Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Resume Fabrication

Recently, Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson’s incorrect resume caught the tech world by storm. What did he do wrong?

According to his resume he has a computer science degree. Whoops, he doesn’t, even though that detail was included in an SEC filing and in several public bios. Walk that one back why don’t ya.

This week at Sarah Lawrence College students are preparing to walk at commencement and then off into the working world. On their resumes are internships, part time jobs and various skill sets that will hopefully help them find a job so they can begin paying off their student loans, buy dinner, and do something fun with their friends.

At a large company like Yahoo! one might think that this kind of thing wouldn’t happen… Ever!

What does this mean for the recent graduate who may have been manipulating their online presence during the time as an under-grad. Is that even possible? Better yet, will an employer care?

Recent graduates are not expected to have years worth of job history on their resume. It is a foot in the door that will help them sell their amazing skills. Some fields require extensive proof of training but at a liberal arts institution the sky is the limit and you never know what you’re going to see on someone’s resume.

Do students manipulate their resume to stand out? Is someone going to check to see if everything on the resume is true?

I think I’ll end with a bigger question, are resume’s becoming a thing of the past due to social media and online reputation options?


The Facebook of 2012 Goes Back to its 2004 Roots

Yesterday the Facebook of old reared its head! No you don’t have to request a Facebook page for your school. Soon, schools will soon have their own private Idaho within something called “Groups for Schools.”

Here’s what Facebook has to say about:

See what’s happening around campus!

  • Find groups for your classes, clubs, and more
  • Post files like lecture notes or assignments
  • Easily message other students and teachers

Of course, it’s an obvious step for the massive social site. It’s actually a surprise that it didn’t happen sooner. Oh, say, when groups were pushed out to their user base as the perfect place to talk with friends and, groups.

Why are they going back to their roots?

I suspect they know what everyone else knows: Facebook has gotten to be too big at nearly 1 billion users. Yes, with a B.

It’s incredibly difficult to have a conversation with a stadium of people. Have you noticed?  There’s so much noise and the filters don’t do enough to make it easy for the everyday Facebook user.

The solution I hear (and have heard from students and non-students) is to remove friends who aren’t impacting their News Feed. That approach makes sense to me. Or will something like this back to the roots of Facebook idea have an impact?

Who is out of luck?

All students who graduate and lose their .edu address will have to say good-bye to their school group. If you’re a student, now is the time to push for an alum email address via Google Apps or Microsoft Live@edu.

When will it be available?

Great question. Facebook said that they will communicate the news when their school group is available. I you want to be sure you are in the know, go to the Groups for Schools page, search for your school, then add your email address to be notified.

Instagram Welcomes Their New Overlords


The news broke while I was discussing the Annual Technology Survey with my student employee seconds after I had said that I added Pinterist to the list of social media sites. She they asked “What about Instagram?” This led to a discussion about the sudden growth of new friends in the app (thanks Android) and how we could leverage either/both.

I looked over and my screen and there it was: “Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion”

My first reaction was:

Guess I’ll find another app to use when I get a smartphone.

Then I started reading other reactions and the vast majority were of the same opinion. The Facebook backlash is officially a part of the online culture. The entertaining side of this is where I read many of the comments. You guessed it…


Students, faculty, and staff are going to continue using apps like these on their phones or are they?

How would you say this the sentence?

I am going to (continue to use/stop using) Instagram.

Post your version in the comments.