I'm in an application processes for Software development. I'm now writing to companies which I found on stackoverflows careers 2.0 add's when surfing on stackoverflow.
What I'm asking my self now:
Should I tell them where I heard from their job offer? Or better just refer to the offer of their page?
Because if I say so, they will probably ask me for my stackoverflow profile.
As the pros are:
In my point of view my know how is compared to others with the same experience in that field pretty good. So they can have a quick look on my top voted answers and questions over the last years and can get an own view of that, without a need of me to try to convince them. (a strong pro argument, but it is the only one I have)
Contra: I have a lot of connected accounts so they could also see posts from me like this one. Or they could be looking over my roleplay exchange profile and get a view on me which has nothing to do with the job. (Or they could also find posts like this one of me, which expose some kinds of missing knowledge. What could even get me in a weak position for negotiation)
I don't know there is a way to directly look up my comments, but even if not so, if they would want to, with a lot of effort they can track all my comments. Where as until then stack exchange was a spare time activity for me, so they could also find some rude, offensive or at least unprofessional comments of me.
And the third contra is: If they would look over the times when I'm posting, they could ask me, what my last employer was thinking on participating in stackexchange in my work times. (What he doesn't know, that I'm actively participating in it.)
So how likely is it that they would also look up things I contra mentioned, when they would ask me for my stackexchange profile? And if it is supposable they do so, should I better don't mention careers 2.0 in my CV? Or will they also know that it was a spare time activity of me, and will forgive that even professionals sometimes aren't acting like ones in their spare time?