Frequently Asked Questions

What is Careers 2.0?

Careers 2.0 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 Careers 2.0 profile to be discovered by employers looking to hire great programmers.

Employers can reach the best programming talent from the Stack Overflow community by posting a job listing, or searching our candidate database.

FAQ For Employers

What is Stack Overflow?

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.

Why should I post my jobs to the Careers. 2.0 job board?

Because your jobs will be found by great programmers and can be featured on top programming sites on the internet. Job listings run on:

  • stackoverflow.com
  • serverfault.com
  • joelonsoftware.com

Programmers will also find you searching by job title, keyword, company name, and location.

How many people will see my job listings?

Careers 2.0 job listings reach over 25 million programmers across Stack Overflow.

How can I edit my job posting?

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.

How much do job listings cost?

Job listings start at £225 for a 30-day listing. Discounts are given for pre-purchasing multiple jobs, and there are options to upgrade to premium listings.

See more on job listings pricing

What are the benefits of 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.

Learn more about premium listings

Why should I subscribe to candidate search on Careers 2.0?

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.

See a sample profile

How many candidates are in your database?

There are 168,326 searchable candidates in our database:

  • 33,642 candidates actively looking for a job
  • 119,706 other candidates open to being contacted
  • 14,978 profiles of top Stack Overflow users who can be contacted

Is everyone on Careers 2.0 a great programmer?

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.

What is the difference between an “Active Candidate” and a “Passive Candidate?”

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.

How do I know if you have qualified candidates in my area?

Even before you sign up, try a sample search on our site, and we’ll tell you how many matching candidates we have.

Try the search interface

I’m a recruiting specialist, not a programmer. Will I be able to tell who is a good programmer from their work on Stack Overflow?

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.

Do you offer a free trial for candidate search?

There is no free trial for candidate search, but you can preview the search interface.

Try it out here

How much does candidate search cost?

Subscriptions are available starting at £650.

1 month £650
6 months £1,900
1 year £3,000

Why can I only have 20 outstanding messages?

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.

What is your refund policy, if I don’t find a suitable candidate, and how do I get one?

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.

Are there things we shouldn't do?

Thanks for asking! In fact there are some things that we don't allow. Read our house rules to learn more.

Need more information?

Give one of our recruitment specialists a call at 0800 048 8989 or email us.

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FAQ For Programmers

What is a Careers 2.0 Profile?

A Careers 2.0 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.

How do I get one?

Careers 2.0 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.

How much does a profile cost?

There is no charge to programmers wanting a profile. The system is entirely paid for by employers.

Do I have to have a Stack Overflow account?

No.

Do I need a Careers 2.0 profile to apply to jobs listings on the job board?

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.

I have a LinkedIn profile. Can it be imported?

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.

Who can view my Careers profile?

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.

Will I be harassed by recruiters?

No. You can always control whether your profile appears in employer searches, and you can block any employer that sends you unwanted messages.

What is the difference between an “Active Candidate” and a “Passive Candidate?”

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 Careers 2.0, 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.

I love my job, or, I had pre-IPO stock in Google and never need to work again. How do I make sure employers stop contacting me?

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.

I never signed up for this Careers 2.0 thing. Why do I have a profile?

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.

What if I previously paid for membership in Stack Overflow Careers?

If you paid for the 1.0 version of Stack Overflow Careers, your profile has automatically been upgraded to Careers 2.0 and you will have a free lifetime membership. We no longer charge any job seekers to participate.

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