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How to Post a Job on Craigslist - The Definitive Guide

by Sean Falconer | Last Updated April 21, 2017

How to Post a Job on Craigslist

Craigslist remains one of the largest and most successful job boards in the world.

(In fact, Craigslist received over 1 million job postings every month).

Despite this success, the site has mostly remained unchanged since its launch in 1995.

With an interface as old as that, it's no wonder that getting your job listing onto Craigslist can be a confusing process.

To solve this problem, we have created this visual, step-by-step guide to posting your job opening on Craigslist. We first walk you through how to create a Craigslist account and then how to post a job.

Let’s dive right in...

Steps to Creating a Craigslist Account

There are 5 major steps to creating a Craigslist account. I am going to walk you through each step. If you already have an account, skip ahead to the steps to posting a job on Craigslist.

Please note that it is necessary to have a Craigslist account for posting jobs in paid areas of a Craigslist. How much it is to post a job on Craigslist varies based on the geo-location, but you can use this guide to find out how much it is in your area.

Step 1: Go to Craigslist.org

Open your browser and type in "craigslist.org" into the URL toolbar or go directly to Craigslist by clicking here. Craigslist will automatically detect your geo-location and redirect you to a sub-location based on your geo. As you can see in the image below, I am automatically redirected to sfbay.craigslist.org.

Navigate to Craigslist

Navigating to Craigslist.org

If Craigslist cannot figure out your geo-location, you will see a page that looks like the one below. Just find your city and click on the link to get started.

Navigate to Craigslist without a Geo

Craigslist.org with no geo selected

Step 2: Click on My Account

On the top-left-hand-side of Craigslist homepage, click the My Account link.

Craigslist Homepage

Starting the create account process

Step 3: Create an Account

If you do not have an account, enter your email address under "Create a craigslist account" and click the "Create Account" button.

Create Craigslist Account

Enter your email here

Craigslist will send you an email like the one below. Click the link in the email.

Email from Craigslist

Email from Craigslist

Step 4: Choose a Password

Enter a password for your account and click "Submit Password and Log In". Your password needs to be at least 8 characters in length.

Choose password

Choose a password

Step 5: Continue to your account

You password has been saved and now click on "Continue to your account".

Password successful

Password successfully set

You will be asked to accept Craigslist's Terms of Service. Click on the "I ACCEPT" button to continue.

Congratulations! You are now ready to post your first job.

Scroll down to follow our step-by-step guide to post your first job on Craigslist.

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Steps to Posting a Job to Craigslist Careers

If you skipped ahead to this section because you already have a Craigslist account, make sure you login first.

There are 11 major steps to posting your first job on Craigslist. Don't worry, I lay out every step in detail below and most of these steps will only take you seconds to complete.

Let's get started with making your first post to Craigslist jobs.

Step 1: Choose new posting

In your account homepage, on the right-hand-side, find the "new posting in:" area as shown in the image below. Select the geo you wish to post in and then click the "go" button.

New Craigslist posting

Pick your geo and click "go"

Step 2: Pick "job offered"

You will be presented with a list of different Craigslist-supported posts. Click the "job offered" option (first in the list) as shown below.

Job Offered Option

Click "job offered" to start your listing

Step 3: Pick a Job Category

Next you need to choose an appropriate job category. From the list presented below, pick the category that best matches the type of position you are hiring for. 

The pricing information may vary depending on which geo you are posting. Craigslist in the San Francisco Bay Area is the most expensive location and it is $75 for a standard listing, but most areas are around $25.

Craigslist Job Categories

Pick the right category for your job

Step 4: Choose Specific Areas to Post

This step may not be required for your particular geo-location. If you do not see a screen similar to the one below, skip ahead to Step 5: Job Post Details.

Some of the major areas of Craigslist like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and a few others require you to select a more specific sub-location and optionally a neighborhood to target.

If these options are available, you should try to be specific so that people applying to your job will know approximately where you are located.

Craigslist Sub-Location

Pick a sub-location

Craigslist Neighborhood

Pick a neighborhood

Step 5: Job Post Details

This is where you fill in the job title, description, compensation, employment type and so on for your job.

The first choice you need to make is whether to use Craigslist's email relay, display your actual email or hide your email all together (these choices are boxed in red in the below image).

Unless you require your applicants to fill out an application through an ATS (Applicant Tracking System), I strongly recommend sticking with Craigslist's recommended option of using their email relay. This will create a unique Craigslist email for this posting and applicants can send their resumes directly to that address. All the information will be forwarded to you.

This helps protect your email address from being spammed or known to scammers. Also, email is the simplest way to guarantee the least amount of friction for people applying to your job, helping you secure more applications.

Craigslist Email Choices

Choose the best email option for you

Now fill in the rest of the job details. Write an informative job description in the posting body, choose the employment type (ie. full-time, part-time or salaried) and describe compensation. In today's ultra competitive market, compensation can be a huge deciding factor for applicants! Keep that in mind!

If you are struggling with creating a good job description, check out our definitive guide for free job description templates.

Once you are satifisfied, click the "continue" button.

Craigslist Job Post Form

Fill in the required job fields

Step 6: Map Options

In this step, Craigslist will ask if you wish to display your location on a map. You also have the option to modify the location if it's not exactly the way you want it.

Unless you really do not want this information known, it's a good idea to display the map so that candidate's know where you are a located.

Craigslist Map Options

Choose the right map display option

Step 7: Add Images

This step is optional, but it's a good idea to add images if you can. It helps make your job description more appealing and gives you an opportunity to show off your work space, culture or anything else that you are proud of.

It's important to remember when you are trying to attract great candidates that you want your job post to show off your brand and company. You want to attract the best and part of the recipe to doing this successfully starts with creating a compelling job post that people feel inspired to apply to. 

Craigslist Image Options

Choose whether to add images

Step 8: Review the Post

In this step, Craigslist shows you what your job posting will look like. Make sure the information is correct before continuing.

If everything looks great, then click the "publish" button on the lower right-hand-side.

Craigslist Job Post Preview

Review your posting

Step 9: Verify through Email

If this is your first ever post on Craigslist with this account, you will be presented with the message below. Otherwise, skip ahead to Step 10: Pricing Confirmation.

Go to your email and click the link provided.

Craigslist Important Action Required

Important action required

Step 10: Pricing Confirmation

Craigslist will ask you confirm that you understand that you will need to pay for this listing.

Assuming everything looks good here, click the "Continue" button.

Craigslist Price Confirmation

Confirm the price

Step 11: Pay for the Job Post

Fill in all the green required fields with your payment information.

Once you have all your information entered correctly, click the "Purchase" button on the lower left-hand-side.

Craigslist will send a confirmation email with your receipt and a link to edit, remove or re-post the listing.

Craigslist Payment Information

Enter your payment information



Your job posting will remain live for 30 days or until you pull it from the system!

There's a lot of steps involved with posting a job on Craigslist and the exact steps can vary slightly depending on whether you login first, are posting in a free area, or it's your first time posting versus your 20th.

Unfortunately, Craigslist does not store your credit card information or any default settings, so you have to enter a lot of the same information every time. Despite these limitations, the Craigslist employement section is still one of the best resources available for hiring.

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Sean Falconer

Written by Sean Falconer

Sean Falconer is Founder and CTO of Proven. He is a proud Canadian and reformed academic. He is passionate about making hiring for small businesses simple, streamlined and frictionless.


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