Craigslist is crowded. It’s difficult to get a job noticed through all the clutter. This is especially true for nutrition and dietary managers whose teams could benefit from experienced restaurant employees.
The good news is that most restaurants and hotels competing for cooks and servers are terrible at posting jobs on Craigslist. Follow this checklist to create a strong Craigslist job posting that will attract the best applicants.
Craigslist Job Posting Checklist:
- Compelling Title
Creativity is not a requirement; specificity is. Call the job exactly what it is based on common language in the industry. This helps all the right people apply, and keeps out the others.
Examples: Cook; Room Service Attendant; Chef; Dishwasher; Cashier
- Salary Range
Posting a range saves your time and the applicant’s. Don’t bother interviewing anyone with unrealistic expectations. Do not write DOE.
Examples: $12-18 per hour; 45K-52K per year
- Expected Hours
Set clear expectations of the commitment and attract people who match the needs of the job with hours, days, and/or shifts.
Examples: FT; 40 hours per week; 12 hours per week; weekends and some holidays, etc.
- Business Name and Location
The best employees won’t spend time applying to mystery companies.
- Detailed Description of the Job
Write a very short intro in casual language then copy and paste the official job description.
- Non-Negotiable Requirements
List any physical, educational, or certifications required for employment.
Examples: Must pass drug screening; ability to safely lift 50# required; must be able to get food handler’s card within 30 days of employment
- Preferred Requirements (optional)
These preferences are useful to reduce the number of applicants.
Examples: ServSafe Certification preferred; 2 years related experience preferred
- Specific Instructions on Application Process
This is a test. Telling the applicants exactly how to apply reveals who is and who isn’t paying attention to detail. Be clear and specific. If an applicant fails to follow directions, they probably won’t follow direction after hiring.
This checklist helps screen out desperate applicants who are just looking for anything. It will also serve highly qualified applicants by ensuring them that your operation is the fit they are looking for.