How Github and StackOverflow Overthrow LinkedIn and Other IT Professionals Portals

    Already, we are witnessing a situation where there are not enough developers. And good developers are doubly lacking. Can this situation affect (or completely change) the format of the search for IT specialists? How else can.

    How often do developers look for work? Even with constant migration in search of an even more lamp office and a larger assortment of buns, this figure is 1-2 years. It was at such a moment that programmers begin to remember the password on LinkedIn, randomly creating resumes on HH and other resources. Those who at least once did this remember this process with horror and the desire to devote their next startup to writing a universal button for publishing a resume on all the main job portals of the world. Then a week, two or three in search of and voila! and information on all job portals again loses its relevance for a year or two.

    What do we see in the end? The exponential growth of interest at a certain point in time and the virtually absence of any activity for months. This cannot but disturb the “classic” portals for finding IT personnel. Formally, the number of accounts is large, but the activity and user return rate are negligible.

    At the same time in another life ...

    ... any more or less advanced developer asks questions and receives answers on, publishes his projects on GitHub, CodePlex and BitBucket, activates on thematic forums, writes and comments on articles on the hub, and also publishes various moments of his life on social networks.

    Feel the difference? Developers live on these resources , and LinkedIn or HH sometimes use it .

    For those who still doubt about StackOverflow, I’ll give you an interesting infographic (click for an image to open in full size): 17 million unique users visit this site every month and the site grows by 20-30% per year. I believe this happens for several reasons:


    • StackOverflow was done by professionals. Originally. This means that no one rewrote the photo module several times, did not optimize the C ++ compiler, did not come up with contests and closed clubs to attract an audience. The site works mega fast (the architecture of the project is described here ). And yes, the project is written in ASP.NET MVC and is hosted on a Windows server, and all this is served by a team of up to 20 people.
    • StackOverflow combines the functions of Q&A, as well as elements of the forum, chat, social network, and is also an inexhaustible source of statistics.
    • The site has developed a unique rating system and gamification (unlike ... I will not poke a finger), which has created a high-quality audience that does not chase badges or other attributes of “power”. By the way, the more “upgraded” the profile, the more “power” the users have - they can vote for closing silly questions, put them in read-only mode, etc.
    • The site has John Skeet and Dmitry Malikov . They say that negotiations are ongoing with Chuck Norris.
    • The ability to create your own communities on various topics (united under the Stack Exchange brand). But do not create everything in a row, but only in demand community. Well, through integration between all projects.

    Career 2.0 is a resource that has not yet become a substitute for LinkedIn, but may well become the “standard” for searching for IT professionals in the future (and with the popularity of other communities - not only for IT professionals). And given close integration with all popular resources - from Twitter to GitHub, we can say that Careers covers the entire life cycle of the developer - from education to written source code.

    Why a StackOverflow Profile Is More Useful than a Resume

    What are the main questions asked at interviews at most companies?

    1. Tell us about your education.
    2. Tell us about your work experience.
    3. What technologies did you work with?
    4. What projects took part, what is their level of complexity?
    5. Take the test and show examples of the written code.

    The resume and profile on LinekdIn can formally answer all these questions, but they won’t answer exactly the other, more important ones:

    1. How deeply did the applicant go into a particular technology or subject area?
    2. How long has he used this or that technology, skill, etc.?
    3. Is he a real “senior developer” or just decided to call himself that?

    Imagine, for example, such a situation. The applicant indicated the technologies with which he worked: ASP.NET, WPF, SharePoint, JavaScript, Java. But on ASP.NET he completed 20 projects, and on Java - only one. Thus, it is practically impossible to really assess the professional (and especially others) qualities of the applicant in terms of technologies and platforms (and their current versions) without a separate face-to-face interview.

    What about Stackoverflow? In addition to formal questions about education and technology, you can see what questions the applicant likes, what answers he gives and what questions, which projects he leads to GitHub and CodePlex, and which people / projects he’s following when the last project was completed on the technology you are interested in. You can also see that the applicant is in the top 5% of all hashtag experts “C #” or “Java”.

    This approach allows you to evaluate the real level of the applicant, and not the subjective perception of reality by him or HR specialist. You can also easily associate the level of the applicant with the compensatory conditions that he asks.

    Anyway, you need to keep your profile “up to date”, at least on SO, at least on LinkedIn, you say and you will be right. But IT people are more inclined to enter data on those resources where they are every day. Does the average Statistician come to LinkedIn at least once a day? And here comes on SO.

    I agree, I have not often met domestic companies that accepted a link to SO instead of a resume. Such companies +100500 in karma (you can even in karma on SO). Separately, there are companies that ask to bring the resume to the corporate standard! I hope this practice soon dies.

    Remember BrainchOut?

    BrainchOut is an application that wanted to become LinkedIn on Facebook. Explosive growth, everyone followed each other, hoped up, and that's it.

    Even at the start of the project, it was clear that nothing of this venture would work. Facebook is a social network where people mostly relax, maximum, looking for each other, but professional communication in 99% of cases continues in another place and on another site. It’s true, who would think of Facebook publishing their completed projects? Professional groups are one thing, and resumes and hiring are quite another.


    The main task of all job portals is to force applicants to use their service more actively and on a regular basis. And while they are building up their resume base at the expense of students and those laid off in the midst of the crisis, IT and pros are looking for other ways to be useful to each other.

    At the same time, all the popular online sites that control the professional activities of the programmers (the same habr) have excellent chances in the future to become major players in the field of search and hiring employees. Unlike modern IT job portals, they have everything in order with the activity of these same IT specialists.

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