Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stack Overflow Careers?
Stack Overflow Careers matches great programmers on Stack Overflow with great jobs.
Programmers can search our job board and submit their CV to any of the thousand-plus open positions, or create a Stack Overflow Careers profile to be discovered by employers looking to hire great programmers.
FAQ For Employers
Stack Overflow is a free programming Q&A site full of professional and enthusiast programmers. Programmers ask questions, give answers, and collaborate on a wide variety of technical issues.
Because your jobs will be found by great programmers and can be featured on top programming sites on the internet. Job listings run on:
Programmers will also find you searching by job title, keyword, company name, and location.
Stack Overflow Careers job listings reach over 25 million programmers across Stack Overflow.
To edit your job listing, go to “my jobs” and select the listing that you want to edit. Once you’re viewing the job post, you’ll have the option to “edit this listing” in the top left hand corner of the page.
Job listings start at £325 for a 30-day listing. Discounts are given for pre-purchasing multiple jobs, and there are options to upgrade to premium listings.
Premium listings are a great way to upgrade you listing to increase clickthroughs and impressions. We offer three premium upgrades.
Featured Listings - receive special placement on the careers.stackoverflow.com homepage and are highlighted in the job list and in search results.
Top Spot - listings always appear in the top position on stackoverflow.com, and are shown 4 times as often as standard listings.
Spotlight - features your company logo and description on careers.stackoverflow.com as well as job list pages. Spotlight also allows you to link to all of your company’s job listings on Careers.
Because you’ll find great programmers. We’ve taken the largest pool of programmers in the world, and prescreened them to include only active Stack Overflow members and programmers invited by their peers. You’re already starting with some great talent: programmers who care about improving their skills all the time, are willing to help their peers and are good at explaining things.
Then, instead of just giving you a traditional CV, we’ll show you a sample of the peer-reviewed answers from Stack Overflow. This is a great way to see the actual quality of the work the programmer does, how deep their knowledge goes, and whether they are good at communicating their ideas.
There are 178,821 searchable candidates in our database:
- 37,982 candidates actively looking for a job
- 140,839 other candidates open to being contacted
- 0 profiles of top Stack Overflow users who can be contacted
Not everyone you’ll find is right for you. Not all of them are great. But you can find out a lot more about them before you interview them, so you can save a lot of time getting to the person you need to recruit.
Active candidates have indicated to us that they are actively looking for new jobs. If you are interested in hiring one of them, they will receive a message via email immediately and can choose whether to reply.
Passive candidates are users who haven’t indicated that they’re looking for a job. They are primarily Stack Overflow users who are not actively looking. They are probably happy where they are, but, who knows? Maybe you can make them an offer they can’t resist.
Even before you sign up, try a sample search on our site, and we’ll tell you how many matching candidates we have.
Think of this part of the process as the first technical interview. Instead of scheduling a screening call with a member of your technical staff, just have your staff review the candidate’s profile. This is a much faster way to identify candidates that merit final interviews.
There is no free trial for candidate search, but you can preview the search interface.
Subscriptions are available starting at £650.
Limiting the number of outstanding messages helps us control spam sent to candidates and encourages employers to keep messages relevant to a candidate’s interest, experience and qualifications. Once a candidate replies, or after 7 days if they do not reply, a message spot is freed up.
We know there are great people on Stack Overflow, but if you don’t feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, just let us know within 90 days and we’ll refund the full amount you paid. To receive a refund, simply call us on 0800 048 8989 or email us within the 90 day period.
Thanks for asking! In fact there are some things that we don't allow. Read our house rules to learn more.
Give one of our recruitment specialists a call at 0800 048 8989 or email us.
Targeting is a new, built-in feature that allows you to choose the specific developer demographic you're looking to hire.
When you post or edit a job listing, you'll be guided to define the targeting parameters for the position and listing. Parameters will include developer type, technology ecosystems, Stack Overflow tags, and location.
- Developer TypesThe broadest targeting attribute. These help us understand the type of developer you are looking to hire.
- Technology EcosystemsNarrow sets of commonly related technologies. These help us understand which ecosystem the developer you are looking for currently uses.
- StackOverflow Tags Represent specific technologies and languages. Up to five tags are pulled from the Key Technologies section of your job listing, and you have the ability to add 2 additional tags. These help us understand the specific technology skill set required of the developer you are looking to hire. Because we target ads based on the most popular keywords on Stack Overflow, try to include some key technologies in your job listing that are more general, as opposed to the incredibly niche skills you're looking for.
- Targeted Region Candidates from selected regions will be able to view your job listing. Candidates in regions not selected will not see job listings in searches, advertisements or other premium spots.
- Targeted City While listings will still serve impressions regionally, the city selected in the "Targeted City" box will be prioritised when targeting impressions.
Think of ecosystems as bundles of tags. Tags themselves are very narrow in scope, while ecosystems involve a wide range of technologies that are related. Furthermore, Tags are derived mostly from your job listing's Key Technologies, where as ecosystems allow you to dictate your needs.
Yes. The ad will be targeted based on any city you've added to the job listing.
Targeting does not cost anything extra. It's a free, value-added feature to your job listings.
Targeting helps you by allowing your listings to better reach the types of developers you're looking to hire. It gives you more control over who sees the listing. Our intention with improved targeting is to increase the number of relevant clicks, which in turn increases job views from relevant candidates. Simply put, if you're looking to hire a C++ developer, we'll show your job listings to C++ developers. Best of all, it's a free value-add!
Yes, the feature will be available to all customers, new and existing.
We'll target based on the information you give us, which automatically includes any Key Technologies in your job listing that match any of the most popular tags on Stack Overflow question pages. If any field is left blank, nothing bad happens; we'll just look at the fields that are filled in. Your target demographic will be wider.
The best way is to put in at least one criteria for each targeting field that accurately describes the developer you're trying to hire. If you want a broader group of developers to see your ad, use fewer targeting criteria. If you want a narrower group to see your ad, use more targeting criteria.
Of course! If you would like to fill in job listings the traditional way, that option is still available by leaving the fields blank and clicking "Continue."
All of our job listings are editable at any time, and the same is true for editing the targeting criteria. You might want to give it a few days to run before making any changes.
Tag targeting is limited to the top 1,000 most used tags on Stack Overflow. If a tag is not on this list, then the targeting demographic would be too narrow to serve you.
FAQ For Programmers
A Stack Overflow Careers profile is the ultimate programmer portfolio. It includes traditional CV stuff (education and experience), but also includes your favourite answers from Stack Overflow, and links to other examples of your work, such as blog posts and Open Source.
Stack Overflow Careers profiles are by invitation only. You may be invited based on your participation on Stack Overflow, or by another programmer who admires your work.
If you are active in open source, that might help, too.
There is no charge to programmers wanting a profile. The system is entirely paid for by employers.
No. While having a Careers profile could help you save time while applying for multiple vacancies, you are free to apply to any job listing without a profile or logging in.
Yes! You can import your LinkedIn profile in just three clicks. Go to your profile and in the right hand column you can choose to “import linkedin”. From there just log into LinkedIn and you’re all set.
That’s up to you. If you do make it public, we’ll give you a URL you can give out when you apply for jobs. You can change these settings inside “my profile” on the right hand column.
No. You can always control whether your profile appears in employer searches, and you can block any employer that sends you unwanted messages.
An active candidate is someone who is currently seeking a new job. They appear in all employer searches. If an employer wants to contact them, they will be notified by email, on Stack Overflow Careers, and in their Stack Exchange inbox.
A passive candidate is someone who isn't looking for a new job right now, but is open to the occasional message from a well-matched employer.
We also give recruiters a tool to search public profiles on Stack Overflow, information that is already public; any results which come up are shown as passive candidates. If a recruiter wants to contact you based on your public profile, we will ask your permission first via the Stack Exchange inbox.
The first time an employer asks permission to contact you, just select the option to block all employers and you’ll never hear from anyone again.
You have a Stack Overflow profile which is visible to anyone on the Internet (not just employers). The contents of this profile are entirely controlled by you, and if you make changes on your Stack Overflow profile they will be pulled into Careers within 24 hours.
If you paid for the 1.0 version of Stack Overflow Careers, your profile has automatically been upgraded to Stack Overflow Careers and you will have a free lifetime membership. We no longer charge any job seekers to participate.
Aren't ads rubbish? Well, not these. We're not going to waste your time with ads that aren't relevant to you any more. We're only going to show you things are more likely to interest you. These are more likely to provide value. They are jobs that you'll want to apply to.