The Career Spectrum Blog

Online Job Search Safety

Posted on: January 17, 2010

Would you buy a new car sight unseen? Probably not given the type of investment you’d be making. So why take a similar risk with your career by posting your resumé on a job web posting board where anyone with an account – legitimate business or scammer – can access YOUR personal information?

Job boards serve as a good starting resource for people in the market for a new career direction, but they shouldn’t be your only source. Here are some safety tips:

  1. Bookmark job sites listed in ads and verify that they are legitimate links to the companies. Many of the Fortune 500 organizations have their own employment databases and some even allow you to upload your resumé to their database.
  2. Check for a telephone number. There’s no harm in calling for more information – and making sure the company is legitimate – in order to make an informed decision about whether to pursue employment with the lead.
  3. If you do post your resumé on a public job board, limit the amount of personal information you show. For example, instead of listing your address and telephone number, list an e-mail.
  4. Mask any potentially identifying information, such as current or most recent employer (you could put COMPANY CONFIDENTIAL in place of the name). Once you determine that you’re dealing with a legitimate recruiter, release your information.
  5. Finally, if an ad sounds “too good to be true,” it probably is.
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