For Starters—Beginners Guide for Craigslist

For Starters—Beginners Guide for Craigslist



Although Craigslist has been around for awhile now, there are still some who have no idea how to use Craigslist. These individuals are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a growing and continually evolving online community. This community is an excellent resource for finding information, finding jobs, finding friends or dates, making purchases, selling items or discussing important issues. This article will provide a brief introduction to each of the major sections on Craigslist.

Community Section

The Community Section of Craigslist is very useful for finding a great deal of local information. This may include activities, events, and lost and found just to name a few. You will also find flea markets and yard sales listed here. This is definitely the section to check out if you are looking for things to do. If you are looking for a band for a special event, you can find that here also. Tons of other fun and interesting things are found in this section also.

Personals Section

The Personals Section is where individuals can meet platonic friends or romantic partners. This section is set up with a number of different categories. This section is restricted to users 18 and older.

Discussion Forums

The Discussion Forums section provide a location for individuals to voice their opinions, answer questions or otherwise exchange information. This section is divided into a number of different categories to make it easier for users to find others who share their interests. Certain categories allow users to post without logging in, while other sections require users to log in before posting.

Housing Section

In the Housing Section offers a variety of options related to lodging. Users of this section can find apartments or homes available for rent, sublet opportunities, potential roommate situations, house or apartment swaps, real estate sales, vacation rentals and even storage, parking and office space for rent or sale.

For Sale Section
Whether you want it or looking to get rid of it, this is a great place to go. It seems like anything you want or need can be found here. And when you are ready to just throw something out for trash, there is a good chance that someone else is searching for that item.
The For Sale Section of Craigslist is largely self explanatory. It is divided into a number of different categories. Each category describes the types of items which are offered for sale within that category. Additionally, there is a wanted section where users may post advertisements seeking to purchase particular items. Not all of the items listed in the For Sale section require a fee to be paid to receive the item. Some of these items are available for free or in barter situation.

Services Sections

In the Services Section, service providers may place advertisements for the types of services they offer. Advertisements should be placed in appropriate categories but if there is no appropriate category the advertisement may be placed in the generic small business section. Some of the services you will find here are Beauty, Gardening, Pet, and Legal, and some others.

Jobs Section

The job section is by far the most extensive section on Craigslist. This section is broken down into a number of different categories to make it easier for users to search for potential career matches. Users may find full time as well as part time opportunities in this section as well as telecommute positions and contract positions.

Gigs Section

The Gigs Section is similar to the jobs section but advertisements in the gigs section are supposed to refer to one time only opportunities as opposed to ongoing work. For example advertisements for volunteer staff needed for a one day event should be placed in the gigs section while advertisements for full time staff positions should be placed in jobs.

Resumes Section

Are you looking for a job or simply just a career change? The Resumes Section connects job seekers with employers in hopes to find the PERFECT fit. So if you are looking for something different, I suggest that you post a resume, as your Potential employer may be looking for you. The key to getting noticed in this section is to use a “Eye-Catching Headline” for You’re resume. The resumes are not divided into different categories making it difficult for users to search through these resumes.


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