| 6 safety tips for online job seekers
Before you click on the send button, review the information on your
resume. Are you revealing too much? You can't control who views
your resume, but you can control what the public gets to know about
you. To post your resume safely, hide these details from the public
- Your home address -- You never know if a stalker
might use it. Instead, rent a postal
box close to where you live, suggests Rothberg. Employers won't care if you
don't list a street address -- just that your address is local.
home phone number -- Use a phone number that is unlisted, such as a cell phone
number, says Rothberg. "Otherwise I can go to Google and search for your
home address with your home phone number."
- Your Social
Security number -- This is the gateway to your identity.
date of birth -- This is another key ingredient to your identity.
photo of yourself -- "Never attach a photo unless you're applying for a modeling
or acting position," says Rothberg. There could be a stalker at the new company
who might see it, he says. Plus, employers simply have no use for photos.
marital status or mother's maiden name-- Employers don't need to know.
-- You're putting your friend's and family's names, addresses and phone numbers
out there. Besides endangering them, employers don't need references until after
- Your former employer's company name -- You
can get away with describing the work you did for past employers. Legitimate companies
will still be interested in you and fraudulent companies will know less about
for your computer.
Invest in some good anti-spam and anti-phishing
software, such as Cloudmark's Desktop,
McAfee's Spam Killer
Frontier's Desktop to help filter out future phishing e-mails.
scams -- victim, or not
If you see a suspect ad or e-mail or think
you were a victim of fraud, report the incident to the authorities and the job
board. File a complaint with the IC3,
or with the Federal
Trade Commission. If the scam involves the mail in any way, also alert the
States Postal Service.
You don't have to answer the phone just because it rings. The same goes for e-mails
and job ads with all the right words. Resist the urge to respond to these come-ons
right away and research the company's claims. If anything smells phishy, just
move on. A real job awaits!