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I really don't know why nobody's thought of this so far, but recruitment should be the other way round. Engineers should have some sort of a common platform where they register skills or domains they are interested in, demonstrate their capabilities and companies should take it up from there.

I think this is way more effective since if you are paid well to do work that you love doing, you will generally make a fine job out of it.

Does anybody know of some recruitment platform like this?

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sounds like a good idea for a start-up company. hereiam.biz is available. good luck! –  Steven A. Lowe Dec 11 '10 at 5:23
It would be if there weren't so damn many of us. Or is it the other way around? –  Robert S Ciaccio Dec 11 '10 at 6:08
Could you explain why you feel existing sites like Linkedin come up short? It seems like Linkedin is providing this kind of platform (though not specifically targeted to engineers). –  Casey Patton Mar 3 '12 at 5:43
We have this. It's called Github –  Jason Lewis Mar 3 '12 at 17:39
Stack Exchange is one of them. Check out Careers 2.0. Your Q&A reps are visible to many who evaluate you, and i can even read your questions and answer quality to judge you better than i can do it in a 30 mins interview. –  Dipan Mehta Mar 4 '12 at 5:27

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I think that as you gain more and more experience and IF you network then it can happen for you more in this way. People that you've worked with in the past remember you and recommend you to other people/companies they know that have positions open. It is pretty unorganized and intangible but it seems like that is kind of what you are talking about.

careers.stackoverflow is getting there and Linked-in gets there a little too... but I it seems like you will always have the problem of finding the diamonds.

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Indeed you are very correct. Networking has helped me to connect with a bunch of companies, but the process is abysmally informal. The sites that you mention are around this, but still lagging by significant margins from what I'd imagine is a seriously good hiring platform. –  Fanatic23 Dec 11 '10 at 5:44
@Fanatic23 Maybe the networking portion is the key. How do you really know how good someone is? Interviews and resumes can help weed but they are not the end answer for most proffesional positions. A starting "trial" period helps protect the hiring side but great people may shy away from those thinking they are more like short-term contracts. –  Beth Whitezel Dec 11 '10 at 5:58

I think that Careers.StackOverflow is geared towards that.

Careers 2.0 matches great programmers on Stack Overflow with great jobs. Programmers create profiles highlighting their work on Stack Overflow, which gives employers an in-depth look at their expertise. Employers search for programmers by location, objective, and skills, and screen them based on peer-reviewed work...

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close not but not quite. –  Fanatic23 Dec 11 '10 at 4:54
hopefully it will evolve into something more like what you're suggesting. –  Robert S Ciaccio Dec 11 '10 at 6:07

This exists, its called consulting. As a general approach it has several problems, the number of people that are excited about coding login pages, and the time you spend unemployed between finding login pages to code.

Basically going into consulting as your first step just isn't feasible, and companies generally prefer to do at least some of the coding inhouse (i.e. by people that are compentent and willing to work on a a variety of projects).

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Yes, recruitment should be the other way around. Unfortunately, there are whole professions that would be rendered obsolete. Accordingly, this can only appeal to small employers who have undeveloped HR functions consisting of one or more people who are sufficiently adventurous to find out about, then try, something new.

Good luck!

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I'm not sure what's unfortunate about HR being rendered obsolete. Reserving upvote until justification provided. –  Jason Lewis Mar 3 '12 at 17:40
@JasonLewis: There's nothing unfortunate about HR being rendered obsolete; what's unfortunate is that being under threat of obsolescence, they have every incentive to ignore anything that would do so. –  Marcin Mar 3 '12 at 17:46

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