How to handle your Resume privacy and avoid Resume risks like Identity theft and Resume misuse

How to handle your Resume privacy and avoid Resume risks like Identity theft and Resume misuse

To ensure you have full control over your Resumes privacy risk likeidentity theft

  • Identity theft based on your Resume information
  • Misuse of your Resume information
  • To detailed Resume information
  • Information risk – To updated Resume information

And consider the information you include in your Resume (that’s another reason for have more than one Resume – see here). Should you include ?

  • Name
  • Full Address
  • Email
  • Twitter, Facebook and other social network information
  • Phone number (land line or mobile)
  • Social security number or central register personal number or similar
  • Tax payer number
  • Password number
  • Picture
  • Mothers Maiden name
  • Drivers’ license number and information
  • Bank account number or the information that you have one

What about:

  • Marital status.
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Religion
  • Professional license number.
  • Gender
  • Age
  • The reason why you left a past employer.

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

  • Who is the recruiter or the company – a real or a fake job
  • Who is the company having the job – a scam ?
  • How are they handling my Resume data
  • What can the use my Resume data for
  • How long time can the keep my data
  • How can I ensure they have updated data over time / always ?

You should also consider the Resume databases you are sending the Resume or when you fill out their form with your Resume data

  • Who is the Resume Database– a real or a fake job
  • Who is the company behind – a scam
  • How are they handling my data
  • What can the use my Resume data for
  • How long time can the keep my data
  • How can I ensure they have updated data over time

When you get a job offer you should still be cautions – first consider if it is a real or fake offer – but also accept to show (avoid copies) more detailed information like:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate

as the company need to ensure you are who you say you are and the company also need to get you registered correctly in the company record.

Always remember – Sounds too good to be true? It probably is. Be careful!