Craigslist-Both Good and Bad

31 Oct

Guten Tag from Germany!

As I had mentioned last week when I posted, I will be in Germany for the next 2 months doing a work rotation. It’ll certainly be a cultural experience along with a chance to work in a different environment. Maybe I will even learn alittle to put onto here! Did you know that in Europe, when applying for a job, you put your picture on your CV? And you include information such as your nationality, age, and date of birth? It is certainly a far cry from the United States where none of the information is included until one is hired and it is considered strange of an applicant does include that information.

Here is a small tip I learned during my job search. Now, Craiglist is a good place to look for jobs but I was always wary and uncertain if some jobs were actually legit. I tried to avoid applying directly through Craigslist but instead I used information from posts as a guide to find jobs on companies’ websites. It was a way to see if a job was actually vacant. I know companies do not post all of their available jobs on their career websites but if the Craigslist posting also did not show up on a company’s website, I tended to avoid it. Unless there was a direct email to send a resume to. Like this example below:

As you can see, this post has a legit email and a website that you can find more information. Some Craigslist postings are vague and those are the ones I would avoid. You definitely have to do a little bit of digging if you see a post that interests you.  Really keep an eye out because you don’t want to be sending your information to a random guy who is looking to prey on poor, innocent job-seekers like you.


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