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How about careers serving HTML snippets and JavaScript embeds for people to put into their own sites, CVs, and profiles?

That way, people who have a CV outside careers wouldn't have to maintain two data sets; the JavaScript snippets could also come as pre-styled iframes, which is nice if you're not big on design. (But please serve pure HTML as well for people to style themselves.)

The benefit for careers is obvious: You tie your users to your service even more closely; users have even more reason to keep their data up to date; the embeds drive potential employers to the site.

Possible features (feel free to edit and/or make CW):


  • A careers flair showing top x% positions. Something like this:

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    Maybe show a careers logo on that one - bragging is so much easier when it's a third party providing the facts. :)

  • A careers flair showing key data

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  • A styled JS embed for the "experience" table, like so:

    enter image description here

  • A styled JS embed for the "education" table


  • Full profile
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Bookshelf
  • Pretty much every other section, in nice semantic HTML of course.
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By the way, thanks to the careers team for handling feature and support requests in a consistently friendly and verbose way, be they implementation-worthy or not! – Pëkka Apr 16 '11 at 10:05
@Pekka I'm having trouble telling if that's sarcastic or not... – David Fullerton Apr 17 '11 at 17:17
@David not at all! (I do have an unanswered careers request that I'd appreciate some feedback on, I'll dig that up in a minute. But that is totally unrelated) The vast majority of careers related questions receives offical attention quickly, and satisfyingly. – Pëkka Apr 17 '11 at 17:35
@David this one.… – Pëkka Apr 17 '11 at 17:38
The first image is broken. :( – Justin Morgan Jun 10 '11 at 20:13
@Justin fixed - I just had to replace the imgur URL by the Stack Overflow specific one. – Pëkka Jun 13 '11 at 10:52
+1 I suppose you also program in limericks too ;-) – Chris O Jul 23 '12 at 22:32
Has there been any movement on this? – Zachary Kniebel Dec 9 '13 at 16:14
up vote 43 down vote accepted

I like this idea, but it's only worth doing if people are going to use it. So if you would use this vote it up.

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@David yeah. I implemented this for a portal once, and I know how huge the effort is. We'll see whether it can amass enough support. – Pëkka Apr 19 '11 at 9:21
@David - I think it would be a lot like flair. Once people realize they can do it, many probably will. Cuz, you know, making a new widget on your blog and pasting in some code is totally easier than clicking upvote. – Tim Post Apr 19 '11 at 21:24
Now with examples! – Pëkka Apr 19 '11 at 22:23
@Pekka cool examples – David Fullerton Apr 19 '11 at 23:05
I would definitely use this if I ever got a website and an invitation to careers. – John Apr 19 '11 at 23:49
@jcolebrand Thanks for the offer, but I already got an invite from SO itself. :) Unfortunately, I still can't use this widget yet as I don't have a website or CV to put it on yet. – John Jun 10 '11 at 20:38
@John, ah, there you go then. – jcolebrand Jun 10 '11 at 21:02

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