Articles > Identity Theft and the Job Hunt - by Scott Brown

When you are in a position of searching for your next job, identity theft couldnít be further from your mind - at least for most people. Unfortunately, in todayís world, it is something you need to consider.

Job hunting now means sending out your resume or posting it on many different sites. In fact, we tend to send out or post anywhere and everywhere we can to gain more exposure. This is a great approach to finding a job. After all, job searching is a form of marketing. However, it also presents some risks if you donít take proper precautions.

Here are some tips, as offered by Pam Dixon, founder and executive director of World Privacy Forum.
* Work with the job sites that allow you to post your resume online without showing your contact information. Whatís the point, you say. I need people to contact me about a job, thatís why Iím doing this. Thatís true, but this way you get to control who contacts you. If you choose to post other ways, then make sure you donít put down everything. Use a separate email for just this purpose.
* Donít ever put down your Social Security Number on your resume. This should be common sense, but needs to be said again. A potential employer will only ask for this number after you have been hired Ė never before.
* You have a responsibility to your references as well. Never post them as that means you are showing all their personal information on the Internet. This could cause them many problems.
* Keep records of where you have posted your resume. This will help you to follow up later.
* Keep in mind, not all jobs postings are for real jobs. Only respond if you are sure of the viability of the site.
* Check the privacy policy of the particular site you are interested in. If there are no policies posted, that should be your first hint that something isnít quite right.

Identity theft is a real issue of our technological age. Prevention is always the best defense and for the rest, well, just try to be careful.

Donít turn your job hunt into any worse a nightmare than it already is. Act smart and youíll succeed in getting the perfect job for you.


Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

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