One of the best ways to increase exposure for your open positions is to post on Craigslist. Unfortunately, Craiglist does not accept a direct feed from any posting source. However, you can utilize the Instant Ad feature to easily copy and paste your job posting to a Craigslist ad.
Step #1: Create a Craigslist Account
Enter your email address and click "create account"
Step #2: Create a Craigslist Ad
Go to http://www.craigslist.org and click on the Craigslist area that you would like to post a position for:
Once you've selected your city, click on "Jobs," it will be in the right corner:
Click "post" in the top right corner:
Then click "Job Offered"
Agree to the Craigslist guidelines:
And choose the proper category for your position:
After taking these steps in Craiglist, you are now ready to create an Instant Ad in the Hyrell System.
Step #3: Create an Instant Ad
To access the Instant Ad, navigate to the My Positions tab:
Then check the box next to the Position Title you wish to create the ad for, and select Take Action > Instant Ad from the top of the page.
This will bring up a lightbox, where you can copy the Instant Ad with a direct URL to your position.
To copy the ad, highlight the text you want to copy by placing your cursor next to the last word you want to copy and highlight the text by moving left. Right-click and choose “Copy” from the menu or on your keyboard hit “Ctrl C”—Text can also be copied by clicking “Copy to Clipboard."
Step #4: Finish Craigslist Ad
To finish your Craigslist Ad after you've pasted the Instant Ad into your post, make sure to:
- Select "no replies to this email" (If you supply an email address, applicants will be replying to the email instead of applying through the hiring site)
- Enter a Position Title, Specific Location, and Postal Code
- Once the Instant Ad is copied from the Hyrell System, you can paste the information into your Craigslist post by right-clicking and selecting "paste" or using "Ctrl+P"
- Enter a compensation rage, or (optionally) "Depends Upon Skills and Experience"
- Check "Show on Maps" and provide a street address to insert a Google map with the location of your position
- Select any additional options in the lower, left corner
- Click "Continue" to save your progress.
If you entered a street address, the next screen will prompt you to confirm that the displayed map location is correct. Click "Continue" to confirm.
On the next screen, you will be able to finalize your post by clicking "Publish."
Optionally, you can also choose to "Edit Images" and add pictures to your posting.
Once you have completed all publishing steps, You will receive a confirmation email that your ad was successfully posted.
Step #5: Editing a Craigslist Ad
To edit a published position, first access your account by clicking on the “my account” link at the top left.
On the next screen, you will see a complete list of all of your posted positions. To edit a position, click on the "edit" link.
Make the necessary changes in your ad and follow the prompts as though you would if you were posting an ad for the first time. Finally, click “publish” to save changes.
Step #6: Refreshing a Craigslist Ad
To make sure that your Craigslist ads stay timely and relevant, we recommend that you refresh your ads every 48 hours.
To access your account, click on the “my account” link at the top left.
Next to each ad, there will be a "renew" link, click on this for each ad you need to run again.
Note: If you are in a free Craigslist location, you can refresh your ads every 48 hours. After 30 days of having an ad posted in a free location, you will not be able to refresh the ad, and you will need to re-create the ad from scratch.