboard or stretch the truth.
  7. Enter a “Specific Location”. This would be where you live, or where you want to work. This is not a required field but can alert employers who want someone local.
  8. Copy and paste your resume in the big text box called “Posting Description”. Make sure it’s formatted nicely, looks neat and is easy to read.
  9. Include your e-mail address in the box for it under the large text box for the resume.
  10. Select contact options. We suggest the “reply to” option that keeps your email address anonymous.
  11. Click “Continue” to preview your posting. Click on “Edit” to make any necessary revisions (remember, the formatting must be perfect – no typos, grammatical errors or formatting errors). Click “Continue” when your resume posting is perfect.
  12. Verify your posting by typing the letters you see into the box (just as you see them, including caps).  Read and agree to the terms.
  13. Check your e-mail for a message from Craigslist. Click the link contained within the email. Save this email, as you will need it to delete or edit your posting.
  14. Publish your posting. Review your resume one last time and click “Publish” once you are certain everything is perfect.

Important Tips for Posting Your Resume on Craigslist

  • Save the email you got from Craigslist. You will need it to edit or delete your posting.
  • You can only post to one category in one city every 48 hours.
  • There is a check box during the submission process that reads, “OK for others to contact you about other services, products or commercial interests.” That is essentially an invitation for spam, so leave it unchecked.
  • Limit your posting to just one region.

Craigslist can be an important asset in your job-hunting arsenal. Just be careful to protect your personal information and watch out for employment scams.

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  1. ONA J. SMOLLER
    3610 Yacht Club Drive (786) 512-3338
    Miami, Florida 33180 Email: osmoller@msn.com

    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
    • Dynamic, resourceful professional with extensive experience in the cruise industry
    • Highly organized, detailed oriented with strategic negotiating and contracting skills
    • Results oriented multi-tasker with demonstrated ability to manage increasing responsibilities in a fast paced environment.
    • Able to build and develop strong relationships with vendors and management
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SalesForce.com
    EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    Negotiating and Contracting
     Negotiated and contracted with hotels and a variety of ancillary service providers for 19 homeports domestically and internationally
     Traveled 35% to homeports to conduct transportation and hotel site inspections and review eligibility based on quality, criteria and price structure resulting in cost savings
     Partnered with Legal and Risk Management teams in writing vendor contract terms and conditions
     Implemented and contracted airport parking program
     Developed a comprehensive Rate For Proposal template which defined parameters resulting in suppliers responding in a timely and accurate manner

    Researching, Analyzing and Problem Solving
     Researched and created a vendor bid analysis database to assist with final decisions of suppliers
     Addressed and resolved irregular or substandard services and reviewed with vendor
     Conducted ground transportation market strategic analysis resulting in an average savings of 15% against existing contracted rates and hotel analysis resulting in average savings of 20-25%

    Pricing and Budgeting
     Developed, priced and implemented over 15 tour packages including, transfers, theme park tickets, tours and attractions yearly grossing sales of over several million annually by maximizing sales volume of tour packages and monitoring hotel availability worldwide
     Provided supplier costs to Revenue Management for budget process
     Designed and implemented vendor invoicing systems for domestic and international suppliers streamlining payment process and resolved day-to-day invoicing and accounting issues

    Operations

     Assisted with the crisis management during emergency ship redeployments and hurricane preparedness by securing hotel, convention centers, ballroom space, transportation and luggage services. Recent incidents include creating an emergency plan to manage the Gulf oil disaster.
     Coordinated transportation for full ship charters, inaugurals and special shuttle arrangements
     Maintained portal for guests’ instructions and logistics to ensure that all hotel and transportation details were current

    Customer Service & Communication
     Cultivated and maintained new and existing vendor relationships by developing operational plans
     Communicated vendor changes companywide
     Represented Carnival Cruise Lines at annual Sea Trade convention
     Attended and contributed to meetings related to all services provided by cruise line

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
    Account Manager, Group Operations 2010-Present
    Travalco (Receptor), Sales, financial budgeting, negotiating, contracting supplier services, bi-lingual speaking tour guides, operates logistics/tours for leisure & incentive international groups travelling within the U.S.
    Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, FL
    Hotel & Transportation Analyst – Worldwide 1987 – 2010
    Package Development Administrator 1981- 1986

    EDUCATION
    Bryant University School of Business Administration, Rhode Island

  2. Denorris Matthews
    1026 ADAMS ST, DECATUR GA 30030
    MDENORRIS@YAHOO.COM
    404-551-0426 CELL
    404-373-8582 HOME

    KITCHEN SUPERVISOR
    Specializing in Continental Fine-Dining, American Cuisine
    Dynamic, Results-Oriented, and Team-Spirited

    Overview More than 20 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience. Exemplify leadership qualities and professionalism.
    Able to be work independently or with others and follow directions accurately. Accustomed to being in a professional environment and follow safety and sanitation guidelines.

    Professional Experience HMS Host
    CHILI’S TOO CONCOURSE A 1/2010-8/2011
    • High Volume Line Cook At Atlanta Airport
    • Prepared Food to Order in a Timely Matter
    • Followed Sanitation Guidelines
    • Worked as a Team Player

    DAILEY’S RESTURANT 1/1985-2/2008
    • Certisafe Certified
    • Managed back house operations
    • Controlled Labor
    • Controlled Waste and Prep amount
    • Nightly Ordering and Inventory
    • Maximizing kitchen productivity and staff performance
    • Specialized in Meat and Fish Cutting Skills
    • Food Expediter
    • Made Soups, Sauces and Daily Specials
    • Knife Skills
    • Able to follow recipes and proper measurements
    • Kitchen Closing Experience
    • Worked All Line Positions

  3. Enamul Chowdhury

    ENAMUL CHOWDHURY
    80-09 35th Avenue, #E11, Elmhurst, NY 11372
    Phone: (516) 395-3315, E-mail: ENMLE@aol.com
    Summary of Qualifications :
    Successful 15 year sales and management career building and developing a small business within emerging and highly competitive business market.Outstanding presentation,negotiation and leadership qualification.Demonstrated achievements in :
    * Customer relationship management * New business development
    * Strategic sales and market planning * Recruitment and traning
    * Consultative solutions selling * Scheduling and payroll
    * Profit and loss * Team building and leadership

    Professional Experience:
    Chevron gas and Mini Market., Buford, GA Oct 2008 – Jan 2011
    President/owner
    • As initial partner as a start-up operation, business development and planning. Recruitment, training and supervision.
    • Inventory control, finance and banking relationship.
    • Developed and monitored daily, weekly and monthly sales. Established yearly budget and business plan.
    • Drove sales from a zero base to $300,000 annually
    J&R Electronics Inc., New York, NY Jan 2007 – Aug 2008
    Store Manager
    • Accountable for budgeting, cost control, payroll, general accounting, and full profit and loss.
    • Developed marketing campaigns to increase visibility of store, analyzed demographics, defined the target market, and determined advertising placement.
    • Investigated and resolved quality and service complaints, ensuring customer satisfaction and repeat business.
    • Recruited, supervised, trained/coached and motivated service staff to enhance customer service and increase profits through suggestive selling for staff of up to 25 employees.
    CVS Pharmacy Corp., Queens, NY June 2006 – Jan 2007
    Assistant Manager
    • Emphasized and practiced excellent customer service.
    • Worked as right hand to manager; managed cash balances, vault records, cash supply, and inventory.
    • Handled operational tasks such as banking, weekly reports, scheduling and maintaining the presentation of the store.
    • Handled and processed deposits, payments, checks for cashing and other transactions.
    • Trained, coached and motivated associates to achieve company goals, and scheduled 27 personnel.

    Duane Reade Pharmacy Inc., New York, NY June 2003 – June 2006
    Assistant Store Manager
    • Supervised recruiting efforts by developing a team of qualified and dedicated sales associates.
    • Insured that customers receive satisfactory service and quality goods.
    • Administered in-store promotions, including displays, point-of-sales, and general retail operation.
    • Oversaw eight cash registers, verified receipts, handled all bank deposits, and monitored daily balances.

    Circuit City, Inc., Norwalk, CT Feb 2001 – May 2003
    Sales Counselor
    • Prepared and analyzed daily sales and assisted store director with forecasts.
    • Established multiple sales programs, created database of repeat customers, and offered special incentive rewards to guarantee referral business.
    • Maintained highest quality of customer service needs.

    Macy’s Herald Square, New York, NY Aug 1996 – Jan 2001
    Work Leader
    • Trained, monitored and mentored all associates to work as a team through providing the best customer service to achieve company goals.
    • Evaluated employee performance and provided feedback.
    • Enquired and negotiated with buyers, placed orders of merchandise and control inventory.
    • Accomplished significant expense reduction through manpower and loss prevention control processes.
    • Proactively generated ideas to develop business opportunities and maximize sales to achieve all financial goals established for the store.
    Education: Houstonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT Major: Business law

    Computer Software: MS Office Professional 2003, Quick Books Pro, and internet research.
    Skills:

    Languages: Fluency in speaking English, Bengali, conversational Hindi, and working knowledge of Spanish.

  4. Robert Gesso, CPA
    4 Country Club Lane
    Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076
    908-789-4262
    bobgesso@yahoo.com

    SENIOR OPERATING AND FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE
    Thirty five years of experience in financial analysis, planning, designing and implementation of computer systems, user training and support, budgets, fixed assets, vendor negotiations, bank negotiations, customer negotiations, financial management and operations management.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    DEUTSCHE BANK – NEW YORK, NEW YORK
    2001-Present
    Vice President of Accounting for Asset Backed Securities
    Responsible for 9 people in Asset Backed Securities for this German multi billion dollar investment bank. Designed and implemented Wall Street System (WSS) web reports to ensure accuracy in recording trade activities for buys and sells. Daily responsibilities included balance sheets, profit and loss statements, REITS (Real Estate Investment Trusts), SOX 404 compliance reconciliations, IFRS, FASB’s, GAAP, SEC 10K, 10Q and 8K. Other responsibilities included working with auditors on federal, state and NYC tax returns, derivatives, hedge fund accounting and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

    Y&S CANDIES MANUFACTURING, INC.- BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
    1981-2000
    Chief Financial Officer
    Directed corporate finance, plant accounting, budgets, financial statements, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, collections, payroll, cost accounting, credit union, internal controls, budgets and taxes for this $200 million dollar manufacturing privately held company with asset-based lending.
    Designed and implemented a standard cost system and MRP system. Y&S Candies (Twizzlers Licorice) was purchased by Hershey Chocolate.

    PEAT, MARWICK, MITCHELL & COMPANY – NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
    1974-1980
    Audit Manager
    Performed detailed audits for various fortune 500 companies including Merck, Revlon and Hoffman-LaRoche. Improved cash flow and work flow for various clients in manufacturing, banking, health care, hospitals, transportation, service, real estate (Kushner Properties), Construction, Food Distribution, Retail, Entertainment, Television and Non-Profit.

    EDUCATION
    MBA in Finance – New York University in 1977 ( nights)
    BS in Accounting – Seton Hall University in 1974

  5. I think its becoming a ridiculous trend that employers are thinking it reasonable to stay anonymous posting jobs on Craigslist. My God- shouldn’t Craigslist do something to discourage this deprecating trend? It just seems to undermining to the whole legit job hunting process doesnt it?

    I understand that employers get too many resumes today, but at the same time shouldnt the employee be expected researcher the company first before applying? Why would an employer expect to get a good candidate, if that candidate shows up without a clue about the company? “Hello Mr Employer, Wow nice building, I didnt even know you were XYZ .co…”
    Isnt this self defeating for the employer?

    Surely I can understand the anonymity/benefit side of Craiglist, for selling you household crap (which was their claim to fame) but now in the job/career section??

    Anyway here’s my resolution (at-least until Craigslist wake up and discourage this behavior)

    - Never send a resume to a Craigslist job posting where the employer is anonymous

    - Always email the anonymous employer first asking for a company website to peruse, before you apply to their company.

    - If all else fails and the Craiglist world doesnt change… Resort to sending an incomplete resume… Include no personal information, ie: no address, no phone number, only email. Also, only highlight,your skills and total years of experience (no date ranges). Remove actual names of places you worked, or schools you atended..
    In the bottom, write. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST!

    This way the game is mutual for both parties!

    Cheers!

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