I know there's no private messaging system, but I'm wondering if users with high reps get contacted often to be offered jobs / projects.

  • I've personally received three in the year or two I've been on Stack Overflow, and my reputation isn't particularly high.
    – user149432
    Feb 17, 2012 at 20:57
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    I use Careers and got offers and was eventually hired. I'm told my rep and quality of answers on Stack Overflow was a big factor. Feb 17, 2012 at 20:58
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    I've had offers through careers, including ones that represent a pretty good match between my skills and their needs. Feb 17, 2012 at 21:01
  • I've received offers through Careers, and my current job was something I actively found on Careers (they didn't find me, I found them). But that's all. Maybe I should add some contact info to my profile...
    – David
    Feb 17, 2012 at 21:03
  • I've received maybe 10-15 over the years. About 5 of which were serious long-term employment offers
    – Pekka
    Feb 17, 2012 at 21:12
  • @Pekka: And not one of them in the states huh, or bay area? Feb 17, 2012 at 21:17
  • @Jeff actually, there were! Promising ones as well. But none worked out. Immigration paperwork is tough, especially when trying to get to the Bay Area :( (I need to update that profile though, I'm not acutely looking right now, studying will get me over to the US for a year, which is a great way to dip my toes first.)
    – Pekka
    Feb 17, 2012 at 21:20
  • I have, and they have cited my rep, or have done pre-interview research and found my SO profile. Feb 17, 2012 at 21:54
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    I've never gotten one, but I'm not on Careers. I assume they'd all go through there, rather than a comment on one of my answers. Alternatively, maybe no one likes me or thinks I know what I'm doing. Feb 17, 2012 at 22:58

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There is no definitive answer to your question.

There are two ways you might end up with jobs / projects requests in Stack Overflow. Note the use of Might.

  1. Through Careers.

  2. If your profile gives some kind of information on how to contact you then, yes. This usually happens when you have been particularly very helpful to a particular user and the user realizes that he or she could hire you to get something done. There are times when you get projects requests from unknown users as well. High Reps do play a part but not much. Else everyone with high reps would start getting offers. ;)

In my 7 years of posting answers in 4 different forums, I have had my good share of Project Requests. In fact I still get at least 1 in a month. I don't recollect a single instance (except which came from unknown users or through my blog) where my reps played a part. Why, I remember getting an offer when I had just 2k in Stack Overflow!

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