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I have a Careers profile, but I'm extremely happy where I'm at now. I don't want to be contacted with any job offers at all.

How can I set my profile to not be contacted with job offers at all? Is deleting my profile my only option?

Your profile is 131 / 210 complete
blocked employer view
published public view 
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Well, this is potentially offensive. Strongly consider changing your user name; a good idea anyway, and especially with a question title like this one. – Cody Gray Mar 26 '12 at 17:40
What if his name is actually Steven Jobs? – Michael Mar 26 '12 at 18:06
If his name is actually Steven Jobs, then he probably shouldn't have listed as his web site. – Charles Mar 26 '12 at 18:07
@Charles Unless he works for apple. (heck of a coincidence though) – cdeszaq Mar 26 '12 at 18:08
that and age 92? (ignoring the data on his SO profile, of course) – Damien Pirsy Mar 26 '12 at 18:08
I guess someone read my old post about usernames and decided to try it out. – Pops Mar 26 '12 at 18:09
Silly question - if you are permanently unavailable, why even have a Careers profile? – Oded Mar 26 '12 at 18:57
@Oded because they are an awesome way to show off your awesomeness! – Nick Larsen Mar 26 '12 at 19:16
@The Establishment Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? Yours isn't much better. I find elitism offensive, especially on a Q&A site. – Steve Jobs Mar 26 '12 at 20:24
@Oded I want to keep my stuff on file incase I ever start looking again. Right now I'm not looking and don't want to consider or be contacted by anyone. – Steve Jobs Mar 26 '12 at 20:26
@SteveJobs No, compare "The Establishment" (a harmless joke name) with "Steve Jobs" (the name of a real person). It has nothing to do with elitism. "The Establishment" is not the name of a real person, living or dead. Humorous names are acceptable, but when you use someone else's name you're going into a gray area. – The Unhandled Exception Mar 26 '12 at 22:16
Yes, I switched my name precisely because of all the people complaining about perceived "elitism" here. It's a tongue-in-cheek jab at them, all in good fun—something that we have a lot of on Meta. As The Other Person Named After A Thing says, there's no risk of anyone confusing me with a real person (other than myself, of course) who is living or dead. Moreover, context is key. I'd think nothing of your user name (well, I might think something, but I'd certainly say nothing) if you hadn't used it to post a question with this title. The phrase "permanently unavailable" is offensive. – Cody Gray Mar 26 '12 at 22:58
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If you select "Block all messages and searches" on your profile (which it looks like you have), you will not receive any messages from employers through Careers.

If your profile is public and indexable in Google, it's always possible that they'll find it and track down your contact details by other means, but they cannot send you a message in Careers.


If you reply "Not Interested" to the message and then select "I'm no longer looking for a job", we automatically opt you out of future messages from employers. That was the source of confusion in this case: OP received a message, replied, and then checked their profile to opt out of future ones and discovered they were already opted out (but only for the past few seconds)

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But I was contacted with an offer even though I have that set already? Their message appears in my Careers inbox. – Steve Jobs Mar 26 '12 at 17:39
@SteveJobs Looking at your history, it looks like you were set to contactable until today – David Fullerton Mar 26 '12 at 17:50
That's strange, I don't think I changed anything. Maybe I just had to log in for the settings to update themselves, I know I hadn't logged into Careers in a very, very long time. – Steve Jobs Mar 26 '12 at 20:27
@Steve if you reply "Not interested" to the message and select "I'm no longer looking for a job" we automatically opt you out of future messages – David Fullerton Mar 26 '12 at 20:29
That's exactly what happened! Thanks so much for this feature, I really like it! – Steve Jobs Mar 26 '12 at 20:31

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