Some of us checking this out are not necessarily looking for permanent or contract work, just...sniffing crotches, so to speak. (Or more accurately in this context, lifting our tail to let others sniff.) We are happily employed but open to ideas. The current options are too rigid:

  • Full time permanent
  • Temporary contract
  • Telecommuting (working remotely)

So, additional options would be nice. This could/would be a way to describe folks who are looking for start-up opportunities, etc. Maybe something like

  • Open to ideas

Also for students:

  • Internship or Co-op for (check all that apply)
    • summer
    • fall
    • winter
    • spring
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    How about "It's complicated". Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 13:41

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I basically agree that a "Open to ideas" option would be nice.

But, looking at the FAQ, and especially this part:

When hiring managers search through CVs, they want to know that they’re looking at active, serious job applicants. If it were free to post a CV, a lot of applicants that weren’t looking for jobs, or who knew that they had no reasonable chance of getting a job, would post them, making it harder for the employers to find serious applicants.

...I'm not sure it fits what the SO team had in mind. They'll obviously want to market the site as one that's full of "serious applicants".

Then again, why not - it should be easy enough (to add functionality) for employers to filter out these "Open to ideas" people if they only happen to be looking for developers who really are looking for a job right now.

  • I would like this option.
    – John
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 12:10
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    Yes, exactly! Having a "Open to other options" check box would actually help employers distinguish between read-to-go and just-sniffing" folks. It works for one and all. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 12:11

What about a 5th option - for student accounts - internships.

  • This sounds like a really good idea to me. Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 15:46

This might be hard since it opens up the possibility of applicants who are not as "serious" as others. I imagine that one of the selling points of the site to employers is that the individuals are actually looking for work as opposed to simply floating resumes in the hopes of snagging a better deal. On the other hand, it provides a way for people who are simply floating resumes to be honest about it. This will happen -- even $99/yr is a small investment -- so I'm generally in favor of it. Perhaps an "other" option with a field for an explanation would be sufficient to cover the many scenarios that fall outside the current choices.

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