Stack Overflow Careers 2.0
I hesitate to review Stack Overflow Careers 2.0, but I'm so excited I just can't hide it. I imagine that this is what the early adopters of LinkedIn felt. Actually - scratch that. LinkedIn hadn't become a trusted name with candidates across the world before it was carefully opened up to all of the recruiters in the world. For those of you who don't know, apparently Stack Overflow has been a dependable forum for techno-geeks for quite some time. A place to earn badges and reputation points by asking and answering technical questions accurately and thoughtfully. Most of the developers that I've chatted with about Stack Overflow say they jump on at least once a day for reference on some technology.
So at first when I was approached by the Stack Overflow sales person about logging into to our company page, I was really confused (admittedly I sometimes process information slowly). As I began to research this tool, I saw that the recruiting tool that S.O. was working hard to roll out was unique. They truly did things the right way. They've created a safe place for elusive geniuses of the development world and carefully given access to companies hoping to connect with these ladies and gentlemen. They've limited the amount of candidates that can be contacted on a weekly basis. I hope that as they continue to grow, that they don't sell out to big corporate pressure as I believe this is what sets them apart. I logged in 5 minutes after purchasing my license (at half the cost of LinkedIn) and was able to find 20 (local) potential iOS developers, who, I might add I hadn't seen on any other candidate database or social media. 20! 20 potential, technically qualified, local and untouched by the masses of recruiters. Wha???? Recruiter Nerd-Vana!!!!
Now I realize that by reviewing this publicly I increase the speed at which unveiling of this gem of tool happens. I also realize that eventually this space will become saturated with recruiters and cease to be as valuable. But until then... GAME ON! Thank you Stack Overflow!