Professor examines role of social media in hiring process

first_imgThe Student Diversity Board’s Social Media Committee at Saint Mary’s invited the College’s own Business Professor, James Rogers, to speak about the effect social media can have in a company’s hiring process.Rogers introduced his discussion by challenging students to ask themselves a single question before posting anything on their social media: “What could possibly go wrong?”According to Rogers, over 90 percent of employers recruit using info gathered from social media networks.“They care about the person with whom they’re about to associate,” Rogers said.In most states, he said, it is legal for an employer to ask for a prospective employee’s social media passwords. Rogers said employers may do this even if it is not a prospective employee’s first job.“It really is about the rest of your life,” he said.Rogers said in an average company, the cost of hiring an employee can be greater than $100,000. He asked students to put themselves in the employer’s shoes.“If they choose to associate with you, their reputation could be on the line,” he said.Even if a prospective employee were to present themselves well during interviews, Rogers said the final decision may come down to social media. “This could be the make or break point for you,” he said.Rogers said students should avoid three pitfalls with respect to social media.The first is to avoid remaining friends on social media with people who may tag you in questionable posts — unfriending someone on social media is not unfriending them in real life, Rogers said.“You can’t have stuff of theirs tagged with you. It spreads virally,” he said.Another pitfall to avoid is a boring or nonexistent online presence, Rogers said.“The competitive process requires us to stand out in a positive way,” he said. “In the end, you want people to find someone who is hirable.”The final pitfall, according to Rogers, is having a tattoo as one of the first things a potential employer sees on social media.“I know it sounds unfair and prejudicial,” Rogers said. “But maybe the employer world isn’t going to be excited that this is the first thing they see about you.“ … I’m not telling you to pretend to be someone you’re not. They look for honesty. I urge you to be as transparent as one can be without placing yourself under peril.”Rogers said that as negative as social media can be in the hiring process, social media can be positive and provide prospective employees with an advantage.“You have to drown the negative,” he said. “Find the things that you are passionate about and use that to your advantage.”Sophomore business major, Kiersten Lieurance, said Rogers’ lecture changed the way she thought about social media.“I didn’t really think there are positive ways to impact your social media that your job will see or that they would be interested in,” Lieurance said.Rogers recommended his students accomplish this by simply revealing their values and strengths through social media.“Get down to the core of what it means to be a Saint Mary’s College student,” Rogers said. “The values that it represents — understanding education, ability, passion, spirituality — bring those things forward in your social media activities.”Rogers closed his talk with a reminder.“Our expectation of realistic privacy online is none,” he said.Tags: job search, SMC, social medialast_img read more

Serena in No Rush Back after Injuries

first_imgSerena Williams has said that she’s sick and tired of playing top-level tennis while injured.The 22-time grand slam champion lost her world No. 1 ranking to Angelique Kerber this month when she was dumped out of the US Open at the semifinal stage.Williams has struggled with injury over the past year, with shoulder and knee problems increasing her frustration throughout the season. And the American — who turns 35 next week — is refusing to put a date on a comeback, instead focusing on making sure she’s close to full fitness before making a return.“I’m tired of playing tournaments unhealthy and taking losses that I would never lose,” Williams told CNN at the unveiling of her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s new tennis academy near Nice.“I definitely want to make sure I’m healthy and playing at my best or at least 80 per cent healthy or 70 per cent healthy — that way I can be able to play at a higher level.”The knee injury appeared to play a significant part in Williams’ shock defeat by Karolina Pliskova in the last four at Flushing Meadows.While she refused to blame the injury for the loss, the result meant she managed to land just one grand slam title compared to the three she won a year earlier.Williams has three tournament scheduled for the rest of 2016: Two in China, then the season-ending WTA Championships in Singapore starting October 24. She missed the tour’s Asian swing last year due to injuries.RESULTSBournemouth 2-3 PrestonBrighton 1-2 ReadingDerby 0-3 LiverpoolEverton 0-2 NorwichLeeds 1-0 BlackburnLeicester 2-4 ChelseaNewcastle 2-0 WolveNot’ Forest 0-4 ArsenalShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Amazon blunder leaks Alexa data to other customer

first_imgAmazon blunder leaks Alexa data to other customer by Martin Brinkmann on December 21, 2018 in Companies – 17 commentsIt appears that the fears of privacy and data protection advocates in regards to voice powered devices have come true; at least in a single case where Amazon leaked a customer’s voice data to another customer.What happened? According (PDF) to German computer magazine CT, one of Amazon’s German customers requested access to the data the company had stored about him. Amazon sent the customer a zip archive with the data and the customer began to analyze it.He noticed that the archive included about 1700 WAV files and a PDF document that contained Alexa transcripts. The customer did not own or use Alexa devices and concluded quickly, after playing some audio files, that the recordings were not his.The customer contacted Amazon about the incident but nothing came out of it; he decided to contact CT and provided CT with a sample of the files. The audio recordings provided a great deal of information about the then-unknown Amazon customer including where and how Alexa was used, information about jobs, people, alarms, likes, home application controls, and transport inquiries.CT created a profile of the user and was able to identify the customer, his girlfriend, and some friends, using it. CT contacted the customer and he confirmed that his voice was on the recordings.Amazon told the magazine that the leak “was an unfortunate mishap that was the result of human error”. Amazon did contact both customers after CT contacted the company.Privacy issueAmazon stores Alexa voice data indefinitely in the cloud. The company does so to “improve its services”. The data may be used to identify owners of Alexa devices and others mentioned in recordings or audible when recordings take place. While it depends on how Alexa devices are used, it is clear that the recordings contain private information that most, if not all, customers would be very uncomfortable with if leaked to others.Most owners of voice controlled devices are probably unaware, or indifferent, that their data is stored in the cloud indefinitely.Amazon customers may delete voice recordings that Amazon has stored in the cloud on https://amazon.de/alexaprivacy/. I was not able to access the functionality on the main Amazon website, https://amazon.com/alexaprivacy/, as it redirected the request automatically.The German page is accessible and provides options to delete recordings that Amazon has on file. There is no option, however, to block Amazon from storing recordings in the first place. It is unclear if the page works only for German customers or all Amazon customers.Closing WordsCompanies need to take human errors into account when it comes to privacy leaks and violations. The Amazon case demonstrates that leaks may happen for numerous reasons including successful hacking attempts, software error, or human error.Now You: Do you use voice controlled devices?SummaryArticle NameAmazon blunder leaks Alexa data to other customerDescriptionIt appears that the fears of privacy and data protection advocates in regards to voice powered devices have come true; at least in a single case where Amazon leaked a customer’s voice data to another customer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more