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Get Paid to Look For Job, Even if You're Not Looking

Kim Hart

NotchUp.com is a new job-search Web site that helps companies find talented workers who aren't actually searching for a job. After all, the best workers aren't posting their resumes on Monster.com or Craigslist--they're busy climbing the corporate ladder in their current job.

But at the right price, you may be able to persuade someone to listen to your offer. To avoid seeming disloyal to their company, workers can post their resume and current projects while staying invisible to their current boss. In fact, you can stay anonymous throughout the entire process, up to the point of a serious offer. You can also import your LinkedIn profile to show off your wide network of industry connections.

And they can name the price it would take to accept a phone interview. This could be useful for companies based outside of major tech hubs that are having a hard time attracting talented people. And it lets workers name a pretty high price--$500 anyone?--just for listening to the company's pitch.

NotchUp.com is self-funded and, according to the company, growing fast. About a week ago, a few days after it's private beta launch, the site had about 200 members. But once members started inviting other companies and employees, it took off. In the last 36 hours, the company says, NotchUp.com got 50,000 employees and 400 corporations to sign up.

By Kim Hart  |  January 29, 2008; 1:20 PM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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Gotta disagree, and gotta encourage you to read their Terms of Service to understand what rights to your personal information you could be giving up, and what they take responsibility for. Compare it to LinkedIn's policies.

Everyone seems to be jumping on board to chase some money, but they don't realize what a massive list they've just helped the company generate, potentially, allegedly, of course.

Frankly, I'm disappointed by the media's take on this--and how quickly they've missed the Terms of Service--everyone seems to click the box, but not read what the implications are.

Shame on you.

Check out:
http://www.userglue.com/blog/2008/01/27/notchup-privacy-down/

Also, compare their site design to that of GrandCentral.com.

Posted by: Russ | January 30, 2008 11:02 AM

"the best workers aren't posting their resumes on Monster.com or Craigslist--they're busy climbing the corporate ladder in their current job"

"To avoid seeming disloyal to their company, workers can post their resume and current projects while staying invisible to their current boss."

The minute they post resumes on Monster.com or Craigslist, even if invisible to their current boss, they won't be best workers.

Catch-22?


Posted by: Mickey | January 31, 2008 12:05 PM

TalentSpring (my company), JobFox, and ItzBig are three companies working on making hiring more efficient. Now NotchUp is also doing some interesting things in this space.

The first three are working on advanced ways to job seekers to their ideal job opening. And employers to their ideal job candidate.

TalentSpring goes beyond that to rank resumes within an industry. We do this to benefit Job Seekers by getting the attention of employees. Job seekers rank well in areas they are passionate about and where they have invested in their work experience and education.

Since job seekers will rank well in areas they are interested in, we can bring large numbers of employers back to that job seeker. Specifically, we email a wide range of employers of job types that the job seeker considers ideal. This way the job seeker wins because they have their ideal types of employers actively listening to them. (Ranking resumes gives us the power to accomplish this)

Bryan Starbuck
CEO
www.TalentSpring.com

Posted by: Bryan Starbuck | February 2, 2008 8:24 PM

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