Wednesday, December 5, 2007

ACM Account Verification

As part of Simpson's search for a new computer science candidate, my job is to find possible candidates via the ACM's resume database. (ACM has apparently partnered with "Jobtarget" to do their job website.)

So before I can do search resume's, I need to verify my account:

From the Jobtarget website:

Validation is required to view the resumes on the site. This process takes only a few minutes: simply fax a copy of your business card, or company letterhead, or a business license, or a trade name certificate, or other documentation that verifies you represent an organization. Please send that fax to 860.447.4562. Include your name, phone number, and email in case we need to contact you.

What does this prove, exactly? Anyone could make up their own business card or letterhead. It would also be easy to forge a legitimate company's information.

It is bad enough that any company would consider this 'verification', but this is the ACM! They have published hundreds, if not thousands of papers on security. This is just sad, even if the website is developed through a partnership, and not by the ACM.