NotchUp: Turning The Job Search Upside Down

I received my second invite to the notchup.com private beta this morning and decided to sign-up since I’m in job hunt mode again. I have to say that this service seems like a brilliant idea at first — getting paid for each job interview — but I’m not sure if this will attract enough attention to pay off for employers.

NotchUp LogoOnce you sign up, you can import your LinkedIn profile to the site and optionally import and invite you LinkedIn contacts. This is the way I got my two invites in the past couple weeks. But like Plaxo in the early days, I get annoyed when neo-SPAMed — Bacn would be the more accurate term I guess –  so I didn’t opt-in to this. From there you set your interview price… I used their calculator to determine mine and then rounded down to the nearest $50. So anyone can interview me for a mere $550. The first company to do this will finance the Amazon Kindle I have my eye on 😉

Seriously, NotchUp has potential to attract passive job searchers who are not listed on the traditional job boards. And their payment scheme makes some sort of sense to weed out interviews that will turn into a waste of the job seekers time. I really hope something happens here and will post if and when I get my first interview gig.

If anyone would like an invite to join NotchUp, just post a comment here and I’ll send it to you via email.

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  1. I just got my 10th invite so this must be gaining serious traction with the LinkedIn import feature (which is checked by default I might add… sneaky smart)

  2. I just got my 10th invite so this must be gaining serious traction with the LinkedIn import feature (which is checked by default I might add… sneaky smart)

  3. I don’t trust anything that doesn’t give me an opt out from all the spam they’re sending me. I’ll just blackhole their domain on our mail server I guess.

    One of those Web2.0 “spam everyone and get popular services”.

  4. I don’t trust anything that doesn’t give me an opt out from all the spam they’re sending me. I’ll just blackhole their domain on our mail server I guess.

    One of those Web2.0 “spam everyone and get popular services”.

  5. I’ve been doing more and more sniffing around through all of the articles that people are publishing and I’m sort of shocked at how quickly people are chasing the money, and not considering the downstream consequences.

    Sure, it may just be more Viagra mail–hey, who couldn’t use a cheap supplier, right?

    But what if it’s more than that?

    What also ticks me off a bit is that if LinkedIn did this–modified their terms as such, there would be an outcry akin to that of the Facebook Beacon debacle.

    However, the instant you slurp your LinkedIn profile, you’re potentially letting NotchUp slurp up the privacy and respect LinkedIn gave you.

    Seems a little unfair; I’d much rather let LinkedIn make a dime off of me just for being what they are.

    Of course, the good thing from this could be that people pick up on the TOS/Privacy issue (which is NOT the same as SECURITY) and people start to become more self-aware with every Viagra mail they receive.

    I wrote a bit more at: http://www.userglue.com/blog/2008/01/27/notchup-privacy-down/

  6. I’ve been doing more and more sniffing around through all of the articles that people are publishing and I’m sort of shocked at how quickly people are chasing the money, and not considering the downstream consequences.

    Sure, it may just be more Viagra mail–hey, who couldn’t use a cheap supplier, right?

    But what if it’s more than that?

    What also ticks me off a bit is that if LinkedIn did this–modified their terms as such, there would be an outcry akin to that of the Facebook Beacon debacle.

    However, the instant you slurp your LinkedIn profile, you’re potentially letting NotchUp slurp up the privacy and respect LinkedIn gave you.

    Seems a little unfair; I’d much rather let LinkedIn make a dime off of me just for being what they are.

    Of course, the good thing from this could be that people pick up on the TOS/Privacy issue (which is NOT the same as SECURITY) and people start to become more self-aware with every Viagra mail they receive.

    I wrote a bit more at: http://www.userglue.com/blog/2008/01/27/notchup-privacy-down/

  7. Hi Tim,

    I would love an invite, just to see how these guys are scheming the whole thing. Thanks in advance.

    Chris

  8. Hi Tim,

    I would love an invite, just to see how these guys are scheming the whole thing. Thanks in advance.

    Chris

  9. Has anyone actually been on an interview they got through notchup.com? I’ve heard that companies will pay to interview, but I’ve yet to actually see it….

  10. Has anyone actually been on an interview they got through notchup.com? I’ve heard that companies will pay to interview, but I’ve yet to actually see it….

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