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How a Man Got Hired by Facebook by Infecting It with a 'MySpace Worm'

With jobs being hard to come by these days, you need to get creative in order to land that dream gig. We wouldn't recommend this path to everybody, but Chris Putnam earned a job at Facebook by creating a worm that made users' profiles look like a MySpace page. In 2005, Putnam, along with his friends Marcel Laverdet and Kyle Stoneman, wrote the XSS-based worm, which spread every time an...

Office Gladiators: Turn Your Employed Life Into a Battle With Cubeduel

From what we've heard (because we've certainly never used it), LinkedIn is a social network with twice the "work" and none of the fun -- a sort of Facebook without the face. Well, the minds behind Cubeduel hope to change that perception. Drawing its information from your Linked In profile, Cubeduel goes through your past and present fellow employees, asking you to rank them as coworkers. It's...

'BranchOut' Will Help You Land a Job by Spamming Your Facebook Friends

Are you unafraid to annoy your Facebook friends until you finally land that new job? There's now an app for that. According to its description, 'BranchOut' is supposed to provide you with "inside connections at hundreds of companies" by "expanding your career network through all of your friends on Facebook." And how does it do that? With spam, apparently. Once you download 'BranchOut,' the...

'Team Players' Need Not Apply to LinkedIn's Most Overused Resume Words

Hey there, motivated team player with incredible problem solving skills! Are you looking for a job? Well, you probably won't find one -- at least, not using those words. Along with "results-oriented," "innovative" and "fast-paced" (your writer being guilty of that one, herself), the aforementioned are among the ten most overused words on professional networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn's...

Lost Your Job? Blame the Robots, MIT Economist Says

The U.S. job market is in the doldrums and the American middle class is shrinking. But instead of blaming the President, illegal immigrants, or karmic forces, one MIT economist says we should blame robots. In a study conducted during the spring, economist David Autor found that manufacturing is still strong in the U.S., which is encouraging. What's not so encouraging, however, is the fact that...

Daily Mail Hides Geekiest Job Listing Ever in Robots.txt File

Search engines typically dispatch "robots," or "spiders," to systematically crawl the Web for timely, pertinent and specific information. Programmers control the actions of those crawlers with robots.txt files, which command the spider to patrol certain websites and to index specific material. Inevitably, huge nerds will also hide quirky messages right in the heart of the geeky protocol. The...

Best Buy Worker Faces Firing Over Viral iPhone vs. Evo Videos

What began as an innocent viral joke may end up costing one Best Buy worker his part-time job. Brian Maupin, of Missouri, recently posted two videos making fun of iPhone and Evo acolytes, respectively. Although neither video made explicit reference to his employer, managers at the Independence, MO Best Buy decided to suspend him from his duties after Maupin refused their polite suggestion that he...

Pizza Joint Waitress Fired for Trashing Customers on Facebook

At this point, we find it hard to have sympathy for people who get fired because of something they posted on Facebook. It's like touching a hot stove -- you know not to do it and it will hurt if you do. But for some reason, people just haven't learned. According to the Charlotte Observer, a UNC-Charlotte student was fired from her waitress job for complaining about restaurant customers on her...

Copywriter Plays on Ad Executives 'Vanity Googling' to Nab Job

Share In this tough job market, prospective employees need to be more creative than ever if they hope to land work. So Alec Brownstein, a copywriter in New York City, recently used some clever self-advertising to snag his dream job. According to Huffington Post, Brownstein bought a Google ad that appeared whenever five top advertising executives -- David Droga, Tony Granger, Gerry Graf, Ian...

Potential Employers Go to Google, Facebook to Dig Up Dirt on You

We already knew that employers and hiring managers do Web-based during the job-hiring process. There's enough anecdotal evidence out there that you probably didn't need to read Microsoft's study that found 70-percent of U.S. hiring managers rejected applicants based on their online activities. But that tidbit of information is pretty useless unless you know where they're looking (though you...

Supreme Court Sexting Case: Will Workers' Privacy Rights Sink or Swim?

In December, we told you about a group of police officers in Ontario, California, who had taken their Chief to court after discovering that he'd been reading sexually explicit text messages they had sent on pagers provided by the police department. After a lower court ruled in favor of Sergeant Jeff Quon and the three other plaintiffs (two of whom were Quon's wife and mistress, both policewomen),...

Job Seekers Changing Names to Hide Facebook Profiles

Share Employees and job seekers are learning, slowly it seems, that anything they post online is fair game for employers. We don't need the recent survey commissioned by Microsoft to tell us that managers and recruiters are turning to social networks to review applicants, but a little reinforcement of the point doesn't hurt. Rather than exercising some well-advised self-censorship, though, new...

'Social Sentry' Software Monitors Employees' Facebooking Habits

Any company worth its salt has a social-media policy these days. But a new piece of software released by Teneros called Social Sentry allows employers to keep an even closer eye on how much time their workers spend on Facebook and Twitter. According to The New York Times, the software costs a company between $2 and $8 per employee, depending on the size of the company and the level of scrutiny...

Obama Looking to Hire a White House Twitterer

Balancing two wars, steep unemployment rates, and an expansive healthcare overhaul doesn't leave Barack Obama a whole lot of time for anything -- including, apparently, Twitter. This may explain why the President is reportedly looking to hire an official White House twitterer, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mia Cambronero currently holds the vaunted position of social networks manager for...

MIT Grad Uses MS Paint to Build Interactive Resume

While the rest of the job-seeking world is busy uploading pristine, video-enhanced resumes or marketing themselves on Twitter, one brainiac at MIT has decided to set his CV apart from the self-marketing masses -- with a little help from Microsoft Paint. Flagrantly disregarding all ladder-climbing protocol, computer science PhD grad Eugene Hsu recently created a surprisingly coherent resume...