I opened a separate SO account just for work questions. 9 days later and with a rep of just 33 I got the Careers 2.0 invitation email:

In recognition of your contributions to Stack Overflow, we’d like to invite you to create a professional profile on Stack Overflow Careers 2.0.

It kind of shatters the illusion of achivement when I got my invitation on my main account.

  • 5 months after creating my Sock Puppet, I got the invitation as well (2 answers, 1 accepted, 110 rep). 9 days is pretty quick O_o
    – Rob W
    Jul 26, 2013 at 8:19
  • @RobW I had 2 answers 1 accepted too, I see a pattern emerging!
    – weston
    Jul 26, 2013 at 8:25
  • I'm crestfallen - I had to request an invitation on my SO account—and I had > 20K at the time :( Jul 26, 2013 at 15:26

1 Answer 1


Careers 2.0 is open to all developers who can prove that they are actually developers. You don't even have to be an SO user. The exclusivity of Careers 2.0 is not that it's only for the best developers in the world, it's for real developers.

Our goal when inviting SO users is to recognize a user who is likely a real developer; someone who writes code professionally, or could if they found the right job. The other ways to obtain a CV include sharing your GitHub or CodePlex public repos, or just sending us a note and showing us you're a real person who programs for a living.

That said, 33 rep seems low. We'll look into how someone as unqualified as your work alter ego snuck in =)

  • Here's another data point for refining your invite process. I got an invite after about 20 days with one asked question with a score of 0, one answer with a score of 1, and 16 rep.
    – Immanuel
    Sep 28, 2013 at 0:49
  • @Immanuel: I beat you with a reputation of 15. Nov 11, 2014 at 7:10
  • This is still happening and the email still comes across as scammy and fake. (I have 54 rep.) If I was emailed because of my github activity, mention that! Saying it's because of my non-existent SO contributions makes this feel like a "You're the one millionth visitor" scam. Apr 7, 2015 at 0:37

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