Once upon a time, local classified websites such as Craigslist, Kijiji and Backpage were wonderful resources for job hunters of all kinds. Kijiji seems to now only be operating in Canada and Backpage was seized by the FBI in 2018 because it was being used to advertise prostitution (you can’t make this stuff up).
On Craigslist, if you went to the discussions area to ask for advice about a firm, more often than not, you would find a young inexperienced worker with whom you have nothing in common ranting about a firm. This is not to say that they are wrong . . . it is just that there is very little to balance it out with. Although you can get information and the occasional connection, frankly, I don’t think it is worth your effort to network on it.
Craigslist remains a bulletin board site where people can post assignments or their availabilities for work. Facebook has moved into this arena with its own version of job listings, targeted toward lower wage low skilled workers just like Craigslist does.
Maybe they will be able to build it into something. Maybe they were just throwing crap up against the wall and hope it would stick.
Occasionally skimming these sites may turn up something worthwhile but I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.
Of course, there are newspapers that still advertise positions. Maybe you’ll be lucky and there will be a job therefore you. But there’s something interesting to me what a firm is advertising in a newspaper. After all, these papers are so 20th century (obsolete) for job ads.
They may disagree but tell me about the last time a friend of yours found the job through a newspaper ad.
I rest my case.
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