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Recruiters Finding Candidates in Unlikely Place

I received some interesting intelligence through the Career Masters Institute in an e-newsletter on Friday. Recruiters are finding good talent in a place that most executives would probably not even think about: Craigs List.

Many of you are likely familiar with Craigs List as an online community site where classified ads for furniture and housing, personal ads, and discussion forums are to be found. There are also jobs listings, but the surprise is that recruiters are using it as a primary resource for candidates. According to a presenter at a Northwest Recruiting Association meeting where the best tools and sourcing strategies were under discussion, the following was revealed at a recent ERE recruiting conference:

“Craigs List – not Monster – is now the best place and most often used place to find good talent.”

ERE should be “in the know” about this. Initially conceived as an email discussion list for recruiting professionals over 9 years ago, ERE.net is a popular source of information and networking opportunities for recruiters and HR professionals on the Web.

A fellow CMI member who is seeking a recruiting position validates this, as she has found her listing on Craigs List to draw far more interest than on any other venue, including Monster and Career Builder. Coincidentally, while interviewing one of my clients today who is a general management/operations executive, he mentioned that his company has used Craigs List extensively in its recruiting efforts.

So if you are leveraging the Internet in your employment search, you may want to consider perusing the listings and/or posting your resume on your local Craigs List, as well as those for other geographic locations of particular interest to you.

Craigs List’s forums that span 450 cities worldwide draw more than 7 billion page views and 20 million users per month, placing it at #7 ranking, behind only Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, Google, eBay, and Newscorp. More than one million new job listings are posted per month.


3 comments on “Recruiters Finding Candidates in Unlikely Place
  1. Rachel says:

    This is a very interesting observation about craigs list. I’ve always assumed that LinkedIn and MySpace would be top of the list and thought of craigs list as a place to give away free furniture. Bu tI see why it would be a good place to find talented people.

  2. Larry says:

    This is sort of what my site is about. You never know if you’re going to be standing right next to a great job resource.

  3. resume writing by itouch says:

    Good article Laurie and a subject that’s been a hot topic of interest especially amongst those challenged with recruiting niche positions that rely strongly on strategic recruitment (it also makes recruiters actually work for their money !!)