Joel's announcing it now:


  • $99/year to post a CV and link to your Stack Overflow profile
  • Introductory DevDays price of $29/three years
  • Students can post for free

Blog announcement / background:


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    This may be the greatest idea since putting water in a little plastic bottle and charging $1.50 for it... Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:23
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    So is this the rumored "grand announcement" or is this just something to anger the crowd before they bring about a tremendous group orgasm via an API announcement?
    – TheTXI
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:29
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    Erm I don't know if this is a programmer intelligence test but how do you actually pay? Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 0:35
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    Why can't I combine the "free year for students" offer with the introductory price? Seems like the former is only a deal after the latter expires. I'd save more money just paying the $29... Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 20:55
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    Employer costs: careers.stackoverflow.com/billing/employers Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 2:07
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    @Ortzinator: then just pay the $29. Let's not get picky with our freebies and discounts! Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 2:07
  • @mgb: you "file" your CV which makes it available to paid job searchers Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 2:08
  • @Michael - thanks, I remember some loadmouth New Yorker blogger going on about making the BUY NOW button obvious. Commented Oct 21, 2009 at 20:06

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Not quite sure I understand the appeal of paying to post your CV/Resume. Most career sites charge the employers for the luxury of searching, not the potential employees for the luxury of being searched.

$29 for three years I could do just because it is that damned cheap, but I really don't see how/why it would be worth it when Monster and Dice don't charge a penny.

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    Agreed! I'll almost certainly take advantage of the introductory price, but I probably wouldn't go for $100/year. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:08
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    That does seem a little backwards. Maybe they'll change SO so it's free to advertise and costs money to ask questions.
    – user27414
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:11
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    So if you're unemployed and looking for work you have to pay to post your CV? Extracting blood from stone and all that... Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:15
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    Maybe they'll charge both, and then build a giant vault and swim in all of the money they make. datmoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/… Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:19
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    I didn't get it at first either, but they did a pretty good job explaining the reasoning in the faq: you can create and update your CV free, charging the applicants means only active job seekers are in the db searches. It keeps out the uninterested and unqualified so the SO system presents hirers with a better signal to noise ratio. That's how they plan to get hirer's interested in the service. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:20
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    Agree that $99 may be a little much: it's definitely way past the pain threshold for someone who's currently out of work. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:21
  • @Joel Coehoorn: that's like suggesting that only the ad words links on Google are worth clicking on .
    – user27414
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:22
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    The biggest reason I even have anything listed on job search sites is so that if something does come available I can be on the list of potential candidates so that if it DOES interest me I can respond back. It seems awfully backwards to me personally to be charging the resource and not the miner (the employer)
    – TheTXI
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:23
  • @Jon: Not exactly. Without ads, google would still have an audience. With everyone thrown together on careers.stackoverflow, cv searches there wouldn't mean anything to employers. None of them would use the site, and so it ultimately wouldn't be worth the time to developers, either. No one would show up and it would be a ghost town. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:24
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    @Joel: Monster and Dice would disagree, I think?
    – TheTXI
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:25
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    Monster and Dice are established players. Once upon on a time they had to worry about this problem, too. It goes way back to Joel's Strategy letter: they had to be Amazon companies. SO wants to be Ben & Jerry's. That means a different strategy. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:39
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    I have some friends that hire developers, and they abjectly refuse to use sites like Monster and Dice due to the huge amount of noise they get in responses. This might be a good solution to that problem - it could also be a huge fail. But I tend to think this is probably better (especially the developers) than working with recruiters...
    – mabwi
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 13:18
  • Agree with the charging part
    – gyurisc
    Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 9:06

One of the first pieces of advice I received was, "Never pay anyone to help you find a job."

My skepticism of this boils down tp that the intersection between the set of great developers and the set of developers willing to pay to be listed on a job site is not a very large set, and would indeed be dwarfed by the set of poor developers willing to pay to be listed on a job site.

So the "velvet rope" of the entry fee, designed to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, will, in my opinion, have the opposite effect.

But then, I've never build a successful product or website, so what do I know?

  • I think the link to Stack Overflow mitigates this somewhat. The scores of poor developers are going to have a low score, few good answers, and plenty of badly asked questions. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 5:05
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    another, potentially bigger concern, is that careers SO becomes a defacto place to place a CV for a programmer, and employers look down upon those who dont have an entry there. I rather SO be just a site about programming questions and answers, not something to judge employability by.
    – Chii
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 10:19
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    @Chii - better to have Joel and Jeff run such a site than wait until some pointy-haired-boss web-2.0 service evolves to be the de-facto industry standard for hiring in IT. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 19:15

Regarding the "charging the job seeker" issue.

StackOverflow already has a lot of programmers, so they don't have to market it to potential job seekers as hard. But they don't know many employers; they'll have to work much harder to attract them. That means they have to think about this first from the point of view of the employer. Make the site work the them.

So I'm an employer. Why would I check StackOveflow? There are plenty of qualified and interested applicants already available to me at Monster, Dice, etc... especially in this economy. I already have a good relationship with the established players Dice and Monster, and all the users at SO are likely to be on those sites as well. Why should I give SO my time, let alone my money?

Linking to your SO profile doesn't really add value to the employer, so in the end SO is left competing with the other sites on price alone. Even if they can win that battle, it's likely not many employers would show up, because the alternatives are now well established. SO has to do something different or this is a non-starter.

Now think about what happens when you add the fee to "list" your CV. Suddenly the signal to noise ratio at StackOverflow changes dramatically. Dice and Monster are well known for also having plenty of unqualified or uninterested candidates. Those unqualified or casual candidates are less likely to be listed here. Now StackOverflow Careers can offer something to employers that Monster and Dice can't.

The risk is that the site becomes a ghost town from the other direction; you lose too many potential job seekers. That explains the initial discount; it needs to be cheap to populate the initial database.

But what about going forward? As a seeker, why should you pay vs a free listing elsewhere?

I think they're hoping we'll see value in showing up in a more selective or elite listing. That SO Careers will somehow get you hired faster because you'll be in a group with less competition. (Also, they somehow think showing off your SO profile will mean something to job seekers; I'm not convinced).

I think the idea is sound if they can get past several challenges:

  • They'll need a way to prove additional value to seekers in terms of increased activity on their profile from employers and decreased time to that next job
  • Stay relevant if Dice and Monster start featuring paid listings of their own (I think they already have this ability, it's just not marketed)
  • The 3 year initial subscription could kill the whole concept by "polluting" the db with the very uninterested seekers the fee is intended to weed out. (Perhaps allow you disable your listing and save the remaining subscription time for later).
  • $99 is past the pain point for someone who's out of work
  • ... and if the system works as expected it won't take a year to find a job, leaving a lot of unwanted entries in the db
  • Turn the link to the SO profile into something more useful to employers, who otherwise have no clue how to evaluate it.
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    Color me skeptical.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:50
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    Same here. Just 'cause I get (or think I get) the strategy doesn't mean I think it's guaranteed (or even likely) to work. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:54
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    if it doesn't work, then let me be the first to say I blame Joel!! Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 19:08
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    I agree with the idea, but ninety-nine dollars? That's a lot. And one year? Most people don't look for work for a whole year. Which means there are still a lot of CVs sitting around for people that have already found jobs, just like on monster. Maybe $25 for 3 months would be better? Same price to post it for a whole year, but most people wouldn't need to pay for a whole year
    – Kip
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:14
  • Who, me? Or the other one? :P Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:38
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    Yeah $99 is just to much. I say come up with some type of system to raise up the good candidates out of the noise. Make it free. Thats a more interesting and better system for the job seekers then just charging them. Plus Jeff if you don't believe in it speak up and stop being a figure head.
    – Donny V.
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 21:05
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    $99 is a huge risk if your current income is $0. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 21:19
  • Joel, see my long response, which I posted as a separate answer. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 0:42
  • You could argue that good developers can get a job without having to pay for it, which would leave the not-so-good ones to pay money so that someone will look at their CV. But it surely all depends on the price and what you get for it.
    – sth
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 1:13
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    RE your last point - I have no interest in working for an employer who has no clue how to evaluate a SO profile! Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 5:09
  • @Jeff: which Joel will you blame?
    – Vinko Vrsalovic StaffMod
    Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 20:36

$ 30 is a bit too high for someone from India. 30 dollars converts to 1400 rupees. And 1400 bucks in India is a lot of money.

Especially when it’s the third biggest source of traffic.

  • Segment the market! Charge each individual what they are willing to pay! Wooo capitalism!
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Nov 13, 2009 at 3:08

I can understand charging the job seeker to be displayed. It assures employers that they're not wasting time searching through uninterested people.

However, the cost to value ratio seems high. I pay $100 for a year of appearing in ads. Here's where I miss the appeal: once I find a job, I'm not really interested in being searched for the rest of the year.

When you post the value that I'm getting by ammount of time in search, I immediately think: If a year is 100 bucks, well I only want to appear for 1-2 months, so can I pay $15?

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    Maybe $25 for 3 months would be better? Same price to post it for a whole year, but most people wouldn't need to pay for a whole year, and it would help keep signal-to-noise for the employer even lower.
    – Kip
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:17
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    indeed. if i'm hired 2 months in, my listing is no longer useful for hiring people either. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:23
  • On what are you basing the cost-to-value ratio? The original price? If the original price was $800/year would you be asking for a 1-2 month subscription for $99? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/24897/stackoverflow-careers/… Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 15:45
  • Indeed. What I mean is that the $100 was related to a 1 year listing. Since I would never want a year, I immediately feel $100 is money spent on something I don't really want. Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 18:05

I think paying to list a CV is a great idea. As I said in a comment:

Ninety-nine dollars is nominal. If you get a job making $1k/year more -- or the same job, but negotiate a better salary because hiring on SO is relatively cheap -- that's a 900% return. If you're out of work and land a job one day sooner you'll probably recoup your cost.

Joel Coehoorn objected, "$99 is a huge risk if your current income is $0."

Yes, that's true. And if your current income is $0, isn't that all the more reason to do everything in your power to land a job ASAP? Let's say that having a listing on CSO will get you a job on average one day earlier. If that's the case, it makes sense as long as you'll end up making more than $99/day. If you make $100/day, you'll end up $1 ahead on average. If you make $200/day (about $40,000/year), you'll end up $101 ahead. (Have fun playing with the formula. What if listing helps you get a job a week earlier and you make $300/day? (1))

I'm not sure if Joel meant to imply that in addition to no income, the job-seeker has no savings, or so little savings that he has to choose between CSO and prescription drugs. If that's the case, I would expect you to ask a friend, family member, charity, the government, or even a businessperson to foot the bill. Depending on the nature of the relationship, you may pay them back, possibly with interest, once you have the job, and would probably still come out ahead. (2)

JohnMcG makes a compelling argument: "Never pay anyone to help you find a job."

But you're not paying for help finding a job. You're paying to get in a position where a job can find you. You still have to have a good enough CV / rep / body of work on SO to get a phone call. And then you have to pass a series of interviews.

I don't know for sure, but I imagine most low-caliber developers who post on Monster don't end up getting jobs. At least, they don't get jobs with companies that have smart hiring practices. But if the cost of posting is zero, even the most miniscule chance of getting a job means you're averaging an infinite return on investment.

If he has any sense, a so-called developer who doesn't have a good chance at getting a programming job won't waste his money on CSO. That's especially true if he realizes that CSO isn't Monster. Its clients are looking for the best developers, not just warm bodies.

I don't think CSO will be flooded with pretenders. Most of them won't even find the site. Of those that do, most will balk at the idea of paying for listings (bots certainly will). Of the few who are left, many will look at the cost/benefit ratio and realize their money is better spent on good resume paper. We can compete with with the few who are left.

And it's not just about competing with a smaller pool of CVs. It's also about being better than the competition job sites, so that top employers will come looking for us in the first place.

Miyagi Coder equates the idea with charging for water.

Yes, it's stupid to pay $1.50 for a bottle of water when you can get it for free out of the tap. But as I've argued above, CSO claims to offer something better than the free alternative. It's more like paying $1.50 for a glass of wine.

I think some of your thinking is clouded by what's known as the zero price effect. The question you should be asking isn't, why pay $99 for something I can get for free, but rather, is a listing on CSO worth $99 more than the other sites? If it cost $1 to list on Dice and $100 to list on CSO, what would you say then?

To put it yet another way: If listing on CSO was free, but I offered you $99 to stay off the site for a year, would you take my offer? Who's more likely to take that offer? You, or an unqualified slacker?


(1) And what if the job you get via CSO pays better than the job you'd otherwise get? What if it's closer to home so you save gas money, etc?

(2) If you're not resourceful enough to figure that out, you're probably not the kind of person I want on my team. Which means the system's working.

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    fwiw - increasing your salary by $1k a year is not a "1000% ROI" on your $99 a year fee - it's a 900% return: you can't count your initial funds as part of the "return" ($99 increase would be a 0% ROI)
    – warren
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 1:17
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    @warren, +1 pedantic, lol Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 7:09
  • Assuming said job is landed through SO Careers. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 20:59
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    @Ortzinator: Alice, Bob, Clyde, Derrick, and Edward all listed their CVs on CSO. They all got jobs, but only Edward got his through the site. Had he not signed up for the site, Edward still would have gotten a job a week later. While only one of five jobs was acquired via CSO, and no one really needed the site's help, on average, a job was acquired one day earlier. Make sense? Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 23:46
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    A $1.50 glass of wine? I'll take the tap water, thanks. Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 5:33

When we were working on Hidden Network, we came across a small handful of pay-to-play job sites. They all seemed to have their own niche (The Ladders, for example, was $100K+ jobs) and a common philosphy that's reflected in the SO-Careers FAQ

[Employers] need to know you that you're serious about getting a great job.

That's a big one. As an employer myself, I've been amazed at the quantity of crap that comes in the door, even long after the job has been taken down. We're talking, Tales from the Interview bad.

Obviously, to make sense for you, the programmer, to sign-up, there have to be jobs and recruiters actively searching the database. That's not happening yet (but it probably will)... but for $29 over 3 years, it's a pretty solid bet in my book.

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    For the record Joel is a big, big "The Ladders" fan. Seriously big. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 4:55
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    for the record, I'm not a fan, I just recognize that they are EXTREMELY EXTREMELY successful by any reasonable metric Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 2:30

I can see advantages and disadvantages of charging job seekers to post their resumes. But making it free for one class of job seekers and non-free for a different class of job seekers is going to significantly skew the pool of job seekers in favor of the former. So employers will come to view the site as "the place to recruit possibly job-seeking students." Experience tells me that students tend to take advantage of things which are free, whether they need them or not.

I'm not sure that's what you want. If you intend to charge job seekers, you should probably charge all of them, even if it is just a nominal ($1? $5?) fee for some.

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    the student offer was Joel's call. I think, the thinking here is that today's students can be tomorrow's so-good-you'd-never-afford-to-hire-them programmers. So for that brief window the real student talent is on the market, you have a blink of an eye to snap them up. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:48
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    From the sounds of things you only get the student listing once. So it's actually cheaper to list for three years. Also: given that they're going for an active db, that 3yr initial subscription could end up killing them. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:50
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    There's certainly nothing wrong with encouraging interested students to sign up. I just think that you'd get significantly more of the signal and less of the noise/skew with a $1 charge than with free (presuming you continue with the idea of charging job seekers, that is). Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:51
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    I don't get it. You pay $100,000 for an education so you can get a job. What's another $99? And Craig makes a good point. How do you stop spammers who claim to be students? Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 0:14

One of the hassles with CareerBuilder/Monster is I get weird skeevy spam-like emails from people looking to hire Java devs. I'm not qualified for what they are looking for(5+ years experience, etc), even if they weren't skeevy-sounding(and some 3 years since I last touched those sites....).

Is there going to be a filter to try to keep the employers from not being sketchy-type operations?

  • absolutely, the other half of the quality coin is that we don't want skeevy recruiters -- we want hiring managers from companies that understand the value of a scoped database of passionate programmers. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 4:57
  • @Jeff, what is your strategy to screen or otherwise stop the skeevy and/or shady from using careers? Commented Oct 12, 2009 at 17:04

Your appear to be targeting people who are very actively and deliberately seeking a new job. Which is fine. Maybe they are currently unemployed, or have had enough of where they are.

But what about people who are fairly settled, but still interested in hearing about any really "great" opportunities come up in their favourite technologies in the right location & working environment. Is this site intended for them too?


I do like the idea of integrating career advancement opportunities into SO, but I'm curious about how this is any different or more advantageous than posting my CV on a free site and simply including a link to my SO account? The FAQ for careers.stackoverflow.com says this:

We keep a plethora — a plethora — of live statistics on how your Stack Overflow Careers CV is actively working for you...

Is that the advantage? Do they keep stats that other sites don't?

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    The advantage is that they worked the word "plethora" into the FAQ. Let's see Monster try to do that!
    – mmyers
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:36
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    I guess the primary difference is that we feel the free job sites are filled with noise, because they're free. Also we'll have superior integration in highlighting your SO profile, since we have low-level access to the API and DB. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:36
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    @Jeff - meh; I'm always amazed at what the population here can do with the data-dump, grease-monkey, and a few page-scrapes. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:56

J&J - Congratulations! I hope you make a ton of money and help a lot of people!

But I won't be one of them, on either side of the equation:

  • I don't want a job, I already have one: running my own consulting company. I'd be delighted to get more clients, of course, but that does not seem to be what y'all are targeting. And I don't pay for leads, anyway ;-)

  • As a potential employer, I can already cross-reference anyone who uses their real name on SO with their CV, so I don't see the attraction of the service [Note to those who don't use their real names: sorry!]. And to me, paying to list your resume doesn't indicate that one is "serious" about finding a job, it indicates that one is desperate to find a job, since there are so many free CV listing sites.

Just my opinion. These are not the words you're looking for. Nothing to see here. Move along, move along...

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    yes, but you're going to burn a LOT of time approaching people who may be active on SO but aren't looking for work at all. How much is your time worth in your consulting business, again? :) Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 4:58
  • Right, my somewhat vulgar and perhaps inapt parallel is that someone who uses a call girl service is serious about getting laid, but probably not good marriage material.
    – JohnMcG
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 14:29
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    @[Jeff Atwood]: True - I was thinking that if I placed an ad on dice and got a CV I could match the name on SO as part of the filtering processes, so I'd already have the CV and name. If I was fishing/searching it would be a different story - but on general principle I would not patronize a site that charged developers for CV posting. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 23:33
  • @[Jeff Atwood]: P.S. - sponsored tags is brilliant! Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 0:09

I dislike the idea.

It is the same rip off as they paid dating sites do. You pay just for the hope, to obtain something that in 99% of cases never comes. Many wait for years.

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    It's an investment. Not all investments come to fruition; some wither and die. Others grow well and flourish. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 21:48
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    Please don't give Joel and Jeff the idea of an SO dating site - just don't go there. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 0:34
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    dating sites are sort of the model here. I wasn't kidding when I said "love connection" in the /about -- we're passionate about this stuff, and I think that's the way it should be. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 5:00
  • Paid dating sites are only losing their grounds last years, especially with the abundance of the free and better ones. Not a good example to take. I'm sure the project will took off but it won't take most of us on board.
    – user136634
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 8:06
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    @Jeff: The first thing you need to address is to somehow get many employers. That amount that I see listed right now on jobs.***** just makes me sad. Anyway, you mostly list only US and UK employers which is useless to me.
    – user136634
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 8:09

So far the careers site looks interesting, if the percentage complete algorithm seems to be a bit off. However, I do agree with everyone in regards to the annual pricing. One suggestion though, instead of having the $99 a year payment, why not have a shorter $9 a month style plan? That should still allow employeers to know that the CVs are from serious job seekers while at the same time not running the risk filtering out candidates who might have extremely tight budgets when they are looking for a job.

Spending $99 on something may be a bit too much given someone's current situation; however, you might be able to scrape $9 a month together when money is tight if careers.stackoverflow.com gets a good reputation of landing people good jobs quickly.

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    I'm vehemently opposed to recurring billing is the primary reason, but maybe a 6 month plan might make sense too. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 5:01

This is really cool to bring this all together. So it is completely free to students looking for work? That is very helpful.

But, I am not sure I agree with charging people looking for a job. I thought most job assistance sites charged the employers looking for hires, not the other way around. Maybe convince me otherwise?

EDIT: I think this was a good idea no matter what you guys decide to charge. From the FAQ...

And remember, there's always our unconditional 90-day money back guarantee if you are unhappy for any reason.

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    see careers.stackoverflow.com/faq and careers.stackoverflow.com/about for explanation of why we charge a nominal filing fee Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 19:32
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    @Jeff: Does the fee come with a 'Jeff Atwood' Bobblehead? ;)
    – Troggy
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:33
  • @Jeff: Good upfront explanation on the charge reasons and goals.
    – Troggy
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 20:35
  • @Jeff - if I'm "unhappy", but got a job in, say 70 days, do I still get the money back? (not that I'd ever do something that dishonest, just curious?)
    – warren
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 1:15
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    refunds are no-questions-asked; your ethics are your business :) Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 4:59

What makes SO so successful is not any property of the site, but the community. There's a network effect. It attracts lots of intelligent and knowledgeable people who like helping others while showing off, so it's a good site to ask questions on, so it's a good site to search, and so forth. (I don't know SF nearly as well, and I'm still not sure SU will succeed - too many dumb and/or noob questions will overwhelm any forum.)

So, the question for the careers site is who it can attract. It needs to attract jobseekers to be attractive for employers, and employers to be attractive for jobseekers. The cost has to be potentially worth it, and I'm not just talking about money cost. If employers look at the careers site a few times fruitlessly, they may well forget about it. In many cases, if they can't have recruiters search the careers site (and Jeff said in a comment that he wanted hiring managers), they either won't bother or would be in conflict with company policy.

There are a great many scams involving charging jobseekers, and in any case people will be reluctant to spend money listing themselves without some assurance that they're more likely to get a job they like. The introductory rate is a step in the right direction, but the site will have to prove itself to be trusted enough.

Potential employers will find that people spending money to list themselves are not so much the highly competent ones as the ones who really want to get a job, possibly because they're incompetent. If the careers site is better at filtering out the good people for whatever reason, it will work in its favor, but we'll have to see how that goes. It will need to show some sort of statistics to give jobseekers reason to trust it.

So I'm not at all confident this will work, but if I were in the market I might consider the introductory rate cheap enough to try. I wouldn't put down $99 unless I had reason to think it might be worth it.


I noticed this line on the page to associate your stackoverflow account:

All account matching is by OpenID. For best results, please sign in to careers with the same OpenID that you use on Stack Overflow.

Does that mean they've solved the problem with google generating unique openID's per site?

  • Perhaps it's related to being a subdomain? I don't know; just a guess. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:27
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    Serverfault and Superuser get left out then? I could see that for SuperUser, but ServerFault is supposed to be for pros too. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:30
  • I was a little bit confused at the lack of association ability with SF and SU myself.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:33
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    SF and SU are coming - Google openIds are the bane of my existence. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:57
  • @Jarrod: you know, it's not too late to use a wildcard *.stackoverflow.com on careers. It wouldn't solve the problem for SO users, but it would make it better for any future ponies.stackoverflow.com or rainbows.stackoverflow.com sites.
    – Portman
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 19:49
  • @Portman Let's not forget waffles.stackoverflow.com
    – alex
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 11:00

I'm afraid that many people will now more aggressively try to gain more rep because suddenly this could become important for finding a good job.

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    I would never hire anyone with high SO rep. Problem solved. :) Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:47
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    @Craig: Agreed. I've said it before, but I see my current rep as a liability in the job market. Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:58
  • @Joel&Craig: I'd love to hear why! No sarcasm, genuine curiousness.
    – bartek
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 8:03
  • @bartek: I knew I've read something about liability from Joel before: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/24886/… Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 8:24
  • Bartek, I'm being slightly sarcastic, as my statement could be read as, "I wouldn't hire me!" (Might be true, anyway...) But seriously, SO rep is, well, numbers on a web site. Anyone who cares about it seriously, IMHO, has some priority adjustment to do. I can't speak for Joel, but I suspect he's concerned employers might think that people with high reputation spend too much time here and not enough time doing "real" work. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 13:28

The only one advantage I can see here is Careers CV live statistics. But anyway it looks meagerly as compared to #tc50 LocalBacon where you pay $0.99 for 1 application and get (100% guarantee) feedback about your resume from an employer. (See Calacanis show).

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    well, wake me up when LocalBacon has 1 million pageviews/day. :) We're only interested in our programming niche, anyway, so more power to them. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 5:01

Someone who has made use of a call-girl service has demonstrated he is serious about getting laid.

That doesn't mean that a woman looking for a husband would be well-advised to start with a madam's client list.

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    Getting laid is not the same as being in a committed relationship. Often, they're mutually exclusive.
    – random
    Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 1:25
  • How about somebody who's married mail-order brides from Russia? Would that be a closer analogy? Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 16:29

I thought about it way too much, and reasoned out a way to evaluate the price of a CSO CV listing.

When you go to find a job, you will get offers. You may not get offered every job you want, and you may not accept every offer you receive, but you'll probably get at least one offer. Without a doubt, you'll get at least zero offers. :-)

If you list on CSO, you'll get more offers. In fact, you'll get at least zero more.

Each offer you get has a value. It's the sum of the total compensation package and all of the intangibles: location, type of work, team chemistry, etc. (It's hard to put a number on the intangibles, but you should be able to come up with a reasonable estimate.)

Now let's figure out how much a CSO listing is worth. If you end up accepting an offer through the referral of a friend, or a recruiter, or another job site, or you didn't get a job at all, then CSO is worth nothing to you. Its value is $0.

If CSO does connect you to your next employer, you can determine how much the site was worth using this formula:

 CSOListingValue = theOfferYouAccepted - theNextBestOffer;

In my very limited, anecdotal experience, the difference between the best offer and the next best offer tends to be quite significant -- at least $5,000.

Remember, I'm not just comparing salary. I'm assigning a value to intangibles for the purpose of being able to compare two offers and make a decision. If you think $5,000 is way off-base, please substitute your own number and follow along.

So let's assume the value of CSO is either $5,000 (if it connects me to my next job) or $0 (if it doesn't). If that's the case, I would need at least a 1/50 chance of getting the best offer via CSO to justify spending $99.

But I happen to think that StackOverflow is a great brand, it's a great way to showcase my talent, the Careers site's design is very well thought out, and the best employers will show up. So I put the odds at more like 1/10. Thus a $99 listing is in fact worth 1/10 * $5,000, or $500 to me. Even though, IMHO, I'm using very conservative figures, it works out to quite a deal!

BTW, if I didn't have a very impressive CV and StackOverflow profile, my odds of success would be much less, which makes the listing worth less. While $99 is a bargain for you and me, it's a rip-off for someone who doesn't know anything about programming. So there should, in theory, be a very high signal to noise ratio. It's worth at try at least. :-)


For the introductory 30$ for 3 years (10$ a year) instead of 300$ for that period, I will definitely join most likely, I feel that one thing that could hurt me a little is all the competition because there are SOOOO many users who are more qualified than me but at the same time, I really think this is a good idea to help support the Stack Overflow family I feel obligated to contribute.

Another thought as well is that employers looking for good qualified computer/programmers/IT whatever field will most likely find the BEST candidates on this site!

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