Stack Exchange, the company behind Stack Overflow, the influential-among-programmers Q&A site, unveiled a new jobs board for developers. This jobs board, Careers 2.0, puts an emphasis on helping hiring managers find programmers with good reputations among other programmers. For Stack Exchange, the new jobs board is part of an evolving business model, which leverages the phenomenal growth of the Stack Overflow site, which now has 11 million programmers a month using it.
Careers 2.0 is free to use for people looking for jobs, but charges an access fee for recruiters. One week of access is $500, for example, which should be enough time to find a good programmer. There's no free trial, but there is a money-back guarantee if a customer can't find a good candidate. What makes Careers 2.0 interesting is that it illustrates the growing importance of online reputation for job seekers. Also, it shows how any site that helps users create a professional reputation might be able to make money, at least until its users start including verifiable reputation scores in their resumes, thereby saving recruiters the expense of paying for resumes sorted by reputation. Having a form of peer review alongside a resume or job application is exactly the information a hiring manager might want and precisely what isn't available in any reliable way today.
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