Pitfalls of the TikTok Resume Trend

Lately, it seems the place to be for job seekers is TikTok, where users are posting video resumes – and racking up impressive page views – as they look to set themselves apart in increasingly competitive candidate pools. On the popular video app, a one-minute video can draw hundreds of comments and shares, resulting in multiple job leads – even interview requests. For job seekers, those kinds of stats are compelling, as is the prospect of being able to tell their stories in a way that goes beyond the humdrum, one-page resume. But, for employers, there are additional points to consider with the TikTok resume trend, says Maryland Smith’s Cynthia Kay Stevens.

From the earliest days of her professional life, working as a business analyst for JPMorgan Chase, Sherika Ekpo, MBA ’09, was determined to keep one goal in mind: to ascend in her career, making a difference in every step.
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

The center’s cross-disciplinary research program involves faculty champions throughout the Smith School who work with other educational institutions and leaders in business, non-profits, and government.

Major Areas of Research

  • Leadership development
  • Leading creativity/innovation
  • Leading organizational changes
  • Factors affecting leadership effectiveness
  • Leading virtual teams
  • Executive coaching—process & consequences

The Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) is focused on the science and practice of developing leaders who can inspire valuable innovation and foster well-reasoned organizational change. The center is well-situated to forge new approaches to leadership and leadership development with its globally recognized faculty researchers and professors.

Can AI Help Create More Equitable Workplaces?

Can we partner with artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to build a more equitable workforce? New research may offer a way.

Maryland Smith is home to a number of centers of excellence, which help our students and alumni dive deeper into complex ideas in the marketplace, through research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Centergize is the opportunity for you to learn more about these centers, their impact, and how you can be involved with them. The event is set up for you to hear brief remarks from all the participating centers followed by breakout rooms, where you can learn even more about three of the centers of your choosing.

Join this event to learn more from the following centers:




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Annual retreat for Centers of Excellence leadership to meet with each other and the Dean's Office to share and discuss concerns and ideas. Event details: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - 2333 VMH. An agenda will be emailed prior to the event.




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10 Business Books for Your Summer Reading List

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the 14th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders for 2017, as recommended by faculty members. (1) The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our MindsBy Michael Lewis (2016)

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