3. By hacking Facebook
We’re sure that there are many folks out there who covet a job at Facebook, but Chris Putnam got one in an extremely unusual way!
Back in 2005, when MySpace was king and Facebook was just taking off, Putnam – along with friends Kyle Stoneman and Marcel Laverdet – decided to kill some time by hacking Facebook and pulling some pranks. Most notably, Putnam created a worm that copied itself from profile to profile, while Stoneman and Laverdet worked on a CSS stylesheet to go along with it that made infected Facebook profiles look just like MySpace profiles.
Putnam soon got a message from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in his inbox. He was impressed with the prank but unhappy with how it deleted some of the users’ info. The pair started a back-and-forth, with Putnam telling Moskovitz about other holes he’d detected in Facebook’s code that could leave it vulnerable to hackers.
At this point, Putnam was still in college, but by early 2006, Putnam was getting bored with matriculating. He told Moskovitz, who he was still in touch with, that he was interviewing with a company in San Francisco, and he was immediately offered an interview with Facebook in Palo Alto.
Putnam was hired right away and later one of his co-conspirators, Marcel Laverdet, came to work for Facebook, too.
So, it all worked out nicely for Putnam, but we wouldn’t necessarily suggest that you hack the company you’re looking for a job with. It could have gone the other way and landed Putnam in jail!