I just heard Careers is going to hide your CV from at least your current employer. would it be possible to allow us (the programmers waging the wars against the oppressive pointy haired bosses) to input aliases for companies also to prevent them from finding us under different names. My problem is that my current company has: an official name, a nickname which everyone refers to it as, we were bought out, and our parent company then was bought out. The company could search careers with any of these four names exposing my search to my boss.

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    This is a good point. I work for the parent company of a lot of regional companies and I wouldn't want to appear on any of their searches. +1
    – Welbog
    Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:00
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    That is to say I work for the Mushroom Kingdom, which reigns over various worlds, castles, dungeons and star roads.
    – Welbog
    Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:01
  • My fear especially is that for those of who have larger scores (even people who have over 10k is relatively small when compared to the overall pool of programmers in the world), it's really hard for us to hide in plain view. Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:03
  • I think I came up with a more generic solution: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/29424/…
    – flybywire
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 14:24
  • Why would you want to do this? It's not like my employer doesn't already know what my CV looks like
    – warren
    Commented Nov 30, 2010 at 14:56
  • Because if it's available for employers to search on it, it will tip them off that you are potentially looking for another job. Commented Dec 1, 2010 at 17:58

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This is implemented already in part -- if any of the companies you worked for are a case-insensitive match to the company name of the employer doing the search, you are automatically removed from any of their search results.

This is fully 100% automatic and requires no intervention on your part (other than populating the company names accurately).


Company doing the search is ACME Incorporated

You've worked for the following companies: Initech, Foo Astronomical Instruments, and Acme Incorporated

You will not show up in this company's searches because your employment history includes an exact string match to ACME Incorporated.

Usual caveats apply, this is string matching ...


In Careers 2.0, you can mark yourself as "not actively looking for a job" while still remaining searchable. The UI makes it very clear to employers that these are just people in our database, not people actively looking for a job. See Not actively seeking work in Careers: I'd like to display this for more information

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    As always, you are the man Jeff. (btw, congrats on being ranked as one of the top 30 most influential developers). Commented Nov 13, 2009 at 14:17
  • Have you considered this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/29424/… ?
    – flybywire
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 14:24
  • any progress on the regex mentioned here?
    – Kip
    Commented Nov 28, 2010 at 0:01
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    @David Hypothetically speaking, what if I were looking for a job, but didn't want to reveal that to my employer?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented May 13, 2011 at 20:23

Podcast 70 suggests that you'll be able to supply a regular expression to match employers against. That should be flexible enough to do what you need.

Or to put it another way: currently, you have one problem (hiding your CV from your current employer). When you have the option of using regular expressions, you'll have two problems :)

  • wow I totally missed, that....I must not have enough coffee. Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:09
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    +1 for relevant quoting of "2 problems" :)
    – DVK
    Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 14:30
  • We are no longer planning on providing a regex, since being able to flag yourself as passively looking for a job should make it less awkward if your current employer finds you. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/80893/… Commented May 13, 2011 at 20:23

Would it not just be easier to allow you to hide your CV from any employer matching a set of terms you can set yourself?

Edit: As Jon said, you will be allowed to use the power of REGULAR EXPRESSIONS to filter out who you do not want to view your CV.

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    +1 if we can use wildcards.
    – Welbog
    Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:06
  • yeah, that's what I was thinking, sorry I wasn't clear. Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:07
  • I really love the regular expression bit - you could consider it as a minus first interview question - can you write a regex that effectively filters out your previous employers? Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:15
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    @DrJokepu: No dice. My employer's name is written in XML.
    – Welbog
    Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:17

Will it be possible for me to view other CV's as somebody that looks for a job? How would you then filter out employees I should not see? Overlapping current employers?

My current employer will probably have a normal account and not use the company name. What name he will use will be impossible to foresee. The RegEx has to be very general to do what you ask for, something like .*

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    It better not be possible for job seekers to view other private CVs - I really don't want folks plagiarizing my awesome works of fiction!
    – Shog9
    Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 14:10
  • This should be made into its own question. I want to know!
    – TM.
    Commented Oct 19, 2009 at 22:25

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