Have you received complaints about people applying to writing jobs on craigslist?
I just got a reply about a web content writer posting and they asked me to click a link in order to go to the site they wanted me to review and that site was a mortgage loan scam page asking for personal info.
Now, I’m sure I’ll get a lot more spam!
Do you have any tips for discerning whether or not a craigslist job listing is REAL? This concerns me since there is a lot of personal info on a resume – do you think name, address and telephone number should be omitted from resumes?
Concerned about craigslist
Yes, I occasionally receive complaints about ads I find on craigslist. And yes, I’m concerned, so is craigslist.
They publish an extensive page on avoiding scams at http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams. Most of the info there is aimed at how not to get scammed when buying stuff, but it’s worth looking over and getting familiar with it for writing, editing, translation, etc. gigs.
The second paragraph there tells you who and how you can report scams too. It’s worth doing and doesn’t take much time. If everyone would report the scams there we’d see fewer of them.
I try to avoid the obvious scams but it’s impossible. The scammers are great at changing their ads and their web addresses so there’s no real way to tell what’s real and what isn’t. It’s often only when you apply, as you did, that you recognize the problem.
That said, set some standards for yourself. Don’t apply to anything that sounds too good to be true. Don’t apply if the description isn’t something you want to do. And don’t ever pay a site that promises to get you writing or other gigs.
In terms of information to include on a resume, I include my phone number and my email address only. Because I have a presence on the web those are easily discovered anyway and I’ve developed ways to deal with any problems.
Some people use an email address just for replying for jobs. Gmail has a reputation of getting rid of much spam, so you might consider something like yourname.writinggigs@gmail there.
Obviously you’ve got to give the legitimate prospective employer some way to get in touch with you. Equally obviously, you don’t need to include an address and never put your social security number on your resume.
Be sure too you’re using a good anti-virus program. I know there are free ones available, but it’s worth spending a bit to protect yourself. I use ESET NOD32 Antivirus System. Download Now! which has a free trail and the best reputation in the industry.
You might find Craigslist Writing Jobs – How To Reply helpful too.
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