Applying to a job from Craigslist

July 4, 2009

Great tips to all who are applying for a job from Craigslist:
http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/101949754.html

Looking for Job on Craigslist ?

Looking for Job on Craigslist ?


Excerpt:

5. Win me over by being open and honest.

I respect failure, and I look for potential. Yet, it seems to be common practice to BS on resume’s nowadays. It’s ok to be proud of your accomplishments, but a little modesty makes you look human. I’d much rather meet with someone who admits they’ve failed, than someone who pretends they’ve always been successful.

“I successfully led a ten person team to generate sales of $200,000″

Yeah, ok… but I’d respect that person even more if they had the balls to write this :

In my last job, I had ten people working for me. It was stressful, and I didn’t have a clue about how to manage at the time. Two of my team resigned in the first month, and I found it difficult to motivate the other eight who were all older than me. We still met our quota, but I was let go. To be fair, I was in over my head at the time. I have since been to two leadership training seminars, and I can see now where I went wrong.

Which one would you rather talk to?

Read the full article here:
http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/101949754.html

My Craigslist Selling Spree is over…

May 11, 2009

I just finished a Craigslist com selling spree. Over the course of just a few weeks I sold well over $1400 of stuff I did not need or want anymore. Most of the items I sold ranged from $30-75 a piece, but I had a $275 item in there as well. Nothing I posted took longer than two weeks to sell. More so, nothing I sold during these “rough economic times” could even remotely be considered a necessity. It was all “luxury” items such as musical instruments, photo gear, and electronics.

So, how did I do it? Four things:

Sell on Craigslist

  • Pictures. Post a detailed picture of the item you are selling. People want to see what they are buying. You say you don’t have a digital camera? I bet you have a friend that does, and digital pictures are free! Or, hey, maybe you could find a used digital camera somewhere. Hmmm… I wonder where you could find someone trying to sell a used digital camera?
  • Detail. Simply typing “For Sale” in the subject line does not give people any reason to click on your ad. Typing a model number of something that only three people in the entire world would recognize (e.g. “NS-2”) is just as bad. Give a description of what it is you are trying to sell (e.g. “Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal”). Give detail about the condition of item you are selling, why you are selling it, and why they should buy it.
  • Price. People come to craigslist for a deal. Buying something used for 90% the price of new is not a deal (well, unless you have something rare or a collectors item, then people will pay 200% of new. Crazy!). People start seeing things as a deal when the price is set at about 50% of new or less. You would be amazed at how simply adjusting the price of an item you have posted for $285 down to $275 will make the difference between no responses and a full inbox just moments after posting.
  • Courtesy. Be courteous! You are not doing anyone any favors by selling your stuff. They are doing you a favor by buying your stuff! Make it easy for people to give you their money! Give a phone number (out of all my postings 90% of my sales were over the phone), let people know right away if someone else made an offer on your item (several of my sales went to the second or third offer), and for the love of Pete, don’t be a Jerk! I cannot believe how many people thanked me, not for selling them something, but for making it easy on them, contrary to their previous craigslist experiences.

So, there you go.

Why did I waste my time typing this? Because I love to sell and search for stuff on craigslist, I frequent the for sale ads daily, and I now have $1400 to spend. Question is, is it you who is going to get my money?

Good luck and don’t forget this site for Craigslist Search.

Selling on Craigslist: helpful tips

May 6, 2009

Honestly, I’m not a garage/yard sale kind of person. When it’s time to unload my stuff, I do not put some tables out or place signs around the neighborhood. This takes time, and time is a precious commodity in my life. So, instead of selling stuff on a garage sale I always take a shortcut and use the world’s most popular classified ad service: Craiglist com.

This site is remarkable. It’s really huge and it doesn’t charge a thing to list ads under a variety of categories, such as personals, for sale, jobs, services, and community. It has almost single-handedly killed the print classified business. I honestly don’t get how the site makes money, but as long as it exists—popular, effective, and free—I’m ready to use it.

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Here’s a few tips to help you to avoid scams when selling things on Craiglist com:

  1. Don’t hesitate to create a new account on craigslist. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. The only thing required is your email
  2. Don’t be affraid to give out your actual email – Craigslist will hide it from other users
  3. Be informational – give brief but clear title e.g. “Slightly used Oak dinner table for sale” instead of “some furniture”. Most users will not look into posting details if the name is too vague
  4. When selling furniture – specify the exact measurements of the item. This is the first question buyers usually ask
  5. Always attach a photo to the posting. This is a good way to describe the item you are selling. Besides, most users will not even look at posts without photos
  6. Repost your ads every 48 hours. This will make them appear at the top of the list.
  7. Don’t abuse ‘repost’ feature. Remember that you may get banned if you repost them earlier than 48 hours
  8. Don’t respond to emails asking to ship the item – this is a well-known scam

Best way to find apartments for rent – Craigslist

April 27, 2009

Last year I got a new job and I had to move to a new place – a suburban area adjacent to both Philadelphia, central new jersey and south jersey. This was not the first time I had to move so I started with the most cost-effective way to look for an apartment – Craigslist.

One thing that always drove me mad about Craiglist is that it doesn’t let you to search all adjacent locations and you have to go through each location separately. Another thing – it doesn’t show pictures or contact information on the results page – which also takes a lot of time to go through all the results one by one. Such a waste of time.

You’ve probably figured out there are sites on the net which let you search all Criaglist locations. Surprisingly, there’s also one site that allows you to Search All Craigslist posting and show only those which are within N miles from your Zip code!
craiglook.com

This tiny Craigslist Search tool also shows image previews, displays phone numbers and allows you to send messages to all apartment owners from the same page !

With the number of new apartments offered on Craiglist every day and the price (which is at average 20% cheaper) than other classified postings, I was able to find 100+ of postings in my area, with all the amenities and withing the desired price range. It took me 2 days to visit 5 houses I liked most and to pick the best one. I even wasn’t able to visit the remaining 90+ ;-)

Here’s a few tips that you may consider useful:

  1. Don’t waste your time on local newspapers – they don’t offer even 1/100 of what you can find on the internet
  2. Don’t sign up for “find-an-apartment” paysites – believe me, they’re not worth the money
  3. Don’t sign up for “find-an-apartment” paysites – believe me, they’re not worth the money
  4. Be prepared – create a renter’s re’sume’ with:
    1. your current and previous five addresses
    2. landlord phone numbers
    3. your employer and length of employment
    4. your current salary and other income
    5. personal references
    6. a copy of your free credit report (sometimes landlord may ask you to bring your report)

I hope this is helpful to someone. Good luck in the search for your new place!

How to search used car parts on Craigslist

April 26, 2009

I’ve been searching the Internet for Craigslist search tool and found this post on RamChargerCentral.com forum

ram charger

Here are some of the tools car mechanics use to search craigslist:

2009 top internet startups

April 26, 2009

2009 Top internet startups, according to killerstartups.com

Digg: Craigslist Search

April 26, 2009

After doing some research I stumbled upon another Craigslist Search tool on Digg.com:

craigslist

In their own words:
“This is a compelling mashup that combines Yahoo Pipes with Google Maps in order to go through Craiglist and show you only ads that come from your local Craiglist community. The content itself is browsed via Yahoo Pipes, while Google Maps is employed for narrowing the results and putting everything into the right context. “

I’ve used craiglook in the past when I was looking for an apartment. Here’s what I liked about the site:

  • radius search
  • search by city name
  • “reply to poster” button
  • image previews in search results

Here’s what could be better:

  • results in nearby cities (it looks like they’ve removed it )
  • google maps preview (it was there before)
  • price filter
  • display more that 1 image in results
  • add “twitter” button

FeedMyApp.com: Top Web 2.0 Search engines

April 19, 2009

Top 11 Web 2.0 search sites and applications, according to FeedMyApp.com

Top 11 Web2.0 Search engines

FeedMyApp.com - Daily Web 2.0 websites


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