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How to consider which recruiter to send your CV

How to consider which recruiter to send your CV and avoid CV risks like Identity theft, cyberstalking or CV misuse

You should consider whom you are sending an application and a CV or when you fill out their web based application form with your CV data.

what's insideAlways remember the famous short tale by Hans Christian Andersen “The Emperor’s new Clothes” and ensure you know what what’s “inside” the recruiter.

Maybe the picture on the left can inspire you – remember to act on your eventual findings – don’t wait for the “the child” telling you the truth late if ever!

 

  • Who is the recruiter or the company – a real or a fake job

Check for the recruites name – No name of the recruiter mentioned – Forget it

Research the recruiters: Fake recruiters watch for news of company layoffs and often use that to look for potential victims finding names on websites or using company emails.

  • Who is the company having the job

See our example of a scam as is might be the best way to tell you about job scams

  • What information are requested by the recruiter

A recruiter would never ask for the following until very late if ever – and you should consider carefully before you hand over this information (and never give a copy)

  • Social security number or central register personal number or similar
  • Password number
  • Picture
  • Mothers Maiden name

and remember never give any money to a recruiter until you are employed.

  • How are they handling my CV data
  • What can the use my CV data for
  • How long time can the keep my data

All of these questions should be possible for you to answer if you look at the recruiters website for their privacy policies and their terms and conditions. Normally a recruiter would also describe the application and test process.

  • How can I ensure they have updated data over time / always ?

If you use Comoto it is easy as we offer a feature that lets you link information in several CVs easy and fast and you only need to do it once.

The team

 

Comoto – How should you handle CV Privacy versus getting a new Job

Comoto Newsletters

This newsletter is all about how you should handle your CV Privacy versus getting a new Job – what should be considered to avoid risks like identity theft, cyber stalking, scams and other misuse of your CV information.

Last week on the Comoto’s blog we received a complete CV as a blog post with personal data, detailed private information and phone and other private numbers

My first thought was rather negative – but then I started to consider that in a world with more than 200 million unemployed, you might decide to take all risks in the hope of a job and instead I decided to help! Therefore, I have compiled the following advice on how you could handle your privacy issues and on our blog you can find an article with general advice for you to consider – reading more here.

CV privacy
What needs to be done!

As part of your CV Creating, Managing and Optimizing you should always consider which details you should include and/or show in your CVs (in Comoto this is easier, you have detailed control on both). Please read more here, if you should include among other your full address, phone numbers and also how to use a correct email address.

Remember that one of the many strong points on Comoto is the ability to handle both multiple CVs and Web online profiles – therefore, on Comoto you can have different approaches to CVs – CVs with full details, some CVs with limited details and CVs or Resumes with only few private details to be used in the public (web) space. Comoto also makes it possible to control the access to your web profile with a password.

The level of details in a CV can be handled in two different ways on Comoto – You can either make a copy (clone) of your current CV and remove certain parts or you can manage the visibility with on/off switches with the red/green buttons – see the picture

Why should you care about what you show ! Is this important ?

A few statistics and related information on identity theft

It is expected as many as 10 million Americans a year are victims of identity theft. The United States Department of Justice states that in 2010, 7% of all United States households had at least one member of the family at or over the age of 12 who has been a victim of some sort of identity theft. As many other issues this is now spreading all over the world – consider this happened for you! (read more here).

But what can happen if your identity has been stolen!

  • 47% of victims had trouble getting credit or a loan as a result of identity theft
  • 19% of victims had higher credit rates and 16% had higher insurance rates because of identity theft
  • 11% of victims say identity theft has a negative impact on their abilities to get a job
  • 70% of victims have trouble getting rid of (or never get rid of) negative information in their records

You can find out more about identity theft and how to handle it here.

Similar precautions to which information you show in your CVs/Resumes should be considered when you publish or share/send CV information or update your CV/Web profile.

Carefully consider if there are there any information that could harm you or somebody else – read more about the correct levels of details in your CV here and read more about the correct time to update your CV/Resume here

Now you properly have made the appropriate number of CVs – worked with the CV Data and the layout (template) and you are ready to start using the CV – you have taken the correct precautions, considered the proper information for each CV and are ready to share it with everybody in the world – or are you ?

I am afraid there are way too many job scams, fake jobs and bogus recruiters and suspicious CV databases (see our evaluation here) out there you should consider first. I have collected some relevant information and tips for you here

Your Privacy is important for Comoto

Remember, at Comoto we regard our user’s privacy very high and give you numerous options and features to help you handle your CVs/Resumes privacy – like you can have many CVs – for example (and remember the CV Data can be intelligently linked for easy updates). For example

  • One CV without many details that can be broadly used
  • Another CV with more details for X, targeted for a specific job type
  • And one made for your current employers file (to illustrate you can build your CV history/log on Comoto)

You can have many web profiles – for example

  • One or more profiles with very little details for public access – see here what to include and not to include
  • Other CVs with little differences – yes why not have several – each made with a different password

The Comoto CV Manager also ensures your privacy

  • All access to your information in password protected (remember to have a strong password – here)
  • All information on the Comoto CV Manager application is secured (try here)

In the next version – which we are working hard to finish – we will be adding further features for you to be in full control of your CV/Resume privacy and risks involved in the management of your CV/Resume.

Thanks for your time – comments and suggestions will be highly appreciated
Kren, CEO

Privacy – ”You have no privacy. Get over it” – or handle it! (UK tekst)

Privacy – ”You have no privacy. Get over it” – accept it or try to handle it – if that is possible at all!

PrivacyThe above quote from the CEO of Sun in 1999 seems to be more evident than ever – after a week where it was illustrated that Apple is tracking our phone calls and our geolocation – just one week after Facebook was advised to “better protect its users and improve overall security” by Sophos is seems more then relevant to touch this important subject, once again.

In several blog posts I will focus on and describe several privacy issues and especially their effect on your CV’s and job process related risk and behavior – it is as very difficult balance between giving and controlling information, being open or being closed in behavior!

Some of the subjects I will comment is:

  • Public / available information
    How to find the right balance between being found by headhunters on social networks and not show to much information making it possible to misuse the information.
  • Cyberstalking
    Is an increasing problem and often it is easy to find the necessary information in your CV to either harass you or stalk you.
  • Your web history is being tracked with cookies and other smart tools
    Who to seem what and when – what if shared
  • Search engine results
    What can We find out about you if we search you on Google and others – if the information is not the same as in your CV – what is the correct information and how can you – or can’t – change the search impression
  • Social networks
    We all love social networks – the LinkedIn of this world  – but what happens if your network is with the wrong guys ?
  • Fake job offers
    Increasing in numbers trying either to get you to do something you should have avoided or just to get information from you – see my CEO comments here on this matter LINK
  • CV Database scams
    Inventing traffic on the CV Database site or fake interest in you – can make you make the wrong decisions – see my CEO comments here on this subject LINK
  • Spam
    An old friend – still there and stronger than ever!
  • Bacn
    The new recipe – mails from a provider where you accepted – or did not remove the check-mark within the 44 pages standard terms – is increasing and drowning you in mails missing the important one

Please let me know  if I should take similar matters into consideration – feel free to mail us at theteam@140.82.38.88

Du kæmper for at beskytte dine data så pas på dine private data – men dit password er dårligt!

Hvor mange passwords har du ? Pas på dine private data!

pas på dine dataDet ser ud til verden kan deles i to – dem som har 1 password til alt og dem der har 3 passwords. Den sidste gruppe – som faktisk omfattede mig – har et kort for hurtigt og nem adgang, en mellemting og mere sikker for de mere private logins og et tredie kompliceret password til bankkonti og andet vigtigt! Husk – pas på dine private data!

Hvordan kan jeg påstå dette – jo desværre har flere af de seneste store hacks af passwords på Sony og Gawker vist at en masse personer, som var på begge systemer brugte det samme password  – og husk at ingen af de to systemer brugte krypterede passwords –
så personer som arbejdede på disse og lignende systemer kunne se disse passwords. Det skulle være et narturligt krav at passwords er krypterede (på Comoto er dit password krypteret og vi kan ikke se det – vi passer på din privathed).

Hvoor stærkt er dit password ?

pas på dine dataEt stærkt password kunne være 2hCP7quTEufK – det er qwerty12345 ikke. At lave et sådant passwords er ikke nemt, og jeg bruger selv Roboform til at generere og huske mine passwords (jeg bruger Roboform passwordsoftware fordi den håndterer både IE Explorer og  Firefox og på både Mac og Windows samt på telefon og tablet). Hvis du ikke kan lide eller ikke ønsker at benytte passwordsoftware så brug logiske kombinationer sammen med et højt antal karakterer – for eksempel kombinationen af en svært password som 2hCP7qu**** ved at ændre de sidste 4 karakterer med noget, som beskriver den aktuelle side eller anvendelsen – 2hCP7qu**** bliver så 2hCP7qucomo på Comoto.

Du kan teste styrken af dit password her.

Du tænker måske – hvorfor er et password vigtigt på en CV applikation – først og fremmest fordi det er dine data og dine private oplysninger – og har du nogensinde tænkt på hvad der ville ske, hvis en ukendt begyndte at bruge dine data og dit CV bare for at gøre skade på dig – ansøgte et job, ansøgte et job ved din nuværende ansætters værste konkurent …. jeg vil overlade det til dig selv at tænke videre – eller brug tiden til at få dig den rette password strategi.

Do you need a fast CV or the right CV? (UK tekst)

Do you need a fast CV or the right CV?

Need a fast CV now or a well considered and specific targeted for that one particular job you want! – by the way this is what we call a Comoto CV clone.

Seeking a new job is not just about sending the usual and standard CV you made ages ago – most of the time it requires an evaluation and maybe a Curriculum Vitae created/build especially for that particular job opening.

Sometimes you just need a fast CV, here and now because you have been contacted by a recruiter or found a job opening through your network – with Comoto it is a matter of seconds to send one of your CV’s (and if you don’t have one yet you can import it from LinkedIn or Europass in less than 32 seconds our latest tests shows).

But as mentioned most of the time you have enough time to consider and prepare the optimal strategy for the application and accompanying CV – what is important for you in the job, why are you the perfect candidate, which are the skills needed, which are the skills to emphasise – are some of the questions to ask yourself. Use an existing Comoto CV to create a clone (our word for a copy as you copy sorry clone everything – not just the text but also the structure, etc.) change and add to ensure all the considerations you have made in advance are covered – save and test several templates – which designs fits you and the situations best (if none send us your ideas) – before you pick the optimal one.

Impeccable reputation – Mine is! – but what about my social network!

Impeccable reputation – Mine is! – but what about my social network!

But the guys in my social network might not be likewise!

impeccable reputationsHave you ever considered making a comparative link between your CV and the connecting thread of your strong skills and your objective description and the people in your social network?

Have you ever considered how a third party would look at your network – it could be as harmless as your friends showing a pictures  of you or friends who have radical or bizarre viewpoints (depending on the eye of the beholder) – would this be interpreted as negative with respect to a particular job?

To avoid any unwanted negative consequence, it would be recommended to look at your social network on a regular basis or ask somebody to take a look as if he/she was a third party looking at your profile.

The obvious alternative would be to have several profiles with a nickname for the fun parts and a serious one with your real name – but this would in many social networks be a violation of the Terms of Use – for example at Facebook “Maintaining multiple accounts, regardless of the purpose, is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Use”.

Therefore, sometimes it is better to think before you act.

Differences between CV templates, example, design and sample used in relation to a CV (UK tekst)

Differences between CV templates, example, design and sample used in relation to a CV (UK tekst)

CV template

CV templates

What are the differences within using the terms CV templates, Sample, Example and Design, when working with your CV – and what are actually your needs?

Have you ever considered what the differences are when using these terms, because these terms are used differently and might create a lot of confusion and misunderstanding. Have you decided how you will use them and how they fit into to your vocabulary?

To give you some inspiration we will try to describe how we see the differences between the terms in the following article.

Comoto has a clear distinction between the terms and their functionality.

CV Templates

A  template is a fixed format for your CV to present your data within a certain structure.

The advantage is that you don’t have to change any data to see or use another Template – just change the Template with a few clicks and see the effect.

Actually in Comoto the phrase “fixed format” would be wrong as we gives you the option to save Word format and change the final version as you like. This can be useful especially for page formatting and minor changes.

At Comoto we give you access to download our templates for free if you prefer to use them manually, but we strongly believe that you soon learn the advantage of using our builder instead – just a few clicks and you have created a new CV with your already existing CV data.

Example – the text

We use the term Example to describe a CV with texts describing actual jobs, experiences, objectives and professional summaries. Often without any thoughts of presentation. We have also examples here of text you should consider or not consider.

An example could also be an example on a specific job type for instance a salesperson example and how it is valid to write a CV for these types of jobs. We do not show live examples containing actual candidates data (but you can find them if they are made public by the owner).

Sample – the outcome

We use the term Sample to describe an illustration of how a CV could look like – i.e. how it would be presented to the receiver. This is typically with dummy content so no real content just the design and structure  showed to you with dummy content.

For example we have small sample pictures illustrating all our templates and designs, that would be called samples by us.

Design – the graphical parts

The Design of a CV is the term for the presentation format for your data. At Comoto we give you the option to either leave out or add graphics to pinpoint your strength, your belief or interest – or simply an option to make the CV more personal and compelling to look at.

The advantage of having your Data separated from the Template and Design is that you don’t have to change any data to see or use another template – just choose another template to see how it looks, and remember exporting your data to another template only takes a couple of seconds and can be done with “one” click by you mouse.

Hope this has given you and idea on how we see the differences between Templates, Samples, Designs and Examples.

Contacted by a headhunter and need a fast CV or a full CV?

CEO comments –  Have you been contacted by a headhunter/recruiter and need a fast CV or a full CV?

fast cvHave you been contacted by a headhunter? Need a fast CV or a full CV?  Comoto can create one in 32 secs. Read about the differences between Comoto and LinkedIn.

We have been asked several times about the difference between LinkedIn and Comoto. Comoto is a CV builder and your personal CV database and LinkedIn is a relationship database so from our perspective the difference is clear – in particular if you wants to separate between building a network and getting a job.

Differences:

  • The relationship network (LinkedIn) is based on people and people interconnections. Your CV  illustrates your personal background and achievements.
  • Profile versus a full CV. Get judged by a the full CV you can create in
    Comoto, instead of the public profile in LinkedIn
  • One profile versus many CV’s – target each CV for that particular job by using the
    unique multiple CV feature in Comoto
  • Profile in English versus many different CV’s in whatever language you want

Similarities:

  • The facts – Always remember to ensure facts are the same. Short in LinkedIn –
    detailed and precise in your Comoto CV.

As Comoto works closely with your LinkedIn profile it is easy to ensure the data consistency – and the same feature makes is fast to create your first Comoto CV or update a Comoto CV.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CVs – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Ambitious CV, Party Animal on Facebook!

Ambitious CV, Party Animal on Facebook!

Ambitious CVMy ambitious CV depicts me as an ambitious leader and I always know how to behave correctly but on Facebook I am a Party Animal! Beware, the inconsistent information or signals can be an issue!

In the world of fast data exchange and social network your history and presence might
not be neither consistent nor showing the person you might be trying to show in your CV.

I am not saying you should avoid to use social networks and the like – just be aware
that the information about you might not be consistent or underestood by a recruiter
as you had expected, hereby raising an issue that moves you away from the top
spot and the dream job!

Therefore be consistent and use Social media wisely!

It can be difficult to remove information after they have been published – deleting, changing might be possible else pausing or deleting a profile might be necessary if it is possible or even an option. The last option is to drown the unwanted information – lots of new pictures and text depicting you as a different person, as the Recruiter seldom reads all availbale information about you.

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private).

Your use of the internet is being followed – also on a CV database ! (UK tekst)

CEO comments –  your use of the internet is being followed – also on a CV database!

cv databaseSting’s famous song lyrics from 1983 is as actually as ever !

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take

as an illustration of what happens when you use the Internet. Cookies, flash etc. collects and records every step and click you make to ensure the site-owners knowledge about you and your peers.

Is this good or bad – all depends on how the data eventually is used – it can
actually be nice to be recognized – for example to start on the same page you left
earlier – but it can also be misused either to pinpoint information and/or adds
to you.

If you combine the information trail you leave behind and the info
in your CV / Resume it would actually be a lot of private information that
could be of harm to you (or great benefit for a guy trying to sell you
something).

What can you do to avoid it – The latest versions of browser either have features
or add in’s that lets you turn of cookies and similar website user data registration tools.

Can you completely avoid it – hardly !

The EU rules for cookies seems difficult to Implement by the member countries and
is delayed. Other new features not covered In full by the EU rules is evolving
– in particular your web fingerprint seems to give even more information to
site ownership.

The web fingerprint is the almost unique combination of information about you (your
browser, computer, etc.) making it possible to know when you return.

Be aware out there and remember the words…..

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take

Cyberstalking – a new trend or? (UK tekst)

Cyberstalking a new trend or?

Cyberstalking –  is that a new fitness trend to loose weight, a new Hollywood movie or something you should know and have the proper precautions against !

Maybe cyberstalking sounds interesting and nothing you think of as a factor you should need to consider in your day to day use of computers and the Internet.

First – a definition: Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass. Harass means when the possession of information is sufficient to cause or have caused another reasonable person distress.

I believe most of us have tried to receive a subscription or other stuff we never ordered just because somebody felt it was either a good joke or a necessary annoyance they wanted to put on us – but what if it takes another and much more serious character and really becomes a problem for you. Our authorities and our legal systems seems to be one step behind the people trying to gain something out off cyberstalking. With regards to how to handle both the technology and methods used you should consider how to avoid or limit the threat.

Therefore with regards to your CV you should consider how the behave and how any of your information can be misused

  • First and foremost – never ever show personal identification numbers, bank information and the like – seems obvious but have you never mailed that information? In Denmark we have a personal number combined of our birthday and some other digits and often it is needed to send to someone in an mail. I have made it a habit only to send the first digits and in a call informing the receiver about the other numbers.
  • Should you show your full address – often it is needed and can be found if needed. I don’t think you can avoid it being found but at least make it more difficult and not easily read by a simple scraper or another type of a computer automatized system searching for full information about a person.
  • Should you show your email address – again often it is needed and can be found if needed. I don’t think you should avoid it being found but at least make it more difficult to read automatically. Why not show your email address as a small graphic file or without the @ (type [at] instead).
  • Use the same line of thoughts – should the information be public, limited to a defined group or made password protected or not shown at all (hereby I hope you can see another use of the Comoto multiple CV and multiple profile (protected or not) features.

One of the most often used information to harass you with is when somebody is spreading false accusations or are encouraging others to harass you maybe after having attempted to gather information about you – consider the situation that somebody at work wants the promotion so badly they are digging for dirt about you – not only the drunk picture at Facebook can do you harm (maybe it is funny among your colleagues but the boss thinks differently), a search on the Internet shows different CV stating titles / responsibilities in the past – just consider the examples and take the necessary precautions and for the time proper precautions is all I suggest because it is a question about finding the right balance and neither be too risky or live in a technological solitude.

Carefully consider the CV information you write in your CV! (UK tekst)

Carefully consider the CV information you write in your CV!

Your just updated your CV or profile and made these changes public – but is the CV information you write in there already made public ? – or have you just blown your company’s big secret !

Consider these constructed examples

  • You have just been appointed head of Coca Cola’s new beer division; or
  • You been appointed to the group working on the launch of Apple’s new Windows 7 computer

just imagine which impact that would have if you just just added this new position to your curriculum vitae or profile before it was public information!

Maybe theoretical examples but there are many examples of people putting nonpublic information in their public CV or social network profile. Lately it was one of the top guy’s in HP that made this mistake. But you company might not the amongst the biggest companies in the world. But revealing non public information can harm every company if you make it public.

Latest real life Example:
May 3 2011 – VP of cloud services Scott McClellan updated his LinkedIn profile with different details on HP’s development and strategy in regards to Cloud Services. The Register published it before McClellan was able to pull it back and suddenly the news was out. All people now know that HP is working on a competitive solution to Microsoft Azure Platform, which they agreed to support last year.

Therefore – please not only consider if you want to make your CV public but also consider what you actually write in it!


How can I make the right decision in regards to my privacy! (UK tekst)

How can I make the right decision between having my full information made public, limited access or no access – some of the privacy factors to consider!

privacy

Finding the right balance between having detailed information public available on the net or not – taking the benefits and risks into consideration should involve several factors

  • The proper balance depends on your situation / wishes and will change over time and should be flexible and easy to change
    Make it easy to change between being public and not – ensure you can change accessibility or can delete / pause your presence at every CV database or Profile network you use
  • The level of details should also be taken into consideration and be part of your planning
    What is  the purpose – relationship building, personal branding, experience marketing or job searching.  There are different sites and or tools for each purpose – one size does fit it all!
  • The freshness and correctness in the information should be considered carefully – to make it manageable
    Besides relevant for your purpose, remember the more detailed you get, the more difficult it is to update and to ensure consistency in the data – ignoring  this can have a substantial consequence as a serious reader would pick the next candidate,  if the information creates more confusion.
  • The general risk for any harassment’s from public information should be considered thoroughly
    Need to show your full address ?
    Need to show phone (all) numbers ?

Please do have in mind that if your CV information is public it will indexed by search engines and can also be found by any spammer. It would be rather simple not to show your email or obscure it by writing it as name[at]domain[dot]com or to show your name and email as a graphic file instead of text, these  just to mention a few easy steps. Same principles applies for text formats – does it need to be as an editable text– or could it for instance  be a non-editable PDF document?

I would also recommend some sort of read analysis – does anybody actually read the information – if not why not just close it down or change  – and remember to update or change the text on a regular basis as it would drive more attention towards that specific document.

When developing Comoto it was evident for us that we had to make it possible for you to have several CV’s and give you the control if they should be either public or password protected – thus  giving you not only full control of accessibility but also over the level of details  – and we also make it easy for you to ensure consistency in your data with our inheritance of data from one CV to another CV.

How to Use: Make a clone CV copy of your CV to test alternative wordings

How to Use: Make a clone CV copy of your CV to test alternative wording

CV copy

Comoto’s clone is a great feature to test alternative wordings before picking the optimal version of your CV and cover letter  – it is like having track changes on steroids.

Just like you can test different CV Template designs with a few clicks in Comoto you can also save any CV and then clone them (make a CV copy) to as many CV’s versions as you want. This is done for you to alter each of them individually to see which text and/or structure is the best wording for this specific CV.

Having different but still full versions to look at gives you a complete overview at all times and if you want to test a new version just clone it again and make the changes in the clone (this way you still have the old version to revert to). In this way you are ensuring you have the optimal tool for building the optimal CV for that particular job.

I hope that you will find this cloning/copying CV feature beneficial for you compared to using your word processor software – this is only one of the many features you have for free in Comoto. This features and other like our backup, privacy control features and other to are added to make you take full control of your CV building efforts.