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If this works the way they're hoping it will, I have to think it will be a huge time saver over:

-Updating a resume

-Contacting a recruiter

-Replying to recruiters

-Searching job descriptions

-Writing cover letters

-Tweaking previously updated resume

-Sending applications

-Maintaining a GitHub profile

-Working on open source projects that may or may not fit a future job description

-Spending 1-5 days interviewing

And that's just off the top of my head. I'm sure we could come up with a few dozen more.

There are other companies that have tried to be the one-stop-shop for job hunting. It would suck if I worked on my Starfighter rep[1] and then I see a job I want but they want to use my HackerRank rep or StackOverflow rep or whatever elese instead.

[1] a term I just made up, and may not correspond to something in reality

I don't know what it means to be a one-stop-shop for job hunting. I'm flattered by the concern on this thread that we're somehow going to monopolize dev hiring so completely that every working developer will need an account with us in good standing, but (a) that's not going to happen and (b) we wouldn't let it happen in the alternative universe where it might.

The fear is not that Starfighter dominates; that would be a good case.

The fear is that there are a bunch of hiring fiefdoms, all waxing and waning, so that I have to spend a bunch of time on a bunch of them to stay relevant. I don't want to be laid off one day and then find out that these days employers are using StackOverflow scores or wherever and that I should have spent the past year working on that.

OTOH, if 1) I can easily find out that SoftwareCo is hiring through Foo-CTF without having built a Foo-CTF profile, and 2) I can spend, say, 5 hours building a profile at Foo-CTF and get a serious response at the end of that, that's good. It means instead of spending 5 hours doing the silly technical interview dance with SoftwareCo, I'm spending 5 hours doing the serious work-sample test with Foo-CTF. Foo-CTF's value-add is that they're experts at doing the work-sample test.

Ok. I see the disconnect.

This fear is unplugged from the reality of recruiting incentives.

It is in the direct financial interests of companies to recruit you directly, not through us. To recruit through us, they have to pay for the privilege.

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