In the right hand column of my SO Careers CV page, there is a blue box which states that my Public CV is part of "A free Stack Overflow service".

It's not. I paid good money to list my CV on SO Careers and I don't want a recruiter who is unfamiliar with the SO Careers business model lumping me in with everyone who did not pay to list their CV. I'm not asking for a badge that says I paid, I would just like the misleading statement removed from the listing that I paid for.

  • I'm +1 here, same for me. Feb 4, 2010 at 0:34

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But it's true -- the public CV page is free.

The private CV page that employers see through their private search interface is not the same as the public CV page (it has more information and other features) -- and that is not free, nor is it tagged as such.

Remember, you pay a nominal yearly fee to file your CV which makes your CV visible in the private CV search engine. This doesn't have much to do with the public CV except that some of the information on the CV is similar, depending on what sections of the CV you've marked as public-visible.

To clarify: we can't have any indication on the free public CVs that the user has paid to file, and be listed for private employer search. Doing so would "out" anyone that has a public CV and happens to be looking for work. Their current employers would be able to tell (by the absence of the "free public CV" tag) that they are not happy with their current job and seeking other employment.

The free public CVs and paid private employer search are two different worlds, and bridging them in the manner you are describing would destroy both.

I am sorry, but if this is a problem for anyone, please email [email protected] and we'll be more than happy to refund your money in full.

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    I appreciate that but it still feels like you've written "this is a free coke" on the drink I got with my paid-for burger and fries. And people who aren't familiar with your business model are easily mislead by the statement. For the record, I do understand that SO is advertising a free service in that blue box and not attempting to insult resume publishers.
    – grenade
    Feb 4, 2010 at 0:38
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    @grenade why would employers even be looking at your public CV instead of the private CV that is intended for them? If anything we want to discourage this practice; as a business, we want employers to sign up for the paid search service. Feb 4, 2010 at 0:51
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    that's easy. Anyone googling my name will get a link to that page.
    – grenade
    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:02
  • presumably you want us programmers to continue signing up for the paid listing service too?
    – grenade
    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:10

The reason for that box is to encourage other people to sign up for their own public CV.
It's also there to tell you that careers.stackoverflow.com is part of a larger website.

Public CV blue box


It might not be a bad idea to point out that while the public CV is free service, this particular user is also listed on SO careers and the private CV there gives more information.

Jeff raises a valid and important point in the comments. A way of dealing with that is to provide a checkbox in the edit view to enable a one line note on the public CV indicating that this user is listed on SO Careers while keeping the PUBLIC CV A free Stack Overflow service message.

This way, if a subscriber elects not to check the box, her public CV would be no different than any other user's.

I do not think this is an important feature.

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    unfortunately, doing so would "out" anybody who has a public CV and is currently secretly looking for work. It's really an ill-advised request. Feb 4, 2010 at 3:58
  • So rephrase it to be a bit more vague: "Want to see more great developers like this one? Come over to the dark side.. er, I mean, the paid service..."
    – Ether
    Feb 4, 2010 at 4:44
  • @Jeff Atwood: I see. I had not thought of that. Feb 4, 2010 at 4:55

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