How to handle your CV privacy and avoid CV risks like Identity theft, cyberstalking or CV misuse

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

To ensure you have full control over your CVs risk likeidentity theft

Our thoughts on privacy – read here

And consider the information you include in your CVs (Remember on Comoto you multiple CVs – this is another reason for having more than one CV – see here).

Should you include – remember to make this evaluation for each CV based on purpose and receiver?

  • 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 CV or when you fill out their web based application form with your CV 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 CV data
  • What can the use my CV 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 CV databases you are sending the CV or when you fill out their form with your CV data

  • Who is the CV 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 CV 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!

The Team

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It’s all over the news that Armstrong lied – but actually 46 % CV lies or false information in their CV/Resume a recent study shows!

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Lance Armstrong lied do you? – NO…
It’s all over the news that Armstrong lied – but actually 46% have lies or false information in their CV/Resume a recent study shows. Read below on how not to be regarded as a liar in your CV/Resume! Lance Armstrong’s many years of lying have put focus on lies as well as incorrect information from famous people once again. Quite similar to the focus the now former CEO of Yahoo had when he lied in in his CV some time ago – (see here).

Study shows 46% “errors” in CV/Resume.
As mentioned, a recent study showed that 46% of the CVs/Resumes submitted by job applicants contained some kind of false information. It also showed that 21% state fraudulent degrees, 29% have altered wrong employment dates, 40% have inflated their current salary terms, 33% are using inaccurate job descriptions and 27% used false references. At Comoto, we are surprised but not chocked as other surveys and studies have shown similar levels of fraudulent behavior. Actually, I still remember that one fact from a UK study that really surprised me – that the female rate of whom that use fraudulent information is higher than male!

Anonymous Survey
With these high percentages it would be interesting with further studies of this – including one missing though important factor that to needs be measured: the rate of applicants whom by purpose omit important but negative facts or information. Therefore, we would like to survey our users in general (anonymously off course) about lies in their CVs/Resumes and for this purpose we have constructed a small survey – please attend the survey here: http://comoto.questionpro.com

Comoto can help
At Comoto we believe in keeping the truth and do whatever we can to reduce this bad behavior – and remember when fraudulent behavior is discovered in a CV/Resume it normally results in very serious consequences for the person – one example is the – yes, now former – CEO of Yahoo – an outcome which everybody who is taking the easy road should consider as well as the implications for his/her further career, if any further career. For an employer it is equally bad and the consequences on the employer’s professionalism, brand and ethical standards can be widespread therefore every employer should do their homework and for example check references and documentations. For you as an applicant there is not anything more annoying than losing in a job process for that a particular job to someone you later learned was dishonest!

Guide to a better CV/Resume
At Comoto, we believe that keeping some of our overall guiding principles helps always help finding the right person (and right for both the application and the company) – for example

  • Have a full CV/Resume not just a public profile to ensure a detailed precise evaluation basis

A applicant is it important to make sure you don’t send the wrong signals hereby increasing the likelihood that somebody reading your CV/Resume regards you as omitting false information or worse (lying!)

  • Make sure your CV/Resume always is fully updated (easy on Comoto for now and in the new version we kick a…)
  • Make sure your CV/Resume and other public information is consistent – it is OK with differences in level of details (use a remark). Another reason for not only having one but having several CVs/Resumes (and intelligent linked data like on Comoto)
  • Try searching yourself and read it together with your CV/Resume with the eyes of a recruiter – any red lights or can any text be misunderstood?

Verification Feature
Comoto launched the CV/Resume verification feature (see here) to offer our users tools for improving their CV/Resume quality hereby helping our users in getting that particular job they want.Comoto Verify

The verification system can be found on the page for your Web-profile in the Comoto CV Manager (see here)

The principle behind the CV/Resume verification tools is that you can ask a former boss or colleague to verify (confirm) that the particular text you use in your CV/Resume for a past job, education or…is correct also in their opinion. An example is shown to the left.

Comoto VerifyYour CV/Resume – in your public/password protected Web-profile will then show, that this information has been verified by a specific person.

You manage the verification and decide if you want to show the verification on your public or password protected Web-profile.

 

 

 

 

 

Comoto VerifyIf you choose so it can be seen publicly on your Web-profile like the example to the right.

If you want to read more about the verification feature here or if you want to test it on your CV/Resume log in here and go to your Web-profile.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your time – comments and suggestions will be appreciated

Kren, CEO

CV/Resume Study:
As mentioned, a recent study showed that 46% of the CV/Resumes submitted by job applicants contained some kind of false information. If you want further details on the recent study – go here.

Honesty is a virtue
Earlier as part of our CV Funny blog we have shown an example of full details in a CV/Resume – it is rather
funny – go here

How to Use: The CV Recommendations feature – Comoto CV Commenting System

The Comoto CV Commenting systems CV Recommendations feature – Principles behind and background for the CV Recommendations feature:

As part of the overall quality system of our CV system but also for you to increase the quality of your CVs we also have added a recommendations feature. Hereby you can ask relevant piers to support you. Want to learn how to use the Recommendations feature.

Want to learn how to use the Recommendations feature – read below

How to use CV Recommendations feature:

First log in to the Comoto CV Manager application here

To be able to use the Comoto CV Recommendations feature you need to have created a least one CV. You will then have to go to your web profiles like shown below.

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

 

(The name on the CV / Web profiles) shown in bottom of the picture above is not the same on yours as it will show the names you chosen for the CV).

Notice the little red square at the right bottom corner of the picture – here you can decide if the Web profile is public or private (to have the Web profile password protected or not use the icon – red = protected – green public)) – want to learn more read here.

Next step is to press the Web profile to open it – you do that by clicking the web profile and wait for it to open. Then evaluate the web profile – is it ready for Recommendations?

Look at the right for the Comoto CV Commenting System. See example below (when logged in as a Comoto user)

CV comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving a CV Recommendations

Now I change to be acting as if I was another person asked for Recommendations to Michaels CV (actually a web profile labelled “CV Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum”).

Michael invited me by mail / sms / skype or similar and sent me the Web profile link – here  (fell free to try and add a verification).

I then have (as the Recommendator) to log in – there is several different options

Login_commenting_System_verPress Log in if you are a registered user else you can use several alternatives among others Facebook and Twitter (remember the purpose is only to identify you and to inform you about the Recommendations should it be used by another person in your name)

I then logged in (as I have a log in I used the log in)

 

 

I have made the following CV Recommendations feature (see picture below – Recommendations works like wise)

Comoto Verify

Comoto Commenting system

Comoto then send me (my name here is Test) the following mail

“Hi test Test!

Thank you for leaving a CV Recommendations on Lorem Ipsum CV at Comoto. This helps the person get better quality in his/her CV.

You left the 1/22/2013 on this CV http://app.comoto.com/cv/Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum and if accepted by the user it will be seen on this profile in the future… Best regards The team“

Michael receives this mail

“Hello, Michael!

Kren Nielsen, Comoto added a CV Recommendations to your Lorem Ipsum (mother and parent CV) resume.

You can check it at the Web Profile page on app.comoto.com.

With best wishes,

The Comoto Team“

Checking a Recommendation

You remembered this picture from above before I made the test CV Recommendation

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

Now look here (below)

CCS_Web_profiles_with_comments

Notice the  CCS_number_of_post – now I have 3 comments and 1 verification – the click the 1 number and you will be able to see the CV Recommendations as shown on the picture below (only show the first of the 3). Notice CCS_Icon_types  – the darker third icon illustrates there is Verify comments as well.

Comoto Verification

If you press the little black > in the Recommendations like above it will show all details (see below)

Comoto Verify

If you press Show you can turn the Recommendations showing on and off in your relevant web profile – if Show is marked you can under” Feedback on my CV” see the number of Comments (2) – see further below.

Notice – Here you can also send a fast comment or even ask for changes if you don’t like the word (it will be sent to the email received (if any) depending of the log in / authentication method)

Comoto Verification

Back to the CV Recommendations feature on the web profile (public if set as public – remember to consider that for received comments) !

CCS_Comment_webprofile

And if you press Recommendations you can see them in further details as shown below

Comoto Verification

That’s all !

Now you are ready to get CV Recommendations and use the CV Recommendations feature – and feel free to test Recommendations on the system with the team’s profile as suggested above or send us your comments by mail.

Read more about the other features in The Comoto CV Commenting System

How to Use: The CV Reference feature – Comoto CV Commenting System

The Comoto CV Commenting systems CV Reference feature – Principle behind and background for the CV Reference feature:

As part of the overall quality system of our CV system but also for you to increase the quality of your CVs we also have added a recommendations and reference feature. Hereby you can ask relevant piers to support you. Want to learn how to use the Reference feature.

Want to learn how to use the Reference feature – read below

How to use CV Reference feature:

First log in to the Comoto CV Manager application here

To be able to use the Comoto CV Reference feature you need to have created a least one CV. You will then have to go to your web profiles like shown below.

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

 

(The name on the CV / Web profiles) shown in bottom of the picture above is not the same on yours as it will show the names you chosen for the CV).

Notice the little red square at the right bottom corner of the picture – here you can decide if the Web profile is public or private (to have the Web profile password protected or not use the icon – red = protected – green public)) – want to learn more read here.

Next step is to press the Web profile to open it – you do that by clicking the web profile and wait for it to open. Then evaluate the web profile – is it ready for comments?

Look at the right for the Comoto CV Commenting System. See example below (when logged in as a Comoto user)

CV comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving a CV Reference

Now I change to be acting as if I was another person asked for Verifying Michaels CV (actually a web profile labelled “CV Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum”).

Michael invited me by mail / sms / skype or similar and sent me the Web profile link – here  (fell free to try and add a verification).

I then have (as the reference) to log in – there is several different options

Login_commenting_System_verPress Log in if you are a registered user else you can use several alternatives among others Facebook and Twitter (remember the purpose is only to identify you and to inform you about the comment should it be used by another person in your name)

I then logged in (as I have a log in I used the log in)

 

 

I have made the following CV Reference feature (see picture below – Reference works like wize)

Comoto Verify

Comoto Commenting system

Comoto then send me (my name here is Test) the following mail

“Hi test Test!

Thank you for leaving a CV Reference on Lorem Ipsum CV at Comoto. This helps the person get better quality in his/her CV.

You left the 1/22/2013 on this CV http://app.comoto.com/cv/Comoto Examples/A Comoto example – Lorem Ipsum and if accepted by the user it will be seen on this profile in the future… Best regards The team“

Michael receives this mail

“Hello, Michael!

Kren Nielsen, Comoto added a CV Reference to your Lorem Ipsum (mother and parent CV) resume.

You can check it at the Web Profile page on app.comoto.com.

With best wishes,

The Comoto Team“

Checking a comment

You remembered this picture from above before I made the test CV Reference

CCS_Web_profiles

 

 

 

 

Now look here (below)

CCS_Web_profiles_with_comments

Notice the  CCS_number_of_post – now I have 3 comments and 1 verification – the click the 1 number and you will be able to see the CV Reference as shown on the picture below (only show the first of the 3). Notice CCS_Icon_types  – the darker third icon illustrates there is Verify comments as well.

Comoto Verification

If you press the little black > in the verification like above it will show all details (see below)

Comoto Verify

If you press Show you can turn the verifcation showing on and off in your relevant web profile – if Show is marked you can under” Feedback on my CV” see the number of Comments (2) – see further below.

Notice – Here you can also send a fast comment or even ask for changes if you don’t like the word (it will be sent to the email received (if any) depending of the log in / authentication method)

Comoto Verification

Back to the CV Reference feature on the web profile (public if set as public – remember to consider that for received comments) !

CCS_Comment_webprofile

And if you press References you can see them in further details as shown below

Comoto Verification

That’s all !

Now you are ready to get CV References and use the CV Reference feature – and feel free to test References on the system with the team’s profile as suggested above or send us your comments by mail.

Read more about the other features in The Comoto CV Commenting System

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Privacy – ”You have no privacy. Get over it” – or handle it!

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 CVs 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

Comoto CV Funny Friday: Honesty is a virtue but this CV is…

Honesty is the virtue of refusing to fake the facts of reality – Comoto CV Funny Friday

In some of our Comoto CV Funny Friday posts, we state the importance of not lying and being honest all the way through the recruitment process. We still think this, and we have seen a lot of CVs or Resumes and but the ad below is taking the first-prize in honesty. But again how would you explain a 10 year gap in your CV, that would be a bit hard to explain and still being honest.

It is admirable the honesty and the straight forward way to explain this, and we really hope that the person behind this ad, has found a position so that he/she can take care of his family and get a good life.

It was posted in the Canadian newspaper, Toronto Financials in Feb, 2001.


Comoto CV FunnyFormer Marijuana Smuggler
Having successfully completed a ten year sentence, incident-free, for  importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States. I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family.

Business Experience:
Owned and operated a successful fishing business- multi-vessel, one airplane, one island and processing facility. Simultaneously owned and operated a fleet of tractor-trailer trucks conducting business in the western United States. During this time i also co-owned and participated in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a successful pot smuggling venture with revenues in excess of US$100 million annually. I took responsibility for my own actions, and received a ten year sentence in the United States while others walked free for their cooperation.

Attributes:
I am an expert in all levels of security; i have extensive computer skills, am personable, outgoing, well-educated, reliable, clean and sober. I have spoken in schools to thousands of kids and parent groups over the past ten years on “the consequence of choice”, and received public recognition from the RCMP for community service. I am well-traveled and speak English, French and Spanish. References available from friends, family, the US District Attorney, etc.

Please direct replies to
Box 37, National Post, Classified
1450 Don Mills, ON M3B 3R5


CV databases system often irritates me – also you?

CV databases system often irritate me – also you?

I have to say I am sorry for the person, who actively wants to search for a job – it is an extremely tedious process!

Comoto will offer solutions to reduce this tediousness – making it faster and easier for you to send in the information – but unfortunately we can’t do anything with all the unnecessary questions and requests for information you are being asked to answer or deliver.

As an example – In our region of the world we have a very popular CV database / Job Application system that asks if you have a particular youngster driver license for a moped (required for those between 16 and 18). This question is asked independent of your age or other driver’s licenses. Why not start with the most common option and ONLY if it makes sense then ask the additional questions.

It would also be simple to add some links between your job interests or actual job position – and add some intelligent links between your age and educational level to ensure you get asked the right question and thus having a smooth experience using these CV database / Job Application systems.

But this seems not to be the case – therefore we need to add these data request to Comoto for you to be able to feed / forward / link the data to your favourite CV or resume databases.

This example is just one illustration of the lack of intelligence in the systems but sometimes also the people behind these systems could also be better in their planning and prioritization of data request instead of having a system that must fit everybody – i.e. questions asked for particular industries needs to be answered by all users (or actually not answered).

I look forward to present in details some of our forthcoming solutions in making Comoto the central place for your CV management – as we wants Comoto to be the best CV Builder / Creator and CV Manager for you.

How to find time to create CV and search job? Optimise your job search process.

find time CVHow to find time to handle your job search process to get that perfect new job

Finding time when in job (if not also see here) to search for and get your next job can actually be rather difficult – because when you have decided that it is time to make a change in your job or have decided to test if you can make the next step in your career it is important to plan and consider the rationale behind you decision – things that unfortunately takes time – therefore choose a tool that strengthen your process and optimise your job search process.

At comoto.com we try not only to make it as easy and fast as possible for you to create a CV but also to be on top of your job searching process. We also believe a successful job searching process should be a positive experience and reduce the time you waste on tedious actions and repetitions again and again.

Usually starting the job searching process would be updating your CV at some of the CV databases you know. I suggest a different approach – take control and learn and improve and make it into a process instead of a onetime action – but that is not supported by any CV database I know of.

  • Start the planning by preparing all your documents and consider the references needed
  • Create a CV on comoto.com (you can make a quick start by importing your linkedin profile)
  • Find some relevant jobs (could even be some old job offers) – consider which skillset that would be important and think how it would be matched by your experience.
  • Consider the rationale behind you job change wish – how can you illustrate that in your CV – skillset and/or experiences
  • Reevaluate the CV and add or change the wording if needed by pushing the Edit button to build you Base CV
  • Build some additional CV’s changing the wording for you to consider the best version
  • Create some different version of your CV by choosing some of our templates and ask some people knowing you well to comments (a new feature will be added soon to help you here at comoto.com)

Based on the comments received you are ready to target your CV for each job you wants to apply – and hopefully understand this is an ongoing process with changes each time – and comoto.com supports this and ensure you stay on top.

Are we the only one recommending multiple and targeted CV’s – no – not at all!

For example in Financial Times you can read the following quote from CEO Maggie Berry from http://www.womenintechnology.co.uk

“You need to tailor each CV to the job you’re applying for. I would work my way through the job specification and make sure that each one is reflected in the CV.”

“Most candidates have just the one CV that they fire off to every employer.”

“But please don’t do that. I know some applicants say they tailor their application in the covering letter – but that might not reach the manager.“


CV Inconsistencies between Google and your CV!

Be aware of any CV inconsistencies between Google and your CV!

CV Inconsistencies Well, is it a lie or is it a mistake when your CV is not consistent with easy search able information? The judge of that I think will be the recruiter not you!

Have you ever considered checking your CV
data and other information – which can be found within seconds on the Internet – and compare that to your CV data. It can be titles, responsibilities, task carried out or exams that you state but a search engine source shows differently hereby pinpointing a potential conflict or breach in
data consistence.

At some time during a hiring process either the recruiter or your potential new colleagues might do some checking or preparing before meeting you, and your CV can be completely correct as the search information might be outdated but when it happens the doubt have been raised and they might as a consequence prefer another candidate.

The best idea would be to do the same tests yourself – and remember not only on Google, also test some of the other search engines as well as industry specific pages and other relevant sources.

Remember to search as if you were a headhunter – it might be that the job and title you claim you have is also shown by somebody else – and make other similar logical tests.

If you find some information you would like to have corrected or deleted which I doubt you can – but it might be worth a try – then the second best thing you can do is to be prepared and have a good and reliable explanation to the inconsistency in the information.

The Comoto Team

 

Comoto CV funny Friday: “Twatif” we were restricted to 140 characters….

Comoto CV funny Friday: “Twatif” we were restricted to tweets of 140 characters….

Comoto on twitter – see our tweets on here on the website or on @comotocom or from our CEO at @comoto

Comoto CV funny Friday: What if you were restricted by 140 character sentences in real life, then you would  constantly being forced to stop in the middle of a word or sentence before being able to complete what you were trying to say.

The  people at FromBogotaWithLove have made a hilarious video to demonstrate the consequences. It is just super, well for the faint hearten it should be mentioned that there is some explicit language being used in this video.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezkxxpwPvic

Have a Funny Friday and nice weekend, and until next week we hope for the best.

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 or Resume, 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 or Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV or Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple CV’s or multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a CV or Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.


The relationship between Comoto and LinkedIn

The relationship between Comoto and Linkedin

How can I talk about the relationship to a relationship database like LinkedIn or Xing or Viadeo. At Comoto we are strong believers in relationship databases for their unique purpose and big fans of LinkedIn – their services help you to build relationships and keep in contact with important people in your business.

And yes they are also perfect to build relationships with or to be seen by headhunters – remember a relationship database work perfect as a place where you can illustrate your experiences without having the problems of your current employer being annoyed for being public, as if everybody could find you in a CV database (we will revert with more about this another day).

Ensure there is a match between your profile and your CV – Comoto ensures this because we can create your CV from your LinkedIn profile

We have been asked the same question many times – Is Comoto a LinkedIn hack – Comoto is not a hack, tweak or similar neither are we hacking or tweaking LinkedIn information. The Comoto technology build your curriculum vitae based on our use of the LinkedIn API. Another popular question is export to LinkedIn – unfortunately we cannot (yet) export to LinkedIn (remember to copy or paste data from Comoto is easy). By the way – we would like to launch similar features for other relationship databases like Xing and Viadeo but they dont have an API yet.

Ensure you are evaluated on your full CV and not just your relationship profile

How many times have you been contacted by headhunters or others because they have seen what you have done in the past as described in your profile – when you should be evaluated on what you are doing now or maybe even what you want to do in the future !

That is why you need a full CV to show and present your current and future potential – in full !

Actually you don’t need a full CV – you need several full CV’s – pinpointed for specific job or roles – and maintain your full control over you CV versions to ensure your privacy. Use Comoto’s unique multiple CV feature for that – create a CV specific for a job or a type of jobs – or different language versions – or have a short, basic, long version of your CV.

You fight to protect your data and take care of privacy – but your password stinks!

How many passwords do you have ? Take care of privacy!

take care of privaciesIt seems that the world can be divided into two – those of us who have 1 password for everything and those of us who have 3 passwords. The later – which actually used to include me – have a short one for fast access, a in-between and thus more protective password for those more private logins and a third and complicated password for the bank accounts and other important stuff ! Remember to take care of privacy!

How can I make that postulate – unfortunately some at the large hacks of password at Sony and Gawker showed that a lot of the people using both systems used the same
password – and please notice that the passwords on these systems were not encrypted –
anybody working at these sites or at similar sites could actually see the
password. It should be an unspoken requirement that passwords are encrypted (at
Comoto your password is encrypted and we cannot see it – we take care of your
privacy).

How strong is your password ?

A strong password would for instance be 2hCP7quTEufK – where qwerty12345 is not. Making passwords like that is not always easy and I have personally started to use Roboform to generate and remember my passwords (I choose Roboform password software because it works in my IE Explorer and Firefox and both on Mac and Windows as well as my phone and my tablet). If you don’t like or dont trust password software then start using some logical combining and higher numbers of characters – for example combing a complicated password 2hCP7qu**** by changing the last 4 characters with something related to the site or use – 2hCP7qu**** becomes 2hCP7qucomo at Comoto.

You can test the strenght of your password here.

You might wonder – why a password is important on a CV builder and CV databases – first and foremost because it is your data and privacy – but have you ever considered
what could happens if somebody you didn’t know, started using your data and CV just to harm you  – applying for a job in general, mailed an application to your
current employer’s worst competitor or…. I will leave it up to you to think about
other nasty examples – or use the time instead to make sure you have a proper
password strategy.

I have just found the perfect job!!

I have just found the perfect job

– and spent time on an application – but the dream job was a fake just to attract attention to a CV or Job database!

perfect jobIn the last couple of weeks I have illustrated some of the dirty tricks and issues with
CV’s and the job process and I have with examples illustrated that candidates,
companies and also the CV database providers can have doubtful behaviors !

This week I will continue to illustrate misconduct from CV database owners – the subject for this week is an example from our home country as a large recruiting company
here had guidelines that each of their departments should have at least 25 job offers – and if they did not have enough actual jobs they should simply invent some fake jobs!

Regrettably – this example is not the only example but seldom have the misconduct been as clear a part of the corporate guidelines – it seems to be an often used practice for some headhunters, CV database providers and even companies  to show they are successfull.

To avoid any doubt this is illegal in Denmark and will be prosecuted should anyone get any smart ideas!

How can you avoid being misused by a fake job provider – sorry to say but you can’t – but if you believe it might be the case for an interesting job wait a few days before applying or call the provider to check – and hereby you also might get additional information – as the provider often will not spend time explaining anything to you if the job is a fake.

Remember, if you as a candidate applied for a fake job you will often be told – sorry but you are not relevant for that job – but remember to add your CV to our database – and apply again as your background is relevant for these types of jobs. Hereby you are not only wasting time but also get the wrong advice, you might also believe you wrongly have had a chance for getting a particular job or that particular type of job is available . Unfortunately if neither of these facts are correct as you might be taking erroneous decisions for your  future career!

I really hope you will not encounter a “fake job” and if you do, that you will discover in time and save the extra work that it brings with no result at all.

Take control of your CV’s – Comoto allows you to control your CV privacy

cv privacyTake control of your CV and the privacy surrounding this. You control if you want your CV to be private or public or only shared with invited people.

You have several different ways you can control your CV. You can make it available:

  • for you only (private)
  • public available (for all)
  • public available (with password protection)

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 CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job.

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Cheating and lying in CV – fake job offers – CV database misconduct – an increasing trend or ?

Cheating and lying in CV – fake job offers – CV database misconduct – an increasing trend or ?

At Comoto we believe being honest in your CV pays off, and believe that you should not be worried about your CV data and/or your application. I will in over the next period – in my comments – show you some examples of what I believe should be avoided and hopefully thereby give you some thoughts to consider about your privacy and secure use of CV databases. Remenber at Comoto you can stand out with verified CV information – See Comoto Commenting Feature.

lying in cvFake Jobs!

One of the latest fake job offer schemes was actually quite successful in several countries – see http://www.sierra-express.biz/ (I am afraid or hope the page will be closed some day). After applying you would receive a full contract in your own local language and shortly after employed – but actually you will only be handling the export of stolen goods (becoming a mule for them) to the guys behind the scheme. Therefore, make sure you do your homework  and prepare – preparing means more than reading the home page – because as this example shows you can make a site that looks trustworthy in a few hours. The right advice will be – if the job is too good to believe, it is probably fake.

At Comoto.com we also regret every time one of our users loose an interesting job opportunity to a competing candidate whom might have “blown to much hot air” into his or her CV – therefore we will soon be launching features to support your CV’s quality and ensure the CV will be judged correctly as the right CV it is.

Cover letter feature for your convenience

Cover letter feature for your convenience

Notice: Please notice Comoto launch a new and more advanced Template section of the Comoto application early 2013.

The Template chooser makes it is easier for you find the right template and can open an integrated cover-letter editor in all 18 templates.

cover letters

Just use the Template Chooser as normally but now you can filter them by pressing the “letter” icon and then you see only the templates which have a build-in Cover letter.

 

When you press export, a screen will pop up, where you enter the data for you cover-letter/application and press export and voila you will have a CV in your favourite template and a Cover-letter as well.

CV Template Wind

 

 

Hope you enjoy this new feature in Comoto, try it out here, and if you have questions or other issues please dont hesitate to send us you comment here.

Share your favourite CV template with us

If you have a certain CV layout or CV template that you have used with success or would like our Comoto to use, why don’t share it with us? We will then implement the best features and ideas.

Please share you opinion with us by sending an email to The 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 CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job.