Should RescueTime Help Get You a Job at your Favorite Company?

tl;dr – Our friends at awesome companies are hiring. If you’re top talent in information/technology fill out this survey to let us know if and how we can help make some strong introductions. We’re not going to expose users’ data.

The other day we saw a post on Hacker News from SEOmoz advertising a $12,000 reward for software engineers. My first reaction was the thought, “I feel like I must know someone who would be a good match for this position.” We get this a lot because we’re always running into Y Combinator or True Ventures startup founders or friends at companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon who are looking for “only the best” to fill open positions on their teams. It’s always hard to recommend people for jobs without being able to vouch for them personally, either about their work habits or that they’ve actually worked with the technologies they claim to have worked with. But it occurred to us that we might be able to help solve this problem. We have the best users in the world! So we found ourselves wondering, “do our users want that?”

As a RescueTime Solo user, we’re pretty sure you’re either already an overachiever, or at least well on your way to cementing yourself firmly in the top-tier of knowledge workers in your particular field (and yeah, your RescueTime profile proves it). One of the problems top workers may have is that they don’t have the time they need to focus on making progress toward their goal of working for the company they’ve always loved. They’d jump at the chance to land a gig at one of the exciting companies where everyone wants to work, but they’re just not networked enough or even statistically likely enough to have their resume noticed by the right person that would lead them to their rightful spot at their favorite company.

I think we can help! Not only can we vouch for you as someone who is in the top of users in your field in terms of efficiency, but we can also say with a great deal of certainty that you’ve been working hard in the skill areas in which the companies you’re interested in are looking to hire. We also have connections! RescueTime already has users, investors, and advisors connected to most of the top companies you’re probably thinking you’d like to work for. There are definite opportunities for us to make mutually beneficial connections there.

Top percentile talent is expensive to source because there are (by definition!) only a small number of people who match that description. Our business is built on helping our users become more efficient and it seems like it’s only natural that we can do something about the inefficiencies here. We should be able to save you time getting you in front of the people you most want to work with, while saving them time and money trying to find you.

Here’s where you come in. If you’re top talent in the information/technology space (and of course you are!) we need you to fill out this survey to let us know what you think of this plan, and to give us a better idea of how to proceed.

Let’s be clear. We are well aware this is a delicate thing to balance. We’re absolutely not talking about giving any of your information to recruiters or spamming you with emails for boring jobs that you don’t care about. That wouldn’t do anything but waste everyone’s time. Our focus for this is centered on the experience of our users. The companies we’re talking to about this are all companies we’d want to work at ourselves. This idea came from the Hacker News community and we want to be careful to continue to make something people want. Also worth noting is that if you are a RescueTime Team account user you and your team are off limits. We’re not about to let other companies poach your team members out from under you.

Here’s what we think we can do:
– Help users be more focused so they can improve their career in the direction they want.
– Connect users to companies we trust once we can vouch for them and their skills.
– Provide a way for users to show off their skills via a badge, or public profile summary.

Here’s what we won’t do:
– Expose users’ time and attention data.
– Sell users’ email addresses. We would act as a trusted intermediary between parties.
– Spam users with distracting job offers. We hate distractions. That’s why we made RescueTime.

So answer the survey and tell us what you think. And as always, thanks for your time!