How to Ensure Only the Right People Online See Your Resume
As job-seeker numbers soar, the number of resumes being posted online is increasing as well. We are going to show you how to keep the personal information contained in your resume safe from online predators.
There are millions of people out there looking for jobs right now and many of them are in the same field of work as you. The competition is incredible out there, and if you are one of the many who is trying to search online for employment by posting your resume, then you need to know what to do to protect your private information.
Your Privacy is at Risk
Any time you post your resume online, you place that private information at risk to some extent. Your resume could be seen by people you don’t want to see it or that you never thought might see it.
The conditions of the job market have made it easy for phishers and other types of scammers to be very successful in the online space.
For those who have a job already, posting their resume online can mean that they expose to their employer that they are job searching.
You could also be putting yourself at risk for receiving spam.
Identity thieves may find enough information in your resume to pose as you or set up accounts falsely with your identity.
You want to show your best side for potential employers, so it might seem to be defeating the purpose of making a name for yourself and a good impression on them if you are being timid about what you post to your resume.
You should try to find a balance between posting too much and posting too little.
Keep Your Information Private on Job Posting Boards
The many job boards across the internet offer a great opportunity for job seekers. Many of them have built up respected reputations for themselves, but others are much newer and may not have the name recognition as their competition.
Get Rid of Personal Details
You can fill out an electronic resume on most job boards or just upload a file with your resume on it. You want to be sure to remove all unnecessary personal details about yourself from the resume before you post it online.
There should be no financial information listed on there. Your social security number, address or date of birth should not be on the resume.
You can put your region, state or city instead of a specific address.
You also want to avoid using your own email for work contacts. You can create a separate email to handle work correspondence. Use free mail providers like Yahoo or Gmail for your professional account and make sure that your resume has the correct email address.
Another way to protect your online identity is to create a separate phone account or list your skype as a contact method. You can create a new skype account for the job search as well.
Any resume uploads you make should have personal details removed. If the employer wants those details, they can get in touch with you for them.
Know How to Keep Things Private
A lot of the job boards out there will let you control the amount of privacy you have. You can decide who sees certain information and how much information is being shared. Make sure you go for the highest possible privacy setting that works in your situation. If you only want to submit your resume for specific job posts, then you can make your resume private and only submit it to those jobs you are interested in.
If you don’t want your employer to know you are searching for a new job, then leave your current employer’s name off the resume. You can use a description in place of the company’s actual name, saying something like “a national fast food restaurant chain” instead of the name.
When you visit a new job board for the first time, you should make sure you research that board and find out what their privacy settings and encryptions are like. If the board has no privacy controls or filters, then you probably want to look elsewhere to post your resume. Just because the site has a seal from a trusted bureau, that doesn’t mean they are affiliated with them. Be sure to click through any links that are supposed to represent trusted business bureaus and other certifications. That helps you find legitimate sites and avoid scams. You can make sure the site it links to is correct by Googling that site separately.
Protect Yourself in Online Classifieds
If you answer classified job postings with a copy of your resume, then you can be putting your private details at risk. You want to make sure that the address you are sending the resume to isn’t a scammer.
Blind ads are the most dangerous, as they will be filled with nonspecific details. These do not name the employer and they can be an easy setup for a scam. You want to be cautious with what information you submit to them. It’s far better to try to find the employer’s website and submit your resume directly to there rather than emailing them in response to an ad.
Repair Damage to Information Already Online
You may have posted resumes in the past that are outside the scope of the guidelines we have listed here. If that happens, you can still protect yourself online. Go back to those job boards and get rid of any identifying info. Change up your privacy options to make sure that only the right people can see your resume and keep track of any places your resume is posted in a separate document or spreadsheet. After you have found the job you want, you can go back and delete your old resume posts completely. For even better protection, consider using professional online privacy protection. This service will get rid of information you want to keep private online and ensure the safety of your personal details.
By posting your resume online, you can have success in your job search, but you have to be careful about safeguarding your online privacy and making sure you know who is seeing your personal information.