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Would you pay someone to find a job you love?

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As the title says, suppose someone or something would (help you) find a job you really like, would you be willing to pay that person or service?

To clarify, I'm not asking if you would pay for the job itself, rather the effort of (or aid in) finding it.
Ethically it's fine, somebody does something for you, you pay them for it, simple enough. But would you do it in practice, do you feel it provides worth?

I myself am trying to create a job-searching tool and feel like the only way to align business model and catering to job seekers is a "pay what you want"-based system. Any thoughts?

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In short terms no. When I'm looking for work I like to do my own research and base the conclusion of if i should go for it or not on the information I find. I'm a very nit picky person and there is some places I have worked in that were and absoloute nightmare and would never want to go back. One time I found myself working for a former boss again, not knowing that the original company I worked for owned this company also.

I find that job searching tools are very useful. Lets take linkedin for example it allows great flexability with your skills, previous/current work or volunteering employment, then provides a pretty decent amount of filters to assist you in finding a job you could like.

I've always found that personal research would be a lot better in the longrun.

 

Ouch, must have been a painful discovery.

But what about paying for tools then?

 

I'm more than happy to pay for tools if they're going to boost productivity, assist in finding work or just generally help out. A lot of the tools I currently use I have either heavy discounts or for free because being a student has its great perks.

In the case you've mentioned here a tool for finding work I do pay for Linkedin premium as it certainly has its perks. I find that I'll end up paying it with a couple of aspects taken into consideration.

Either some form of free trial and free version that can be used to get a good overview, feel and basis of the tool. Then looking at the perks, the perks for a paid version shouldn't make it overly powered, nor should any of the free version(s) be rendered null because all of the stuff needed is in a paid version.

 

Yes. Absolutely. In fact, I've heard of something like this before -- "career agents" that coach you and help you find jobs with better salary and benefits, and in return you pay them a certain percent of your first few paychecks. For professionals, that seems like a much better way to go than depending on recruiters who are working for someone else.

 

We've been exploring this as a possible future element of the DEV business model in some way. Just as a thought experiment at this point, but it sure seems to be something that's bound to happen as the landscape continues to shift and give developers more agency over the relationship.

 

I would be comfortable buying leads for contract work etc. because there is a $ to $ cost/benefit analysis with direct comparables to cold-calling/emailing. Paying to "Find a job you love" for full-time sounds a bit weird and if a service like that popped up in an ad then I would be pretty skeptical.

Being a picky developer is a luxury afforded to people who already get spammed with recruiter quotas. DHH sometimes shares his spam and it's pretty hilarious. Now you are in a position to ask that person to go get more and pay you for the service?

 

That's a fair point. I would argue that recruiters don't qualify as "finding a job your love", rather they try to find an "employee you love" for a company. But the feeling is definitely valid.

 

A legendary salesman was once told: "You could sell pine cones, and people would buy all of your pine cones..."

It might be a tough sell to some skeptics, but there is always room for more.

 

Well I think I would but then again that person would have to be a close friend to know what are the things that I like and what are my dealbreakers so it would be a one off thing.

 

I'm curious, what makes the job you have great?

 

I think, yes. Obviously it couldn't be an exorbitant cost, but if I look at it like a high ROI to happiness then it's definitely something I'd consider.

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