What is Craigslist? A Primer For The Beginner

What Is Craigslist

Craigslist has been around since 1995, but it is still relatively unknown to most people. It is a pity that a lot more people have been unable to tap its resources. With Craigslist, you can get a lot of information dealing with almost anything. You can also get job leads, buy and sell your goods or services, discuss issues or even locate that elusive friend, not to mention find the love of your life!

This article describes the things that Craigslist can offer. These are divided into the following nine sections:

Community Section: This is useful for updates on local events. A must when you want to check out what is happening in your place.

Personals Section: The most popular section among the young and the not-so-young. This section is exclusively the domain of people of various sexual preferences and definitely for those that are more than 18 years of age and not prudish at heart.

Discussion Forums: For those that are opinionated and not-so-opinionated or those that are merely looking for distraction. It is divided into various interest categories to make it easier to navigate. In some categories, you don’t have to log in to participate although in others, you are allowed to make a post only after logging in.

Housing Section: For transients and movers. You can find places available for rent, for lease, or for subletting. Want to swap? This is the place. Want to buy real estate? Storage facilities? Parking? Or even office spaces? This is the section to go. This is how I found my apartment!

For Sale Section: This is the place where you buy and sell goods. Not all transactions need to be paid in cash. There are items that are offered free, or even bartered.

Services Sections: This section is where service providers advertise their services. It is classified according to type of service.

Jobs Section: The most extensive section. It is intended for those that are seeking employment opportunities. The section is classified according to type of opportunity. Full-time, part-time, contractual or even telecommuting opportunities abound.

Gigs Section: Similar to the jobs section but this offers one-time opportunities only. Volunteer work for a one-day event, for instance, is placed in this section. Also, you can find some great opportunities as a phone sex operator.

Resumes Section: Job applicants file application letters and resumes in this section. Using appropriate keywords for your headline usually catches the attention of potential employers.