Last Updated May 2, 2010 11:49 PM EDT
It turns out that there's a simple way to misrepresent yourself on LinkedIn. After you get a recommendation, you can access your profile and then edit your title and company. You were a sales associate at OmniSales, Inc? Well, make yourself the CIO of Nabisco. Why not?
Sure, you're saying -- obviously, you can edit your work history in LinkedIn. Everyone knows that; what's the big deal? Well, if you have a recommendation in connection with that job, the recommendation remains, and it looks like you have a recommendation in your new, fictional position.
That's bad. As a hiring manager, there's no easy way to know if any LinkedIn recommendations you see are legitimate. And as a peer recommender, your good name is potenially being used to endorse a fraudulent resume entry.
The fix? If you give recommendations, include the title and company in your recommendation. Otherwise, this glitch will be a potential exploit for unscrupulous job seekers until LinkedIn patches the hole. [via Download Squad]