I was digging through Craigslist earlier when doing job postings here, and was reminded of a bit of a pet peeve I have.
On CL in particular, you’ll see a lot of unpaid writing jobs. While I don’t agree with taking unpaid work in the vast majority of situations, I’m really not bothered that the requests are there.
What does annoy the hell out of me is when the ad title very clearly says “Freelance Writer Needed for …,” and then you discover it’s an unpaid gig.
Why does that tick me off? Because it’s false advertising.
Look folks… if you’re not being compensated for the work (or not paying for it if you’re the buyer), then it is NOT a freelance gig! It’s a volunteer gig. There is definitely a difference.
Frankly, I think you’d find far fewer pissed off writers using CL, and ganging up on posts to have them removed and such, if advertisers were simply HONEST!
Make it clear up front that it’s not a paid gig. Then you’re not wasting any person’s time, getting them to click over and read the ad just to find out you lied about what you were essentially offering as an opportunity.
Is it just me, or does that get under anyone else’s skin?