Monday, October 19, 2009

Be careful with personal information on job boards: customs are changing

Some job posting boards could become targets of identity thieves, according to the Oct. 19, 2009 issue of the Career News, link here.

It used to be that employers expected to find full home address and phone and employer information. In earlier days, resumes were on paper and circulated by recruiters on fax machines. With the Internet, the possibility of abuse of normally private information comes to the fore. Unscrupulous persons (maybe even unscrupulous employers) could use data brokers to get even more personal information about people they really are not interested in hiring.

Hence, with online job boards, the practice of making identifying information much leaner is developing. A UPS mail box address is one idea, too.

Many experts advocate using a different email for job search responses, in order to further reduce the risk of spam, or that your email will be used in spam spoofing as a fake sender.

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