Silly Craigslist

Graphic Joshua Barkman

I like to think I’m sort of on top of my life occasionally, and I’ve been on the job hunt safari in the deep, twisted jungle of Craigslist.

After a few weeks of extensively trolling the Internet, I have one thing to say to the people of Craigslist: if you’re posting an ad asking people to hire you, you’re doing it wrong.

More often than I’d like to admit, I come across some hopeful, fresh-faced individual who, amidst all of the ads calling for part-time dishwashers and the always creepy “young waitress” or “masseuse” posts, has put up an ad vaguely detailing their experience working as a busboy/social media strategist/cat wrangler, asking anyone who wants to interview them to get in touch with them at their email,

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people being go-getters, but it seems so counterintuitive to post an ad asking people to hire you when the space you’re posting in is literally filled with hundreds upon hundreds of other ads looking to hire people for the exact job you’re posting about.

This is the Internet-intellectual equivalent of asking the name of a song on a Youtube video, when it’s right there in the description.

Just respond to one of the ads that are already there. It’s probably easier than making your own an ad in the first place, and hey, you might even get a job out of it.

—Erin Sparks,
Managing Editor