Posts tagged with: job search

Does anyone ever hear back from craigslist job ads?

Maybe it’s just me. I consider myself to be fairly skilled at what I do. After all, I’ve written for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek Online and a host of respected magazines and newspapers.

Yet, whenever I reply to a help-wanted job for writers at craigslist — even when I reply to some of the crappier postings on the site — I receive no response.

It’s like I’m throwing my writing samples and resume’ into a black hole.

I was beginning to think it was just me. I must be doing something wrong, I figured. Then I spoke to a friend in public relations who is looking for a new job. She, too, says that she never gets responses from craigslist. And whenever she puts her own ads on craigslist — looking for work — she only receives generic replies from headhunters or multi-level marketing folks.

I was relieved to find out that it wasn’t just me. But that doesn’t make the craigslist silence any less annoying.

What’s wrong with me, craigslisters? Why do you ignore me so?


Even people with jobs are surfing to job sites

It’s little surprise that as unemployment soars to new heights, more people are logging onto online job sites.

What is a bit surprising is that many of the people searching these sites already have jobs. Call it the realization that no one’s job, no matter how hard a worker or how skilled, is safe in today’s economy.

According to a story by the Associated Press, a new study by Nielsen Online says that unique visits to job-search and career-development sites jumped 20 percent in January. According to the study, these sites received 49.7 million unique hits in the month, compared with 41.5 million for the same month one year earlier.

According to the study’s authors, even people who are employed are searching the sites.

This makes perfect sense. Employers are letting people go every day. Employees are just taking care of themselves by looking for other opportunities … just in case.